A Potent Fuel? Faith Identity and Development Impact in World Vision Community Programming

Michael Jennings, Matthew Clarke, Simon Feeny, Gill Westhorp, Cara Donohue

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    Abstract

    This paper explores the role of faith identity on impact in development by looking at the programming of a major international faith-based development organisation (FBDO). It argues that faith identity rests not only in the internal projected identity of the FBDO but also on perceptions of that identity in the community, highlighting the role context plays in the formulation of faith identity and its impact. Secondly, the paper argues that FBDOs possess not only a faith identity but also a development one and that it is the interplay between both that allows for the creation of engagement and trust in interventions.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)70-85
    Number of pages16
    JournalJournal of International Development
    Volume33
    Issue number1
    Early online date24 Aug 2020
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021

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