Tearfund and the Quest for Faith-Based Development

1st Edition

Dena Freeman

September 16, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 232 Pages
ISBN 9780367360214 - CAT# 303989
Series: Routledge Research in Religion and Development


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This book gives an in-depth analysis of the role of faith in the work of Tearfund, a leading evangelical relief and development NGO which works in over fifty countries worldwide.

The study traces the changing ways that faith has shaped and influenced Tearfund’s work over its 50-year history and shows how the organisation has consciously grappled with the role of faith in their work and has invested considerable time and energy in developing an intentionally faith-based approach to relief and development, which in several ways is quite different to the approaches of secular relief and development NGOs. The book charts the different perspectives and possibilities that were not taken and the internal discussions about theology, development practices and humanitarian standards that took place as Tearfund worked out for itself what it meant to be a faith-based relief and development organisation. There is a growing academic literature about religion and development and increasing interest from development ministries of many Northern governments in understanding the role of religion in development and the specific challenges and benefits in working with faith-based organisations. However, there are very few studies of actual faith-based organisations and no book-length detailed studies showing how a faith-based organisation operates in practice and how they integrate their faith into their work.

In documenting the story of Tearfund, the book provides important insights into the practice and ethos of faith-based organisations which will be of interest to other FBOs, and to researchers of religion and development.

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