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Looking at human development through the lens of Christian mission

Akinyemi O. Alawode
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 50, No 1 | a2063 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v50i1.2063 | © 2016 Akinyemi O. Alawode | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 18 November 2015 | Published: 26 October 2016

About the author(s)

Akinyemi O. Alawode, Department of Theology, Faculty of Human and Social Sciences, North-West University, South Africa


Approximately one billion people live in extreme poverty, with another two billion people surviving on less than $1 per day. Many of them, living in abject poverty, struggle with ill health, limited access to clean water, hygienic sanitation, poor quality housing, hunger, illiteracy and premature death. However, improving the lives of the poor is a complex undertaking with often little agreement as to how can this be best achieved. The intrinsic goal of development is to advance human dignity, freedom, social equity and self-determination. Moreover, there is no univocal definition of development. In this article my own understanding will be discussed more extensively. My conviction that development, in general in the context of Christian mission, finds its roots in Christian empathy with people in dire need will be stated.


Christian missions; Community of the poor; Transformational development; Self-understanding


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