Working Together? Challenges and Opportunities for International Development Agencies and the Church in Response to AIDS in Africa

July 31, 2006

Sponsored by Tearfund, this briefing paper outlines the potential opportunities and challenges for collaboration between traditional international development agencies (IDAs) and Christian churches in Africa, especially in AIDS prevention, education, and treatment work. Tearfund emphasizes that FBOs are not just a subset of NGOs, but rather that their faith character gives them unique qualities. Community-based FBOs often feel that this uniqueness, along with their long-term commitment to the poor and the sick, is under-appreciated by IDAs. Other obstacles to partnership include different conceptions of appropriate monitoring and evaluation, the inflexibility of many funding mechanisms, and residual counterproductive attitudes within many faith communities. "Working Together? Challenges and Opportunities for International Development Agencies and the Church in Response to AIDS in Africa" gives examples of how these issues have been addressed and outlines a series of recommendations for both churches and IDAs to improve understanding and cooperation.

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