Senior Honors Projects, 2010-2019

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Date of Graduation

Spring 2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)

Archival Department Name

Deaprtment of Nursing


David Shonk

Joshua Pate

Emeka Anaza


Since 2001, the United Nations (UN) has used sport as a development tool through the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP). This paper examines the issues in the Sport for Development and Peace (SDP) movement that warranted the UN’s involvement and looks at how and why the UN uses sport. It will also offer recommendations on how it can continue to do so in a more sustainable way. Academics have struggled to find a way to measure the success of the SDP movement and the only evidence that exists that shows that sport is creating long-term positive change is anecdotal. This creates a problem as it is challenging to convince potential donors to financially support an initiative when there is no quantitative proof of success. Through the theoretical lens of institutional theory and resource dependence theory, this paper explores the current organizational structure of the UN’s involvement and propose a new organizational structure that will make the UNOSDP more financially sustainable.



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