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Making community development at grassroots reality: Church-driven development approach in Zimbabwe’s context of severe poverty

Vhumani Magezi
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 51, No 1 | a2263 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v51i1.2263 | © 2017 Vhumani Magezi | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 19 April 2017 | Published: 27 October 2017

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Vhumani Magezi, School of Basic Sciences, North-West University, Vaal Triangle Campus, South Africa

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The critical role played by communities in development initiatives is globally acknowledged. Churches are key community institutions that play a crucial role in community development, yet their role is not well understood from an empirical perspective. A cross-sectional study of a church-driven community development initiative that was implemented in line with a practical inquiry approach, was conducted. The findings are presented and discussed, thereby leading to the conception of a holistic church-driven development approach that brings together different churches in the community. This approach responds to integrated community needs without focusing on one single issue, which is different to approaches advocated by some international development agencies and donors who recommend one or a few focused interventions.


FBO development; Community development; Church development; church led development; Poor and development; Church and poor


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