This issue focuses on the topic of sustainability. We are looking at planning for the long term; to ensure that development can bring real and lasting transformation to a community, that will continue beyond a limited period of funding or external input. Sustainability should be thought about not just in terms of funding but also in terms of ideas, attitudes, motivation, faith, relationships, and ability to organise. It is about empowering people.

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  • Bible study: Our attitude towards money

    Our attitude towards money.   God has created and provided us with everything we have, therefore we have a responsibility to look after the resources he has given us. What we have should be viewed as a gift from God and not as something that we have a right to. Acommon worldview is that having wealth is important. However, riches and blessing are not necessarily linked. Many people in the Bible who served God faithfully and were blessed by him were materially poor.

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  • Letters

    Support for deaf people.   I am a specialised teacher and am also deaf. I have six children but was abandoned by their father a long time ago. I am also a tutor for two little deaf and dumb boys.

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  • Needs assessment

    by Rachel Blackman. Many development projects are not sustainable because they are not ‘owned’ by the people they seek to help. Sometimes a project starts when one influential person in the community, or an outsider, looks at the community and identifies the issues that they think need to be addressed. For example, they may think that a community needs better access to water.

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  • Planning for sustainability

    by Karim Sahyoun. The idea of development is to bring about positive, sustainable change. Development should not be seen as something new to a community, brought in by outside organisations. Rather, it is an ongoing process which may lead to improvements in physical, emotional and spiritual well-being and which gives people encouragement and confidence to realise their potential.

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  • Resources

    A Book for Midwives: care for pregnancy, birth and women’s health by Susan Klein, Suellen Miller and Fiona Thomson

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  • Some tips for financial sustainability

    Planning is important for financial sustainability. Start with your organisation’s vision and aims, and then look to see how that work could be funded. Stay focused on work that uses the skills, experience and knowledge you have within the organisation. Don’t plan your work or change your aims just to get easy funding.

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  • Strengthening communities for sustainable change

    by Vannesa Lovera Hidalgo. The Asociación San Lucas (Saint Luke’s Association) works to develop communities by providing training in planning and negotiation skills, and by encouraging networking with the local government and other organisations. 

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