human rights sport

HRP Founder

Marianna Pavan

Hello, I’m Marianna.
I am an expert on sport for development and human rights in sports

I strongly believe that sport has a role to play in the promotion of the UN sustainable development agenda. Sport can protect and respect human rights in its activities and thus work in compliance with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. This is what inspired me to found Human Rights at Play Consulting.

What is the social, economic and environmental impact of sporting events at the local, regional and national level? Does sport succeed in breaking down unbreakable barriers of language, ethnicity, politics, and economics? Or does it maintain the status quo?

I am committed to addressing these questions. My unique approach to sport project design, management, and evaluation can help your organisation develop its sporting activities and events within a human rights framework.

Sport for development
and human rights

We support NGOs, foundations, social enterprises, sports clubs and organisations in the enhancement of the role of sport for social change in the framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Grant Writing​

Interested in running a project in sport, but don't know where to start looking for funding? You are in the right place. ​

Project Monitoring & Evaluation​

Monitor and evaluate your sport projects to maximise their sustainability.​

Human Rights in and through Sport​

Develop your club or organisation activities and events within and through a human rights framework.


Guest lecture at the University of Stirling

On 21 November 2022, Marianna delivered a guest lecture on Sport and Human Rights to the undergraduate students of the module Understanding Global Sport at the University of Stirling.

Publication on SDP

Shall We Speak Football?: “Scottish Accent You Know–It’s Not Easy”.
An academic article on football and refugees was published in the International Journal of Sport and Society.

Interested in working with us?

You would put your expertise at the services of sport for development.

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