The Man Who Stopped the Desert

From a harsh, uncompromising land comes a story of hope…
Yacouba Sawadogo, a peasant farmer from Africa has succeeded where international agencies failed. Over the last twenty years he has successfully battled against nature, and man, to become a pioneer in the fight against desertification.

But Yacouba’s struggle is not simply an agricultural story, it is pure drama. It is about one man’s conviction that now has the potential to benefit many thousands living in the Sahel region of Africa.

“Yacouba’s story is both incredibly timely and important given the current crisis in many parts of the world with desertification. It is also rare to find a conservation story with such an upbeat and inspirational ending”.
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The Man Who Stopped the Desert is a beautifully filmed, emotional roller coaster that will leave you moved and inspired.
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Dr Rowan Williams – New Perspectives on Faith and Development – UPDATE

New Perspectives on Faith and Development: Closing keynote address

In the final seminar of this series on faith and development our speaker asks:

Have we ignored the teachings of faith groups in our treatment of the natural environment? Do faith traditions have a relevant voice on climate change and environmental degradation? Can they provide us with the energy and focus to overcome inaction? Do they add anything new to this debate?

Keynote Speaker: Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury

Chair: Rabbi David Rosen

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Here is a summary of Rowan Williams’s presentation, as it appeared in The Guardian: Continue reading “Dr Rowan Williams – New Perspectives on Faith and Development – UPDATE”

Sustainability vs Resilience

In a recent opinion text in The New York Times, Andrew Zolli takes to task the sacrosanct concept of sustainability, a sort of ‘holy cow’ of development thinking.

By ‘sustainability’ he means ‘the idea that with the right mix of incentives, technology substitutions and social change, humanity might finally achieve a lasting equilibrium with our planet, and with one another’.

The author argues that the world today is in such a dis-balanced state that sustainability is almost an utopia.

Zolli opposes to this unrealistic expectation the concept of ‘resilience’, defined as ‘how to help vulnerable people, organizations and systems persist, perhaps even thrive, amid unforeseeable disruptions. Continue reading “Sustainability vs Resilience”

Bono’s ‘Humbling’ Realizations About Aid, Capitalism And Nerds

Bono has learned much about music over more than three decades with U2. But alongside that has been a lifelong lesson in campaigning — the activist for poverty reduction in Africa spoke frankly on Friday about how his views about philanthropy had now stretched to include an appreciation for capitalism.

The Irish singer and co-founder of ONE, a campaigning group that fights poverty and disease in Africa, said it had been “a humbling thing for me” to realize the importance of capitalism and entrepreneurialism in philanthropy, particularly as someone who “got into this as a righteous anger activist with all the cliches.” Continue reading “Bono’s ‘Humbling’ Realizations About Aid, Capitalism And Nerds”

World Vision Hiring A Faith and Development Project Coordinator for the Middle East and Eastern Europe Region


The purpose of the Faith and Development Project Coordinator is to support Lebanon and BiH National Offices and staff working to implement the Peacebuilding and Interfaith dialogue program and coordinate the Peacebuilding & Interfaith Cooperation capacity building regional Project.

The purpose of the position is to support National Offices and staff working in a multi-faith context in MEER and to enable the development and implementation of ministry strategies appropriate to achieving Child Well Being aspirations. Continue reading “World Vision Hiring A Faith and Development Project Coordinator for the Middle East and Eastern Europe Region”

A Dictionary for Development Specialists

1.  Project manager is a person who thinks that 9 women can deliver a baby in 1 month.

2.  Developer is a person who thinks it will take 18 months to deliver a baby.

3.  Client is the one who doesn’t know why he wants a baby. Continue reading “A Dictionary for Development Specialists”

World Vision Romania – Campania Globala pentru Educatie

Romania anului 2010 TREBUIE sa respecte dreptul copiilor la educatie!


Presedintia Romaniei, Ministerul Educatiei, Cercetarii, Tineretului si Sportului, Ministerul Afacerilor Externe, Guvernul Romaniei

La 20 de ani de la semnarea Conventiei ONU cu privire la drepturile copilului, atat Romania cat si alte state ale lumii semnatare ale conventiei (Kenya, Nigeria, India, s.a.) incalca flagrant Articolul 28 cu privire la dreptul copilului la educatie. In calitate de garant al drepturilor copiilor asa cum sunt ele stabilite prin Conventia ONU si de mediator in relatia dintre stat si societate, va inaintam, domnule Presedinte, prezenta petitie prin care va solicitam imperios: Continue reading “World Vision Romania – Campania Globala pentru Educatie”

Friendship at the Margins: Discovering Mutuality in Service and Mission

A few days ago I had the pleasure of receiving from IVP a complimentary copy of the new book of my friend Chris Heuertz, International Director of the Christian organisation Word Made Flesh. It is called Friendship at the Margins: Discovering Mutuality in Service and Mission. and it was written together with Christine Pohl, professor of social ethics at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky. Continue reading “Friendship at the Margins: Discovering Mutuality in Service and Mission”

David Chronic, from WMF, on ‘The Situation in Romania’

My friend David Chronic, who leads the ministry of Word Made Flesh (Cuvintul Intrupat) in Romania, based in Galati, has written an interesting evaluation of the situation of our dear and sad country (the source, HERE).

It is interesting sometimes to see yourself through the eyes of others. I hope you will find this reading interesting, even if painful. Continue reading “David Chronic, from WMF, on ‘The Situation in Romania’”

WVS – Mapping Authority and Survival

Here is a very interesting graph.

Source: World Values Survey

Global Wellbeing Surveys Find Nations Worlds Apart

Ten percent or lower are “thriving” in 41 of 155 countries or areas

by Cynthia English

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Gallup’s global snapshot of wellbeing reveals a vast divide that underscores the diversity of economic development challenges around the world. The percentage who are “thriving” ranges from a high of 82% in Denmark to a low of 1% in Togo.

Using data collected in 155 countries or areas since 2005, Gallup classifies respondents as “thriving,” “struggling,” or “suffering,” according to how they rate their current and future lives on a ladder scale based on the Cantril Self-Anchoring Striving Scale. Continue reading “Global Wellbeing Surveys Find Nations Worlds Apart”

Largest Private Cash Gift in World Vision History

By Rich Stearns, President of World Vision US

The same week as the tragic deaths of our colleagues in Pakistan, World Vision had another unprecedented event in our 60-year history.

We received a $35 million gift commitment from a private donor – the biggest single gift ever given to us. This is a remarkable blessing which God has provided through the generosity of a couple who have taken their stewardship seriously. Continue reading “Largest Private Cash Gift in World Vision History”

ACT – Churches Launch Major Humanitarian Alliance

The ACT Alliance, bringing together over 100 church-backed relief and development organizations worldwide, has been formally launched on 24 March with celebrations in Geneva and around the world.

The new ACT Alliance is one of the world’s largest humanitarian bodies working in 125 countries with a combined budget of 1.5 billion US dollars. It provides emergency food aid, shelter, water and sanitation facilities, and poverty reduction programmes in the world’s poorest countries. Continue reading “ACT – Churches Launch Major Humanitarian Alliance”

Pir Wadhai – Terminal Life – An Extraordinary Documentary

Half the population of Pir Wadhai, Pakistan’s busiest open air bus terminal, is under 15.  Eighty percent have been working since they were three, or younger. Continue reading “Pir Wadhai – Terminal Life – An Extraordinary Documentary”

World Vision Training Midwives in Afghanistan

You absolutely have to watch this. My WV colleague John Schenk, who created this short documentary, is a real artist.

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Learning From the Sin of Sodom

Nicholas D. Kristof published yesterday, 27 Feb. 2010, in New York Times, an excellent article on the work of World Vision US. The op-ed columnist uses this opportunity to make some interesting comments on evangelicalism and liberalism in the American context.

The article does not distinguish clearly between World Vision International, the umbrella organisation having over 40,000 staff working in almost 100 countries, and World Vision Unitestd States, which is just one of the national entities that form this international partnership, be it the largest. Yet, this is a common confusion and does not detract from the gest of this text. I will paste below just a few lines from this article which is worth reading in its entirety. Continue reading “Learning From the Sin of Sodom”

Valdir Steuernagel – More Partners at the Table

Valdir Steuernagel is Theologian-at-Large for World Vision International and a Lausanne Movement leader.

I met him for the first time in 1994, in Oradea, at a theological consultation. Hew was the person I was most impressed with at that event. He appeared to me as a passionate, imaginative and prophetic type of missions theologian. Continue reading “Valdir Steuernagel – More Partners at the Table”

World Vision congratulates CNN Hero Efren Penaflorida

Efren Penaflorida paid it all back.

World Vision joins the thousands of people, especially Filipinos, around the world in rejoicing with Efren and the Dynamic Teen Company (DTC) for winning the CNN Hero of the Year Award.

Efren, a school teacher from Cavite was named first Pinoy CNN Hero for his inspiring commitment of helping educate street children with his Kariton Klasrum (Classroom Cart) through a group he founded in the 90’s, the Dynamic Teen Company.

Out of over 9,000 nominees from across the world, Efren emerged the hero in a special awarding ceremony held Saturday at the Kodak Theater in New York garnering the most number of votes worldwide.

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Dallas Justice Revival

World Vision US joined Sojourners in organising the Dallas Justice Revival event. on 10-12 November, in Dallas Market Hall.

Jaci Velasquez, Salvador, Zan Holmes, Fred Hammond, Sam Rodriguez, Israel Houghton, & Jim Wallis will be involved in this event.


Jonathan Tame – Friday Five

Jonathan Tame

Jonathan Tame

Jonathan Tame is a good friend. He worked for many years with YWAM (Youth With a Mission). He lived for a few years in Iasi, where he was instrumental in creating Primul Pas, a crisis pregnancy centre, as well as Cluj, where he helped create Quo Vadis, a world-view cafe.

He lived lately in Geneva, where he supported our common friend the Romanian Svculptor Liviu Mocan in placing there his Invitation/Decalogue work.

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Michael Schluter si Triplul Test

Michael Schluter

Michael Schluter, un economist britanic ce a fost implicat cu Banca Mondială, în calitate de consultant, este fondator at Jubilee Centre din Cambridge, UK, un centru creştin dedicat reformelor sociale. Iată ce spune Chris Wright, Director internaţional al Langham Partnership:

The Jubilee Centre is in the bridge building business, seeking to connect the world of the Bible with the world of contemporary society.
Biblical scholars often fail to connect with the modern world. Social reformers often fail to take the Bible seriously.
The Jubilee Centre has a fine track record in avoiding both dangers.

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Tony Blair – Why Faith Matters for Development

Tony Blair

The Tony Blair Faith Foundation, DFID, Islamic Relief, World Vision and Oxfam are working together to host 6 groundbreaking seminars to discuss the new perspectives emerging on Faith and Development.

On the 7th of September Tony Blair gave the key note address on why faith matters for development, chaired by Karen Armstrong.

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Din robie in pustie, in albaneza

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În luna octobbrie voi susţine în Albania un seminar pe tema unei perspective creştine asupra comunismului şi postcomunismului, pentru o întâlnire a Alianţei Evanghelice Albaneze, VUSH. În noiembrie voi face acelaşi lucru pentru un grup de lideri creştini din Kosova.

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Critici catolice adresate enciclicei Caritas in Veritate

Martin Marty Center

Rick Elgendy ne atrage atenţia în numărul din 16 iulie 2009 al revistei Sightings, editată de Martin Marty Center de la University of Chicago, cu privire la faptul, absolut neobişnuit pentru cercurile catolice conservatoare, că doi dintre cei mai importanţi reprezentaţi catolici ai dreptei religioase americane au îndrăznit să exprime critici publice foarte aspre la adresa ultimei enciclice a papei Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate.

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World Vision in Coreea de nord

Tim Stafford, editor la Christianity Today, a publicat recent în această revistă un articol despre vizita făcută în luna iunie a acestui an, în Coreea de nord, împreună cu Dean Hirsch, Preşedintele World Vision International.

Relatările sale ne amintesc de cele mai negre vremuri din România lui Ceauşesscu. Citiţi AICI acest text. El nu este recomandat celor slabi de inimă.

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Caritas in Veritate – A Synopsis

Pope BenedictXVI

I doubt many of us had the time and energy to read the last encyclica of Pope Benedict XVI, called Caritas in Veritate.

My World Vision colleague Tadeusz Mich has put together a synopsis of the recommendations offered in this papal document. Here it is, for those who are in need of this “shortcut”. Continue reading “Caritas in Veritate – A Synopsis”

Caritas in veritate


Papa Benedict XVI a semnat la 29 iunie noua sa enciclică, intitulată Caritas in veritate (textul enciclicei, AICI), a cărei temă generală este dezvoltarea economică, socială, tehnologică şi morală a popoarelor.

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