This unit provides a framework within which to understand the strengths and weakness of Non Government Development Organisations (NGDOs) and Community Based Organisations (CBOs) in responding to the needs of poor and vulnerable communities through community development initiatives. Particular attention will be given to the role of Christian faith-based organisations, including churches and mission organisations. Learners will be assisted to develop a distinctive Christian approach to grassroots economic and social development practice based on a robust theology.
Learners will be introduced to relevant theories relating to sustainable community development and human well-being, and encouraged to critique current and emerging strategies and methodologies of community development. They will be helped to understand community development and unequal power relationships from the perspective of key Biblical principles of justice and compassion. This unit will also help learners develop greater awareness and sensitivity to the complex ethical issues relating to evangelism in the context of development an unequal power.
Special attention will be given to: critical issues of inclusivity associated with disability, gender, stigma and other causes of exclusion; the rights of children; gender-based violence; the complexities of partnership strategies and models; project cycle management; the challenges and opportunities associated with working in multi-faith environments.