About Us

The Purpose of the Foundation for Sport, Development and Peace

The purpose and vision of the Foundation is to promote/advocate and facilitate an improved understanding and practise of sport and the application of the Olympic values as tools for development and peace.



The aims and objectives of the Foundation are:

  • To understand, advocate and promote sport and the Olympic values as tools for development, social change and peace at a community level and at society at large;
  • To create and strengthen networks and develop partnerships to improve cooperation, capacity building and implementation;
  • To facilitate the transfer of related knowledge, skills and resources in the relevant fields;
  • To facilitate public and institutional awareness, personal development, education and training in support of sport as a tool for development, social change and peace and of the Olympic values.


The Foundation is committed to:

  • Seeking participatory, cross-cultural and transformative approaches to sport, development and peace;
  • Multi-disciplinarity;
  • Locating itself within local realities and acknowledging the meanings and lessons to be learned from each regional, geographic and cultural context;
  • Accountability, transparency, inclusivity and participatory decision-making in all its practices;
  • Celebrating diversity, especially in terms of race, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion and culture;
  • A human-centred approach in research, teaching, training and outreach; and continuously striving for improvement;
  • The Olympic values of friendship, joy of effort, fair play, respect, excellence and balance of body, spirit, will and mind.

Our Board Members


Marion Keim

Marion has a D.Phil. in Sports and Exercise Sciences from the University of Heidelberg, Germany and an LLB from the Law Faculty of the University of the Western Cape. She is an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa and certified in Sport Law from Rand Afrikaans University, South Africa, and in Mediation from the Institute for Conflict Resolution, University of Brunswick, Germany. From 2005- present she has been one of the founders and Chairperson of the Western Cape Network for Community Peace and Development, a civil society umbrella network consisting of 32 NGOs in South Africa working in the area of conflict transformation, youth and community development, health, education and sport. She is the Trainings Advisor for Women for Peace and she on the Ministerial Advisory Committee for Sport and Recreation and member of the Eminent People Group for Sport and Transformation for the Minister of Sport and Recreation South Africa. She was recently appointed by the President of the International Olympic Committee as expert on the Commission for  Culture and Olympic Education.


Christo De Coning

Prof. Christo de Coning is a freelance academic, evaluation consultant and a development practitioner. He is both a Professor Extraordinaire at the School of Public Leadership, University of Stellenbosch (to December 2017) and a Professor Extraordinaire at the Faculty of Community and Health Sciences, University of the Western Cape (October 2012-September 2015). He is presently a contract researcher at UWC on Sport and Development and a facilitator of M&E technical assistance projects and Certificate Courses at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Sport Science and Development (ICESSD) at UWC and an Evaluation Consultant and Advisor to National Treasury. He is a founding Director of the Institute for Sport and Development as well as the Foundation for Sport, Development and Peace. He specializes in public policy, strategy and implementation, M&E, as well as development management.


Heidi Raymer

Heidi is an entrepreneur, successful property developer and a philanthropist. She is actively involved in development activities and current projects include the design and development of sustainable villages, transformative learning and teaching environments, prototype iSTEAM (Innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Maths) Academies and various other city based urban planning initiatives to create holistic living environments with a strong emphasis being placed on meeting the humanist, educational, social and environmental needs of disadvantaged communities.

She is also involved in social upliftment initiatives, is a co-founder of EDuQ8 AFRICA, a Cape Town based company established to tackle sub-Saharan Africa’s education crisis and founded the London based EDuQ8 INTERNATIONAL in order to attract leading educators to Africa.