International Cooperation

Development in sport, of sport and through sport


Sport is boundless. From grassroots sports to the elite level, the German sports movement is embedded in European and international contexts. As the umbrella organisation of German sport, the DOSB is an international actor in many ways: from participating in international competitions and organising major sporting events, to its engagement in international committees and its contributions to international congresses. Additionally, the DOSB is involved in promoting international sport and development cooperation, facilitates international youth work in sport, and is committed to strengthening the interests of sport at EU level. To this end, the DOSB works in close cooperation with international sports science and the Olympic Academies. These different areas together form the international work of the DOSB, to which various departments of the association as well as the member organisations and DOSB-related institutions contribute. The main focus of the international work is to promote and disseminate the Olympic idea both nationally and internationally.

Three core areas of the DOSB’s international involvement are: 

  • Representation of German sports interests on different international levels 
  • International sports promotion by contributing to the global development of sport systems and structures
  • Sport for Development as the intentional use of sport and physical activity to bring about positive change in the lives of people and communities
International Relations

German interests on the international sports governance stage

International Sports Promotion

German sport experts promote the development of sport in developing and emerging countries

Sport for Development

Sport as a global promoter of sustainable development and peace

DOSB International and the SDGs

Sport2030 ©Jackie Lauff
Sport2030 ©Jackie Lauff

In 2015, the United Nations officially adopted the Agenda 2030 as a universal call for action to end poverty, protect the planet and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere. The Agenda 2030 contains 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be achieved for this end. In its international work, the DOSB makes important contributions to the achievement of these SDGs at various levels:  

The thematic area of sport for development focuses explicitly on developmental content. Respective activities aim to contribute to the implementation of the SDGs in the project countries. Here, sport is understood in socio-pedagogical terms and is consciously used to promote a healthy and active lifestyle, integration, inclusion, gender justice, personality development and peace.   

International Sports Promotion projects enable valuable bilateral exchange with partner countries and promotes access to sports opportunities, especially for girls and women. For example, our projects contribute to gender equality and enhance the participants’ health and well-being.   

The DOSB's international advocacy group also contributes to the implementation of the SDGs by promoting global partnerships and international networking.  By implementing multilateral European sports projects within the framework of EU funding programmes such as Erasmus+ Sport, the DOSB actively contributes to shaping the European dimension of sport and strengthens European networks.  Moreover, the DOSB works in international bodies to promote good governance, the preservation of the European Model of Sport, and the fight against doping and match fixing. By this means, the DOSB works to shape and develop sport itself in a sustainable manner. 

Possible contributions of sport to achieving the SDGs are presented in detail here.

Moreover, the DOSB does not only contribute to the achievement of the SDGs on an international level. In Germany, more than 90,000 clubs and associations of organised sport contribute to the realisation of the goals on a national scale. With their activities they promote inclusion, integration, environmental protection, health prevention and much more

[Translate to Englisch:] Basketball in Namibia © DOSBWe get people on the move - worldwide

To date, the DOSB has been internationally active in over 130 countries around the world, getting people moving and improving access to sport. Current projects include  Gambia, Botswana, Jordan, Uganda, Namibia, Turkey and Kosovo.

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