In a nutshell: PROJECT

Next in our ‘In a nutshell’ series is PROJECT. Tim Dunwoody (World Development Officer) explains a bit more…


People invariably ask WDR for a “project to support”. WDR avoids using the word ‘project’.

Projects are short-term ‘bursts’ of activity, typically lasting 1-3 years. They suit donors wanting a clear-cut beginning and end, and the chance to move on somewhere else.

There is little evidence that projects bring long-lasting change. Projects give little time for indigenous people to gain skills, capacity building of the partner, forming a genuine relationship with the partner, recognising problems and changing direction if necessary or, importantly, challenging the societal and institutional structures and policies that keep people poor.

Control tends to be with the donor.

For WDR, long-term relational partnerships are the way to have maximum impact. There is much evidence for this.

For WDR it’s about People, not Projects.


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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.

In a nutshell: POVERTY

It’s easy to talk about issues like poverty and assume that everyone understands what it means. In global development, there are numerous words and phrases which are used but perhaps not often explained. In our bimonthly newsletters, Tim Dunwoody (World Development Officer) has been taking taking a look at some of these terms and unpacking them for us so that we can better understand the issues.

We’re going to share this ‘In a Nutshell’ series here over a number of weeks, starting with POVERTY.


The World Bank sets ‘absolute poverty’ as living below $1.90per day.

‘Relative poverty’ is a person lacking the minimum funds for an average standard of living in their society.

If acknowledging dimensions of poverty beyond economics, e.g. health, education and aspirations, we might talk about the Human Development Index (HDI) e.g. Norway has an HDI of 0.949 whereas Central African Republic’s score is 0.352.

Poverty occurs in richer countries too where exclusion from active participation in society is the concern e.g. unemployment.

Basically, defining poverty can be complicated but poverty is certainly not just about money.

WDR sees poverty as a lack of freedom, opportunity and choice.

WDR’s work attempts to break chains, so people can be free to be as God intended them.


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