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4 | 2013
Religion and development
Religion et développement

Transformational Development: World Vision South Africa’s Response to Poverty (abstract)

Hannah Lindiwe de Wet
p. 95-111
Translation(s):
Le développement transformationnel, réponse de World Vision South Africa à la pauvreté

Abstract

This chapter explores the construction of development meanings within an integrated development approach – ‘transformational development’ – and its associated practice in a particular Christian faith-based organisation, World Vision South Africa (WVSA). ‘Transformational development’ is analysed as a dynamic concept and process. The strategic and operational branches of WVSA demonstrate significant variation in their conceptualisations of ‘transformational development’, highlighting both the complexity of translating theory into practice, and the negotiation of the differing interests inherent to this process. A predominantly secular discourse of dependency is identified as operating implicitly throughout WVSA. This discourse is seen to inform key conceptualisations within WVSA’s ‘transformational development’ approach, with a significant and potentially deleterious impact on the transformative potential of its practice.

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Index terms

Geographic keywords :

South Africa

Institutional keywords :

World Vision
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Editor's notes

Paperback reference : de Wet, H.L. (2013) "Transformational Development: World Vision South Africa’s Response to Poverty", in International Development Policy: Religion and Development, No.4, Geneva: Graduate Institute Publications, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 95-111.

Cite this article

Bibliographical reference

Hannah Lindiwe de Wet, « Transformational Development: World Vision South Africa’s Response to Poverty (abstract) »,International Development Policy | Revue internationale de politique de développement, 4 | 2013, 95-111.

Electronic reference

Hannah Lindiwe de Wet, « Transformational Development: World Vision South Africa’s Response to Poverty (abstract) », International Development Policy | Revue internationale de politique de développement [Online], 4 | 2013, Online since 14 February 2013, connection on 20 November 2017. URL : http://poldev.revues.org/1395 ; DOI : 10.4000/poldev.1395

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About the author

Hannah Lindiwe de Wet

Anthropologist and development practitioner, currently working as a Senior Social Scientist at Coastal & Environmental Services in South Africa. Her core research interests focus on the interrelation of religion, culture and development.

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International Development Policy is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

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