A  series of evidence-based briefing papers that set out the ways in which children’s rights intersect with mega sporting events.

The 6 themes of the research:

6 themes

Labour, LGBT, Women, Environment, Housing and Security

Headlines findings

The purpose of the papers is to clarify linkages, gaps and differences, encourage joint thinking and inform more coherent approaches from a children’s rights perspective. By developing this knowledge base Terre des Hommes seeks to inform advocacy measures and activities targeting MSE organizers and contribute to collective efforts to respect human rights at all stages of the event lifecycle: bidding, preparation, delivery and legacy.

Borrowed from the world of engineers, the innovation is to “bridge” between the different ‘sectors’ impacted by Mega Sporting Events and child rights perspectives to inform more coherent approaches and form a child rights standpoint.

Our strategy to increase opportunities and reduce risks for children shifted towards a child-centred approach within a wider set of goals.

Putting child rights in the bidding process will be more successful and effective when advocating within a broader human rights framework. In this context, a united effort was made around the ‘Sport and Rights Alliance’ (SRA) which exists since January 2015. The SRA is a coalition of leading NGOs, sport organizations and trade unions engaged to address decision makers of international sport governing bodies to introduce measures to ensure these events are organized in a way that respects human rights, including child rights, labour rights, LGBT rights, the environment and anti-corruption requirements at all stages of the process – from bidding, infrastructure development to delivery and final reporting. Terre des Hommes is a partner of the SRA.






Commissioned from the Centre for Sport, Physical Education and Activity Research (SPEAR) and the Research Centre for Children, Families and Communities at Canterbury Christ Church University, the series of “bridges” intends to get us all out of our silos. We strive for a collaboration respecting the specificities of all the organizations that are united in diversity.

Really good players don’t just “keep their eyes on the ball”.

Commissioned by: Terre des Hommes supported by the Oak Foundation.

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