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Local Ownership Global Change

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As global changes occur at breathtaking speed and our communities seemingly become more violent and desolate, many people have come to understand the importance of promoting human development in all corners of the world. Yet we must still grapple with the question of what role civil society should play in that effort and how it should go about addressing those challenges. This book covers the spectrum of that debate within Christian circles. The authors, approaching this topic from diverse disciplines and orientations, vary in their views and probe at the topic with great enthusiasm, exposing multifaceted insights, questions and practices of civil society, development and NGOs. Each theoretical discussion and practical example is wrapped around two central themes: why does Christianity matter to this discussion and what does effective development look like? This volume is a guide to further exploration of how faith helps us understand development and assess the role civil society plays in the larger context of development. The results of this understanding will influence the nature of how we operate in largely secular arenas, from formulating sound partnerships and affiliations, to overcoming our Western focus of equating economic growth with success or progress. It will propel Christian agencies into the Postmodern Age of thought as we search for meaning and cogent ways of interpreting human affairs. Now armed with theoretical knowledge and real-life examples, civil society-oriented activities can be examined in the light of practical relevance for developing nations. Local Ownership, Global Change paints a new picture of what development can be. Challenging existing rhetoric and examining new strategies for proactive, holistic development, this book calls for new practices and a deeper understanding of the role civil society plays in the world. Type: Paperback () Category: Books > Church Life ISBN / UPC: 9781887983372/1887983376 Publish Date: 7/1/2013 Item No: 329221 Vendor: William Carey Library

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