Date of Award
Open Access Thesis
College of Theology, Arts, & Sciences
International Development and Service
International Development and Service, MA
Erin L. Barnhart, Ph.D.
faith-based development organizations (FBDOs), development, effectiveness, cultural sensitivity, harmful practices, evangelism, secular
Faith-based organizations make up a large percentage of organizations doing development work both domestically and internationally. Faith-based development organizations (FBDOs) can be successful because they have spiritual drive to work for the social good, and large religious organizations to support them. However, not all FBDOs practice good development, and in the past many of them have undertaken development projects that proved to be damaging and detrimental to the host communities. The purpose of this research is to explore how different FBDOs conceptualize and operationalize their faith while doing development work abroad. Through exploring different models of faith-based development and analyzing their practices, this research can ultimately assist FBDOs in structuring their organizations so they can become more effective development actors and ensure that their practices are sustainable and culturally sensitive.
Hochberg-Miller, Mara, "Models of Faith: The Role of Faith-Based Organizations in International Development" (2015). MA IDS Thesis Projects. 18.
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