ACT Alliance’s understanding of transformational development draws from its theological affirmation that all persons are created in the image of God with the right and potential to live just, humane and dignified lives in sustainable communities. Profession of faith requires the rejection of those conditions, structures and systems which perpetuate poverty, injustice, the abuse of human rights and the destruction of the environment.
Transformational development is about taking action so that all peoples’ human and God-given rights are upheld. In an increasingly globalised world, lives are increasingly interlinked. Transformational development therefore involves change for all those involved; those with power, wealth and influence who control and use more than their share of resources and those most adversely affected by oppressive structures and systems. Adopting a transformational development approach commits ACT members to mutual learning through joint analysis, action and reflection.
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