Under the leadership of IAAF President Sebastian Coe, the IAAF Development Programme has evolved from a centralised to a decentralised concept. The Area Associations were considered best placed to determine development policy in their respective regions.
In order to understand the new technical framework, we have provided a definition of the important terminology:
Development is an ongoing change for improvement. It describes changing people, structures and processes and is not limited just to certain areas or countries. Meanwhile it has to be systemic with a specific approach and solution.
Development Cooperation is the joint and equal collaboration of experts, organisations and institutions within the IAAF Community to implement measures for the purpose of self-contained development in each Area and Member Federation.
Decentralisation is splitting up work and delegating functions and services to various entities.
The concept of a Decentralised Development Cooperation is to share the task of athletics development by coordinating development activities in a strategic way, by considering the most cost efficient solutions for the region and by ultimately achieving tailor-made solutions for the Member Federations.
The long-term vision of the Decentralised Development Cooperation includes but is not limited to:
* Competent key players in athletics
* Increased participation in athletics
* Engaged athletics community
* Adequate infrastructure for athletics
* Effective / efficient administration of athletics
In order to achieve these goals, it is important to coordinate all efforts within an agreed strategic framework. This will allow the IAAF to set the right priorities, allocate resources effectively and make development measurable. The strategic framework must consist of consolidated Development Plans for all key players in development: Member Federations, Area Associations and the IAAF.