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1 All Nations Halifax CRC Monday, Nov. 17 2014: Renewing our World Through Transformational Community Development

2 Today’s (Nov. 17/14) Presentation 1)Background to World Renew 2)Strategy and Programs 3)Approach to Community Development 4)Future Strategy 5)Communicating World Renew 6)Q & A

3 1) Background to World Renew Established in 1962 as CRWRC – Christian Reformed World Relief Committee – Name changed to World Renew in June 2012 (committee? relief?) Registered charity in Canada and USA that serves as agency of choice in disaster response and international development for Christian Reformed Church (CRC)

4 Background to World Renew Board 7 Board Representatives serve 3 year terms and meet quarterly Ensures that World Renew achieves its mission and avoid doing harm Operates according to Carver Policy Governance Model which emphasizes strategic leadership – End Policies – Executive Limitations – Board-Director Linkage

5 Compelled by God’s deep passion for justice and mercy, we join communities around the world to change their story from disaster/despair to hope, from poverty to multiplied resources, from injustice to reconciled relationships and restored environment.

6 2) Strategy and Programs Global Imperatives Community Development Transformative practices (community capacity) Partner organizational capacity indicators Disaster Response Helping individuals recover from disaster Education and Justice Constituents (focusing on youth) involvement Organizational Competency Staff: Staff diversity (ethnic and gender) and competencies Finance: Sufficient working capital, general program contributions

7 In response to Typhoon Haiyan, we received over $6 M (as of Oct., 2014) Emergency food, water, kitchen utensils, hygiene items, sleeping mats, mosquito nets, kitchen stoves, fuel, generators and trauma counseling to 3,973 families. After that: rehabilitation. Now and into the future: development Example of Disaster Response

8 Overview of Strategy – Mainstreaming Community Development + Disaster Response

9 3) Approach to Community Development On-site consultation, technical assistance and financial support to partners Empowering communities to set their own development agenda and mobilize local volunteers and resources Established several registered and sustainable community-based institutions that now manage their own development initiatives

10 Approach to Community Development Strategy 1 Strengthening vital community sectors: – Healthcare, focus on maternal and child- health – Literacy – Agriculture and food security – Livelihoods and village savings – Education

11 Approach to Community Development Strategy 2 Integrating justice program strategies throughout:  Gender justice  Environmental care and restoration  Peace-building and conflict resolution  Civil society and policy change  Land rights  Human rights

12 Approach to Community Development Examples of Strategy 2 Civil Society: Establish justice committees in Mozambique following a training. Youth in Senegal joining together to improve their communities Land Rights: Train community members, especially women and marginalized groups, on land rights and the procedures for gaining title from the government Human Rights: Addresses a widespread concern with gender justice, particularly the issues of transactional sex and abuse in schools

13 Approach to Community Development Strategy 3 Building capacity of community leaders and partner organizations to foster the transformation of their own communities

14 Approach to Community Development Strategy 3 (continued) Priority objectives related to community governance 1.Improve ability of community groups to use participatory processes to assess local needs and priorities, to develop their own plans, and to mobilize local resources 2.Enhance ability of local community groups to network with and influence actors in government and civil society 3.Improve gender balance in community leadership and ability of women and girls to participate in decision- making and priority setting

15 Approach to Community Development Community Capacity Indicators Community Transformation: 1. Shared Vision 2. Sense of Community 3. Ownership 4. Leadership 5. Resources, knowledge and skills 6. Ongoing learning 7. Spiritual / Worldview

16 Approach to Community Development Building Capacity of Partners Builds capacity of partners in both organizational and technical program areas Strengthens, supports and equips partners in their community facilitation role Partners build capacity of communities Communities engage in the decision-making and action that leads to their own development Capacity building of partner organizations is for the purpose of community transformation

17 Approach to Community Development Partner Organizations Partnerships are integral to World Renew’s way of working Partners include national church development organizations, local community development organizations, and registered non-profits Partners commit to a shared set of principles and values with World Renew

18 Approach to Community Development Capacity Indicators of Partners 1. Results Monitoring 2. Community Ownership 3. Human Resource Development 4. Financial Stewardship 5. Board Development 6. Gender Equity and Environmental Care Community-Based Orgn

19 Approach to Community Development Encouraging Partner and Community Connections Connect them with Local Govt, Private Sector,, and Coalitions Connect community groups with businesses Work closely with government offices, including at local levels Encourage participation of partners and community groups in ACT and Integral forums and Micah networks

20 Promoting Sustainable Livelihoods 1.Food Security: Small-scale farmers (men and women) are trained and mentored in improved agriculture methods 2.Sustainable Economic Growth: Men and women are being organized into village-based saving and lending groups and provided with training 3.Community Governance Capacity: Community leaders are trained in participatory needs assessment and planning

21 Promoting Sustainable Livelihoods Tanzania Evarist Kasuguli Story: "My family has seen a light in agriculture and our lives will never be the same again." Neighbour's land Mr. Evarist's land

22 Promoting Sustainable Livelihoods Implementation Highlights Training participants on sustainable agriculture methods Establishment of demonstration sites for testing crops and farming techniques Formation of new saving and lending groups Delivery of literacy instruction Strengthening the capacity of community groups to manage their own planning and networking Identifying women with potential to serve in leadership roles and training them Forming linkages and collaborative relationships with local government institutions and MFIs

23 World Renew in 2013

24 Strategic Planning for the Future FOUR FOCI: 1. High capacity and performance that enhances community transformation 2. Churches around the world promoting shalom in and from their local context 3. Proactive justice 4. Disaster response and community development work in synergy and interdependence

25 Summary World Renew joins communities around the world to change their story from disaster/despair to hope, from poverty to multiplied resources, from injustice to reconciled relationships and restored environment **Vision** LIVING TOGETHER IN HOPE AS GOD’S COMMUNITY

26 A short-hand description of World Renew: The 5 “Cs”” Christian / Church Community Collaboration Capacity-building Change

27 5) Questions & Answers


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