The CRDA journal is semi-annual, open-access, online, and peer-reviewed.

The journal is a forum in which practices, ideas, research, theories, ethics, and controversies of relief, development, and advocacy are presented, discussed, and debated by those who share a commitment to live in service to Jesus Christ. The overall goal is to learn how to improve the way faithful Christians, whether practitioners, academic researchers, or both, engage the world and work to create thriving communities, both local and global.

The CRDA journal publishes reviews of innovative and best practices, theoretical inquiries, quantitative and qualitative research, case studies, policy analyses, and ethical reflections on the myriad issues encountered in the fields of relief, development, and advocacy.  Anticipated territory for study and commentary includes, but is not limited to, the work of intergovernmental agencies, multilateral and bilateral organizations, corporate philanthropy, development-oriented foundations, private NGOs, and transnational social movements, as well as high-impact, community-based organizations (e.g., religious bodies, business co-ops, slum schools, sports clubs) which seek to improve local living conditions.  The journal is primarily dedicated to topics focused on the Global South, but submissions addressing relevant issues of relief, development, and advocacy in the Global North are also welcome.

One specific goal of CRDA is to foster the mutual enrichment of reflective practitioners and engaged academics through a vibrant dialogue among both communities.  To this end, the journal invites commentary and critique of its carefully researched articles. 

All material published in the journal is either intentionally informed by the Christian faith or of special interest to the Christian community.  By “Christian faith,” the Accord Network and journal editors mean expressions of faith that derive from the many different Christian traditions that hold to the Apostles Creed as a basic statement of faith.  Furthermore, the editorial policy is to respect the eight core principles of the Accord Network, which together highlight God’s creational and redemptive care for all aspects of life.