International Project and Development Services seeks to equip all Salvation Army centres to be catalysts of sustainable change in their communities. IPDS work though a culture of listening to the voices of the local community and then seeking to assist the aspirations of the community to be realised, aiming to restore economic, social, ecological and spiritual relationships.
Our core values are summarised into five main areas that represent the way we work, they are;
Trust- Truth/Honesty/Fairness/ Transparency
Dignity- Respect/Cultural Relevance/Listening/Do no harm
Love- Relationships/Together/Inclusive/Participation/Others/ Peace/Unity
Grace - Humility/Forgiveness/Self-reflection/Christ-centred/Faith/Righteousness
Our Theory of Change
The way in which we carry out projects internationally is the underpinning factor in implementing successful programs. The integration with communities and ongoing inclusion of society’s members is the core of what we do.
In our experience we have seen that poverty is more than a lack of food or money. We see poverty as a breakdown of relationships: relationships between people, relationships with financial systems, relationships with the ecological environment and ultimately relationships with God. We believe in an integrated mission that supports individuals and communities in tackling poverty by helping them rebuild these relationships.
In every stage of a project, including, planning, implementation, review and everything in between, the community must play a key role.
Our Way of Working
Learning how to build deeper relationships is important for everyone and central to our way of working. Relationships often come under great pressure and can become fragile. Sometimes they break. Relationships with family, friends, neighbours, colleagues can always be better. Relationships can always be deeper.
Faith-Based Facilitation (FBF) is a way of helping people think, talk, explore and respond to their issues in the light of faith. It results in the development of healthier people and communities who enjoy deeper relationships. Faith-Based Facilitation is not a theory or a project - it is a way of working. It's not a new idea, but it needs to practiced, remembered and implemented. It needs to become a habit.
FBF will help you look at every day issues and events more objectively and find ways of responding to particular situations in the light of faith. People can be trained in these relationship-building skills and become faith-based facilitators. They can then form teams (or use the skills in their everyday personal relationships) to improve the relationships in their communities. Such an approach is not separate to normal Salvation Army processes but should become an integral part of its structure and way of working.
The FBF process is based on The Pastoral Cycle, which is widely used to help people of faith in their work.
Our love for God needs to be shown in our love for the world. This includes caring for the earth and making sure future generations can enjoy it too and building strong relationships with each other.
Matthew 22:37-39 ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’
Challenge the political, economic and social powers which keep people in poverty, seeking justice for all.
Micah 6:8 '...do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with your God...'
Recognise the resources that God has already given to us and allow Him to show us how to use them for good.
Exodus 4:1-3 'What do you have in your hand?'
God wants justice for the poor and oppressed, so we should also want this.
Matthew 25:35 'For i was hungry and you gave me something to eat'