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 COVID, Climate Change, Conflict, and Global Poverty https://crdajournal.org/index.php/crda/article/view/469 <p>Michael Woolcock, along with his World Bank colleague, Samuel Freije-Rodriguez, co-directed the recent World Bank report entitled <em>Reversals of Fortune: Poverty and Shared Prosperity 2020. </em>In this interview with Dr. Woolcock, in addition to reflecting on how his faith inspires him and his work at the World Bank, he also shares the main approaches and findings of the report.&nbsp; In this wide-ranging discussion, Dr. Woolcock discusses methodology, data-gathering, the impacts of the three Cs (COVID, Climate, and Conflict) on poverty and shared prosperity, and his reasons for hope in a better world for everyone.</p> Roland Hoksbergen Michael Woolcock Copyright (c) 2021-02-24 2021-02-24 2 2 37 48 Reconciling Conservation and Development in an Era of Global Environmental Change https://crdajournal.org/index.php/crda/article/view/463 <p>Longstanding friction between socioeconomic development and biodiversity conservation has become increasingly untenable in an unprecedented era of anthropogenic global environmental change. Despite numerous and high-profile attempts at better integrating these often-competing priorities, unresolved tensions remain as a result of dueling worldviews and approaches: much of development tends to be anthropocentric (centered on humans) while much of conservation remains eco/biocentric (centered on the bio/ecosphere). We offer theocentrism as a biblically normative and conceptually effective way to transcend and reconcile these conflicting worldviews. After providing a brief biblical overview of theocentrism, we highlight seven theoretical implications of this worldview. We then offer four practical applications for faith-based organizations along with examples of Christian groups that are seeking to more holistically integrate conservation and development in their work around the world.</p> Benjamin Lowe Rachel Lamb Ruth Padilla DeBorst Copyright (c) 2021 Christian Relief, Development, and Advocacy: The Journal of the Accord Network 2021-02-24 2021-02-24 2 2 49 54 Missional Theology as a Framework of Evaluation for Transformational Development https://crdajournal.org/index.php/crda/article/view/467 <p>Transformational Development (TD), sometimes referred to as integral mission or holistic mission, is an approach to Christian mission that strives for improved quality of life for the whole person and the whole community. Many Christian organizations engaged in international development refer to their work as TD. This paper argues that effectiveness in alleviating poverty is not, on its own, an indication of effectiveness in Christian mission. It suggests that themes from missional theology can be used to shape program design and evaluation in ways that bring greater clarity to TD as an engagement in Christian mission. Because meaning is conveyed in and through actions, TD organizations should assess what beliefs, aims, and values are conveyed through their practice. Evaluation of TD effectiveness in Christian mission should therefore take into account whether it influences people to consider the significance of what God has done and is doing in history to reconcile all things to himself.</p> Gregory Reader Copyright (c) 2021-03-01 2021-03-01 2 2 55 64 Building Community Capacity During a Crisis https://crdajournal.org/index.php/crda/article/view/453 <p>In the middle of a compounding health and hunger crisis in El Salvador, church and community leaders have catalyzed their relationships of trust and previous experience in community development to care for the most vulnerable families in their communities. The following paper discusses how staff from a Salvadoran, faith-based, NGO have responded to and worked with leaders from local churches and community-based organizations (CBOs) across El Salvador to manage the complicated and dynamic conditions generated by COVID-19. The paper draws on monitoring data, including interviews with church and community leaders, stakeholder meetings, and staff field visits, to describe the exercise of community capacity by local leaders. The discussion uses Robert Chaskin's operational model of community capacity to identify how local leaders build on and generate new capacities in the midst of a protracted crisis. There is emerging evidence that the relief and recovery efforts directed by church and community organizations have served to strengthen community capacity in a number of critical areas. The paper closes by describing how NGOs and other third-party organizations can direct programs to strengthen community capacity in the short-term in order to support church and community leaders’ efforts for long-term holistic change.</p> James Huff Ronald Bueno Copyright (c) 2021 Christian Relief, Development, and Advocacy: The Journal of the Accord Network 2021-02-24 2021-02-24 2 2 65 74 Effects of a Virtual Church-Based Wellness Circle Program in Chile During COVID-19 https://crdajournal.org/index.php/crda/article/view/459 <p>The Christian non-profit Kingdom Workers began a wellness circle program in Linares, Chile, two months before COVID-19 restricted most in-person activities. This article describes why the program began, how it was intended to operate, and how the Kingdom Worker Chile (KW Chile) team adapted to continue the program virtually, while maintaining its core mission of partnering with Christians to share the gospel message through a health and wellness support program. The forced adaptation of the wellness circles to a virtual format contributed to an increase in the number of program participants from the community as well as from neighboring cities and countries. There was also an increase in the number of volunteers who were able to offer additional supplementary activities. While the wellness circle program is new and small, it is a valued non-profit ministry and lessons can be learned from analyzing its experiences during the pandemic. Overall, the positive effects of the program’s transition online have permanently altered its structure for the foreseeable future and KW Chile plans to continue offering virtual wellness circles to involve volunteers and participants whose engagement is no longer hindered by travel, location, or time restraints.</p> Elise Gross Jason Paltzer Copyright (c) 2021-02-24 2021-02-24 2 2 75 80 Bob Mitchell, Faith-Based Development: How Christian Organizations Can Make a Difference https://crdajournal.org/index.php/crda/article/view/471 <p>Book review of</p> <p><strong>Faith-Based Development: How Christian Organizations Can Make a Difference</strong></p> <p><em>By Bob Mitchell</em></p> Tiffany Butler Copyright (c) 2021-02-24 2021-02-24 2 2 81 82 David C. Kirkpatrick, A Gospel for the Poor: Global Social Christianity and the Latin American Evangelical Left https://crdajournal.org/index.php/crda/article/view/483 <p>Book review of David C. Kirkpatrick, <em>A Gospel for the Poor: Global Social Christianity and the Latin American Evangelical Left</em></p> Andrew Williams Copyright (c) 2021-02-25 2021-02-25 2 2 82 83 Jacquineau Azetsop SJ, Ed. Integral Human Development. Challenges to Sustainability and Democracy https://crdajournal.org/index.php/crda/article/view/473 <p>Book Review of I<em>ntegral Human Development. Challenges to Sustainability and Democracy </em>by Jacquineau Azetsop SJ</p> Carlos Timaná Kure Copyright (c) 2021-02-24 2021-02-24 2 2 83 84 Dena Freeman, Tearfund and the Quest for Faith-Based Development https://crdajournal.org/index.php/crda/article/view/475 <p>Book Review on</p> <p><strong>Tearfund and the Quest for Faith-Based Development</strong></p> <p><em>By Dena Freeman</em></p> Catriona Dejean Nina Kurlberg Copyright (c) 2021-02-24 2021-02-24 2 2 85 87 David Greenlee, Mark Galpin, and Paul Bendor-Samuel, Eds. Undivided Witness: Jesus Followers, Community Development, and Least Reached Communities https://crdajournal.org/index.php/crda/article/view/479 <p>Book Review of Greenlee, David, Mark Galpin, and Paul Bendor-Samuel, Eds. <em>Undivided Witness: Jesus Followers, Community Development, and Least Reached Communities&nbsp;</em></p> TS John Copyright (c) 2021-02-24 2021-02-24 2 2 88 90