Tom Jarman contends that mega-events like the Olympics fail to serve communities that need the investment, and instead mostly benefit the private sector and the country's elites.
With the opening kick-off of the FIFA World Cup 2014 less than 12 hours away in Brazil, 32 teams are ready to compete for a prize that only eight nations have won. Brendan Rigby looks at how the countries stack up against that other ranking and prize - human development.
What determines winning gold medals at the Olympics? In a response to the research findings of Bill Easterly, Brendan Rigby looks at the relationship between human development and winning gold medals. The results suggest need for further research and spending less time on the Internet.
Sport is a fundamental part of many cultures and a source of enjoyment for billions around the globe. But what if it could be more? What if sport could be used to further international development and alleviate poverty? In his first post for WhyDev, Isuru Devendra explores these questions.