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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 106-120

Movement, games and sport in psychosocial intervention: a critical discussion of its potential and limitations within cooperation for development

1 Physical Activity and Sport Sciences and a Master in Cooperation for Development and Humanitarian Aid. He is member of the Group for Cooperation DIM, Technical University of Madrid. Currently he is research coordinator at the Interdisciplinary Centre of Excellence for Sports Science and Development, University of the Western Cape, South Africa., South Africa
2 Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, Masters degree in Cooperation for Development and Humanitarian Aid and a Masters degree in Culture, Society and Development. She is a member of the Group for Cooperation DIM. Currently she is working at the Department for Cooperation for Development, Technical University of Madrid

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This article critically discusses the use of movement, games and sport in cooperation for development, in post conflict rehabilitation and in the context of violence, disaster and conflict. Pointing out the ambivalent nature of sport and its limitations, we conclude that, if we really want to achieve an impact through movement, games and sport, we should use them as tools with concrete strategies according to specific goals, local context and based on the interests, needs and leadership of the participants. In addition, we argue that in psychosocial intervention, sport is even more powerful combined with other movement, educational or therapeutic methods, and interventions. In spite of a few interesting evaluation and research projects, which we discuss briefly in this article, we still generally lack knowledge about the effects of the applied strategies. Nevertheless, we conclude that there are some possible key factors and basic aspects to contribute to the development of pertinent and effective projects using the potential of movement, games and sport in psychosocial interventions within cooperation for development. We also highlight the importance of the relationship with, and between, the participants and the active, dynamic and participatory character of the intervention.

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