We believe that genuine and long-term partnership is the best way to achieve effective community development. We consider partners to include the WDR Committee, people in the organisations implementing plans on the ground, supporters, volunteers and local people who contribute skills, knowledge and time to transform their own communities. Other relevant bodies, such as local authorities, and individuals may also be involved.
Effective and mutually beneficial partnerships are built upon trust, transparency, accountability and friendship. This relational approach speaks of our Christian values.
We seek to be effective by following good development practice whilst retaining our Methodist values and motivation.
We endeavour to do work that is:
- Long-term and sustainable
- Driven by and empowering for local people
- Transforming for whole communities
- Tackling the root causes of poverty and injustice
- Innovative when necessary
The pie chart below shows spending in 2016/17.
75% of income on long-term development
11% of income on emergency relief
14% on fundraising, governance and education.
That every person’s God-given potential is fulfilled.
We see WDR as an expression of our Christian values as Methodists; faith, justice, compassion, equality and solidarity.
Our logo represents the desire to walk alongside others, including the materially poor themselves, who are committed to changing the world for those living in poverty or suffering injustice.
Our main focus with our partners is long-term development. Appeals are sometimes made during emergencies when funds are channelled through appropriate partners or sister agencies in order to provide short-term relief.
Rev. David Nixon
Rev. David Nixon serves as Convener for WDR. Mr. Tim Dunwoody is the World Mission and Development Officer for the Methodist Church in Ireland. Laura Kerr is responsible for Communications and Administration.
- Rev. David Nixon - Convener
- Mr. Jonny Best - Treasurer
- Mrs. Beth Hand - Secretary
- Mr. Ivan Kirkpatrick
- Rev. Dr. John Parkin
- Ms. Pat Jamison
- Mrs. Wendy Losty
- Mr. Anton Scheele
- Mr. Patrick Mercer
- Rev. Dr. Laurence Graham
- Mr. Pete Laverty
- Mr. Tim Dunwoody - World Mission and Development Officer