Community and Societal Development

How can cross-cultural development workers help communities and societies thrive by following godly principles?

Posts tagged Africa

by Ron and Carolyn Klaus

The authors share a story about a young man whose tribe had been attacked, his farm burned, and a close relative killed. Without any outside encouragement, he walked into the attacking tribe’s territory. Their leaders encircled him in a threatening way. “Wait,” he said. “Before you do anything, I have something to say. I want to tell you that I forgive you. And I want to ask your forgiveness for the things that members of my tribe have done to you.” He said it first confused the attackers. They could not understand what he was saying. Then, once they grasped it, their hearts melted. They laid down their weapons and began a conversation on how the two tribes could make peace.

Ron also shares that It it helps to realize that God is more interested in executing justice than we are, and will inevitably do so, if not in this world, certainly in the next. Therefore, when we forgive, we are not minimizing the hurt, pretending to forget it, or giving up on getting restitution. We are merely transferring our case into God’s court.

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Cameroon’s Failure to Develop Agricultural Growth

by Etienne Siama


Dans sa quête pour l’émergence à l’horizon 2035 tel que mentionné par le DSCE, le Cameroun s’est doté d’une SNDR. A mesure  que le temps passe, les objectifs assignés tardent à se réaliser et ceux d’autant plus que l’environnement de la zone du plus grand producteur de riz souffre des affres de l’insécurité, auxquelles viennent s’ajouter les défis de l’ouverture des marchés. Productrice de la denrée alimentaire la plus consommée au monde, la SEMRY est, en plus des forces de son environnement, victime de sa gouvernance. Elle est sous « assistance respiratoire », ne vit  que des subventions et ne produit aucun résultat positif. Les équipements agricoles sont usés et certains rudimentaires ; c’est encore la main d’œuvre humaine qui fait le gros du travail pour une production déplorable.   


On its quest for emergence by 2035 as indicated in the Strategy paper for growth and employment (GESP), Cameroon defined a National Rice Development Strategy (NRDS). As time passes, set objectives linger to be achieved, especially as the largest rice producing zone is gravely affected by insecurity, a situation which is compounded by the challenge of opening markets. Producer of the most consumed food in the world, SEMRY is, in addition to the forces of its environment, a victim of its governance. She is under "Respiratory assistance", lives only on subsidies and produces no positive results. Agricultural equipment is worn and some rudimentary; it is still the human labor that does most of the work for a deplorable production.

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The Plight of the Talibé: How Theology and Development Theory Inform Social Action in Senegal

by Brett D. Molter

Wherever there are communities of people living together, social injustice exists. One such social injustice existing in many of the world’s nations today is that of child trafficking. This article seeks to examine the plight of the talibé of Senegal in light of development theory and how it might address this most pressing social injustice issue. Furthermore, through exegeting Scripture, this article will address theological implications of engaging in social injustice issues and what followers of Jesus could be doing to aid in its eradication. Finally, suggestions will be given for future research concerning the plight of the talibé and how might the country of Senegal be further affected if this exploitation of boys is allowed to continue.

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Adopting a Human-Rights Based Approach to International Development

by Stanley Arumugam

It is only in the past decade that religion has been recognized as critical to ensuring sustainable international development efforts. This article focuses on the significant historical contribution of evangelical Christianity in international development and explores some of the ideological tensions that challenge partnership with secular organizations.

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“Tohu Wabohu” Concept (Genesis 1:2): The Biblical Root of International Development

by Kisongo Mbeleulu, WCIU MA student

The concept of international development is a borrowing of the biblical Hebrew concept of Tohu Wabohu. Though international development may appear corrupted in its practices by yielding to the interest of the powerful, the concept of Tohu Wabohu justifies the presence of the church on the stage of the global development community and compels the church to engage in transformation work, not as an option but as an obligation for the glory of God.

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