The book is a collection of success stories from three countries namely Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi where Empowered World View is implemented. These are only few countries where the EWV is implemented. It was launched on 1st March 2018 in Dar es salaam. The lauch was officiated by Hon. Ummy Mwalimu (MP), Minister of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children in the United Republic of Tanzania. The event brought together participants from International Non-governmental Organizations, Civil Society Organisations, Donor Community, Embassies, Government, Media and beneficiaries.
For several decades we have witnessed development practitioners have been tirelessly trying to design and implement myriad community development interventions aimed at poverty eradication among poor communities. The World Bank and UNICEF report that 767 million people continue to live in extreme poverty.
Although great strides have been achieved in recent years, we still have millions of people living in chronic poverty; transmitting their situation to their children who live without the hope of a better life.
These community development interventions often ignored the vital role that faith plays in people’s lives and how they view the world. Globally, more than eight out of 10 people claim a connection with a specific religious belief, therefore, ignoring this element of peoples’ lives means we are missing a vital key to effective community transformation.
Incremental change is not enough to solve the problem of poverty. Transformative, exponential change requires unlocking an individual’s potential to be part of the solution. And that potential can’t be realized unless each person sees the world as a place where they are valued and capable.
World Vision’s Empowered World View (EWV) fills this gap. It addresses two fundamental problems that are highlighted in the Tanzania’s Vision 2025; namely Donor-Dependence Syndrome and a Dependent and Defeatist Developmental Mindset. As afaith based approach, it reaches deep into people’s core beliefs, transforming their view of the world, so that the cycle of chronic poverty and hopelessness can be broken.
Empowered World View helps people to find value in their own identity, create a vision for their future and nurture family as well as community relationship while demonstrating compassion. A richer understanding of their faith changes how they see the world and their ability to have an influence on their own circumstances.