Christian Relief, Development, and Advocacy: The Journal of the Accord Network https://crdajournal.org/index.php/crda <p><img src="/public/site/images/rhoksbergen/Logo_CRDA_14kb1.png"></p> <p>The CRDA journal facilitates a lively, rigorous, cutting edge debate on&nbsp;Christ-Centered Solutions to Poverty that Result in Human Flourishing.</p> The Accord Network en-US Christian Relief, Development, and Advocacy: The Journal of the Accord Network 2689-4394 Do Savings Groups Work? https://crdajournal.org/index.php/crda/article/view/491 <p>Using a unique model for community development called the Church Empowerment Zone, World Relief partners with the local church in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to implement a high impact, sustainable economic development program called Savings for Life. An innovative longitudinal data collection tool brings data from six years of program implementation and reveals continued positive financial growth for beneficiaries, even after program staff left the area. World Relief collected 673 datasets from 196 savings groups to learn how savings groups evolve and grow over time; members average over 350% increase in savings after six years while group sizes remain at maximum membership. The data also reveal the program’s positive outcomes on future savings groups: later-joining members saved nearly three times as much in their first year as early savings groups had in their first year.</p> Courtney Purvis Copyright (c) 2021-09-01 2021-09-01 3 1 1 14 Being Light https://crdajournal.org/index.php/crda/article/view/497 <p>Review of best blogs and podcasts for Christian RDA professionals</p> Jeffrey Bloem Copyright (c) 2021-08-31 2021-08-31 3 1 15 17 Liturgies from Below: Praying with People at the End of the World https://crdajournal.org/index.php/crda/article/view/499 <p>Book review of&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Liturgies from Below: </strong></p> <p><strong>Praying with People at the End of the World</strong></p> <p>By <em>Claudio Carvalhaes </em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sharon Gramby-Sobukwe Copyright (c) 2021-08-31 2021-08-31 3 1 18 20 International Development and Local Faith Actors: Ideological and Cultural Encounters https://crdajournal.org/index.php/crda/article/view/501 <p>Review of</p> <p><strong>International Development and Local Faith Actors: Ideological and Cultural Encounters</strong></p> <p><em>Edited by Kathryn Kraft and Olivia J. Wilkinson</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Roland Hoksbergen Copyright (c) 2021 Christian Relief, Development, and Advocacy: The Journal of the Accord Network 2021-08-31 2021-08-31 3 1 21 23