What do we respond to?
The scope of our international work field is full of trends that increase pressure on the livelihoods of our target groups in the global South. In 2020 the COVID-19 pandemic swept over the world and as many expect, a phase of slowing economic growth and recession is ahead of us. The global population is growing from 7.7 to 8.8 billion people in 2030,
mostly concentrated in Sub-Saharan Africa, which also brings an expected steep rise in youth unemployment and welfare pressure. Intensified pressure on scarce natural resources lead to more migration and exclusion. Political tension and terrorism are on the rise in countries where we are working. There is a trend of shrinking civic space. Public support in the North for our work is under pressure.
There are positives too: mass adoption of new technologies will continue, information and innovations are distributed faster than ever. Tax income is growing and feeding into national budgets in many developing countries, along with increasing flows of remittances sent home by economic migrants. Faith-based and local NGOs will become more influential, particularly in bringing cohesion in fragmented social environments. We experience an openness among our supporters to look for a sustainable lifestyle.
We are driven by Hope
As Woord en Daad we are hopeful, and not primarily because we see a number of opportunities among the worrying trends. Our deep personal and organizational motivation of hope is fed by the Biblical vision of Gods coming Kingdom,
amidst the many still visible signs of brokenness. As we move into a period of fresh organizational strategy the same mission keeps driving us: in a broken world full of poverty and injustice, Woord en Daad seeks to make the signs of God’s coming Kingdom visible.
We connect people worldwide in their efforts to overcome poverty and to realize a dignified existence with impacts in the North and the South. We do so as a value-driven constituency organization: our supporters value a professional approach and their identity expressed throughout the programs we implement and lobby work we do. At the same time, we bring stories from our Southern target groups to our supporters and facilitate dialogues on connecting their identity to fair lifestyle choices that leave hope for everyone.
What characterises us?
A 2019 external program evaluation concluded that Woord en Daad fills a clear niche of entrepreneurial programming and has successfully started a move towards interventions that influence an entire sector. As we build on this we can only do so,
through working with a rich and growing network of both Christian core partners and technical project partners.
Our identity is spread throughout our programs like yeast and dough, not separable. As we increasingly work in consortia with various partners, our collaboration broadens and diversifies. The opportunity we see is to share from our abundance: through dialogue and committed collaboration show partners what drives us and how we work.
In all programs we will work with ethical practices, derived from our core values and translated to the thematic programs and countries where work is implemented. The value dialogue we herewith bring will characterise our collaboration with core- and project partners and define what we see as result. Meanwhile we continue to invest in a developing core partner network sharing our Christian motivation of hope. How the dough and the yeast will interact on the many levels where we do our work, will be an ongoing theme we will have a dialogue on with our constituency.