The Netherlands: Two Large Christian Development Organisations Join Forces
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The Netherlands: Two Large Christian Development Organisations Join Forces

Fr Sjaak de Boer MHM is a member of the Supervisory Board of Cordaid and has signed up for another two years on the joint Board. He writes: “The merger of Cordaid and ICCO is a fact! Today widely in the press. ICCO will merge into Cordaid and join forces for the poor. Front page…

Pakistan: Poverty Reduction Hits a Pause
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Pakistan: Poverty Reduction Hits a Pause

Pakistan has made remarkable progress in lifting its people out of poverty in the last 30 years. But COVID-19 has dealt a severe blow to its economy and reversed all the gains it had made in its poverty eradication efforts. An estimated 10 million more people are expected to fall into extreme poverty from the…

Cameroon: Ongoing  Sociopolitical Crisis and Covid-19 Pandemic
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Cameroon: Ongoing Sociopolitical Crisis and Covid-19 Pandemic

From Cameroon Sr Hedwig Vinyo, development officer of the Tertiary Sisters of St Francis at Shisong, sent this update on current developments in the country. We bring you warm greetings from the Development Office of the Tertiary Sisters of St Francis, Shisong. With profound gratitude, we acknowledge the moral, technical and financial support you have…

Pope Francis in New Book: Let Us Dream
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Pope Francis in New Book: Let Us Dream

The author describes the work as Francis’ “spiritual guidance for a world in crisis, a personal manifesto for profound social change, and a summons to each person to choose a better future.” In a press release, the text is said to address: the anti-racist protests over the death of George Floyd, and the toppling of…

Pope Francis to Young Economists: ‘Work not only for the Poor, but with the Poor’.
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Pope Francis to Young Economists: ‘Work not only for the Poor, but with the Poor’.

In a video message Saturday, Pope Francis encouraged young economists and entrepreneurs from around the world to bring Jesus to their cities, and to work not only for the poor, but with the poor. Addressing participants of the Economy of Francesco online event, the pope said Nov. 21 that changing the world is about much…

Debt Relief – A Cry from the Heart
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Debt Relief – A Cry from the Heart

DEBT RELIEF – I BEG TO DIFFER! (A critique not dissent or discord).  From Pope Francis to the Ecumenical body in the UK, the G20 is urged to encourage developed and indebted Nations to suspend or cancel their respective Debts with poorer and developing countries, to alleviate the devastating impact of the ongoing pandemic vis-av-is…

DR Congo: Conflict Minerals
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DR Congo: Conflict Minerals

Fungamwaka – a mine in the east of Congo. These men work so that we can make telephone calls. They are mining coltan, which is indispensable for the production of mobile phones. The Democratic Republic of Congo is the world’s second-largest supplier of this rare mineral. Fungamwaka is a model mine. There is no child…

Religious Orders, NGO’s told to Find Alternative Ways of Mobilizing Resources for Sustainability
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Religious Orders, NGO’s told to Find Alternative Ways of Mobilizing Resources for Sustainability

Sr. Mutiso underscored the importance of resource mobilization skills for any leader saying, “like now we have this donor fatigue, organizations have to learn alternative ways of mobilizing resources for sustainability.” “We hope that by the end of the workshop they will have mastered these skills and also know how to write winning proposals,” the Kenyan-born…

Basankusu, DR Congo: Mama Mimi Visits the Dentist
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Basankusu, DR Congo: Mama Mimi Visits the Dentist

“The church bell rings at 5 a.m.” Mama Mimi explained. “I’ll be at your house by half past.” In Basankusu, dentistry is normally do-it-yourself. The conservation group for bonobos, (which are like chimpanzees, only better), had invited a dentist to come along. The conservation village is about half an hour upriver. Although the dentist would…