The Development Works series is comprised of seven short essays that make the case for effective international development assistance.
These papers tell stories about people who are improving their lives with the help of U.S. development assistance, and clear up common misconceptions about development.
Development Works is for Bread members and activists, Hunger Justice Leaders, adult Sunday school teachers, and others who need information about our international advocacy work.
This series helps people get a clearer picture of what is happening today in the struggle against global hunger and extreme poverty.
Development Works December 2012
The seven short essays compiled here focus on some of the key questions - from why development assistance is so important and what impact it has, to where America can afford it and where we should concentrate our efforts.
Development Works Number 7 (December 2012)
Just 50 years ago, one person in three around the world was malnourished. Now, hunger is less common, affecting one in six people. Has there been enough progress if "only" one-sixth of the global population is hungry? No. But it's a big improvement over a time — still in living memory — when twice as many people were hungry.
Development Works Number 6 (December 2012)
We've all heard the old adages on procrastination: a stitch in time saves nine and so forth. The temptation is to just pay lip service. Maybe this latest problem isn't truly urgent. A homeowner, for example, may say to herself, maybe I'll have more time/money/enthusiasm for repairing the gutters next week — or next month.
Development Works Number 5 (December 2012)
Every year, U.S. humanitarian assistance, such as food aid, eases the hunger of millions of people who have fled natural disaster or conflict. These are clearly emergencies. But worldwide, most hungry people are hungry or malnourished as a fact of their everyday lives. Chronic hunger and malnutrition sap the strength of adults trying to earn a living and the potential of children trying to learn.
Development Works Number 4 (August 2012)
The United States has spent much of its 250 years of independence as a leading industrial nation, and for the past several decades, it has enjoyed "superpower" status. Today, most Americans see the country as a global leader—it’s part of our national identity. Opinions vary, though, as to what this type of leadership means in practice—how it should affect the nation’s actions.
Development Works Number 3 (July 2012)
For most of us, immigration is less about international policy than about hot-button national, state, and local political questions. The reality is that it is both a domestic and an international issue. To make the best decisions as a nation on the complex questions of immigration policy, we need to see both dimensions. The crux of the missing international half is "Why do immigrants leave their home country and come to the United States?"
Development Works Number 2 (April 2012)
Concern for those who are less fortunate is a value that resonates with Americans. Many of us, aware of all we have, are very willing to help people in need. Using common sense, being practical, can be considered an American value as well. A quick "reality check" to be sure the assistance is needed and wanted is important to many people who are motivated to help.
Development Works Number 1 (March 2012)
Bread for the World and other organizations working to end global hunger frequently talk about development assistance and how it can help hungry people overseas. But what exactly is development assistance? And why should we support funding for it when many Americans are facing hard times?