German Football Association

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The German Football Association e.V. (DFB) is the governing body for football in Germany. It represents the interests of its member associations in Germany and abroad and ensures consistency in German football. In a resolution dated 21 October 2010, the DFB embedded the principle of sustainability in its constitution. Seeing football as a sustainable activity also means making responsible use of its diverse potential for a fair society and a sound environment. GIZ and the DFB regularly share their experiences, because they are pursuing the same objectives, including achieving the Millennium Development Goals and attempting to make development policy central to society. The partners also implement a range of joint projects in Germany and abroad.
German Football Association website (English and German)

The German Olympic Sports Confederation

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The German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) is the non-governmental umbrella organisation of German sport. With 27.6 million individual members, it is Germany’s largest membership organisation and carries out a wide range of activities related to competitive and popular sport and youth sport. GIZ has a cooperation agreement with the DOSB that strengthens cooperation with this central body and brings the expertise of both organisations together. GIZ and DOSB aim to make full and sustainable use of the potential offered by sport and are therefore implementing joint pilot projects in partner countries that seek to optimise development cooperation.
German Olympic Sports Confederation website (English and German)

Universities and Research Institutions

GIZ seeks to build close relationships with Universities and research Institutions to assess lessons learned from the Sport for Development programme, integrating appropriate bodies into the full range of its advisory, monitoring and evaluation processes. Generating, presenting and evaluating these additional findings will help development cooperation to improve the quality and effectiveness of its work. To this end, GIZ cooperates with the German Sport University Cologne (DSHS) and the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE).

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With no fewer than 21 institutes, DSHS is Germany’s largest centre for sports science education and research and offers a broad and varied range of training. Throughout its 55-year existence, including more than 30 years as a university, DSHS has made a major contribution to sports science both in Germany and internationally, and is the only German sports university to enjoy an international reputation.
German Sport University Cologne website (English and German) International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education website

Private sector

The Sport for Development approach offers substantial potential for achieving the goals of German development cooperation. This is particularly true of cooperation with the private sector. Increasing numbers of businesses are taking their responsibility seriously and building sustainable development criteria into their corporate strategies. Using this as a platform, the Sport for Development programme seeks systematically to explore promising approaches and to apply them strategically within the sector. Funded by, the programme has established a strategic alliance until the end of 2013 with sports equipment manufacturer Nike Inc./Nike (UK) Ltd. This strategic alliance is to be implemented in Brazil, which is hosting the FIFA World Cup 2014 and the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2016, and in South Africa. The two parties also cooperate on strategic issues at global level, including the Designed to Move initiative, a global campaign launched by Nike Inc. and supported by GIZ. Public sector, civil society and private sector partners in the health, education and sports sectors are all involved in this joint approach, the aim of which is to reverse the growing trend towards physical inactivity across all age groups not only in industrialised countries but also in developing countries and emerging economies. One of the specific goals of the strategic alliance is to use sport to promote disadvantaged children in selected primary schools in Brazil and South Africa.