In a nutshell: DEVELOPMENT & RELIEF

Continuing our ‘In a nutshelll’ series, Tim explains the term' ‘DEVELOPMENT & RELIEF’


Charitable donations skyrocket after disasters such as tsunamis and earthquakes.

People need the basics just to survive; food, water, clothes and shelter and medical care. This provision is called ‘relief’. It is not a long-term solution.

At the same time, every day, 767 million people are living below the international ‘absolute poverty’ line (living on less than $1.90 per day) and millions of others live in ‘poverty’. 

Long-term projects, programmes and policy changes can transform these communities. This is ‘development’. By all means, let us respond with extra one-off gifts to give relief during emergencies, but WDR urges us to regularly support development which holds real long-term solutions.


One of the most effective ways to support WDR and our long-term commitments to our partners, is through regular giving. If this is something you’d like more information about, please email Laura.