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This mixed-methods study conducted in the Philippines explored the perceptions of various stakeholders in the international development process on the meaning of the word “development”. It also measured the extent of differences between stakeholder groups (Adventist Development and Relief Agency [ADRA] employees, government liaisons, and beneficiaries) on their perceptions of what “development” means. It was found that approximately half of the self-generated indicators associated with the word “development” overlapped between stakeholder groups, and approximately half were unique to each stakeholder group. In addition, the differences measured between stakeholder perceptions were statistically significant using ANOVA and MANOVA procedures. The implications for these different perceptions according to stakeholder group are discussed. Furthermore, the implications for faith-based NGO’s working in development (such as ADRA) are also discussed.