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Palgrave Macmillan

Child Sponsorship

Exploring Pathways to a Brighter Future

ISBN 9781137309594
Publication Date August 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

In 2012 Child Sponsorship generated over three billion dollars for poverty reduction initiatives and individual child welfare work in developing countries and disadvantaged communities, linking geographically distant benefactors to as many as eight million children globally. Since its inception in Europe in 1920, child sponsorship fundraising mechanisms have impacted tens of millions of children and their sponsors, attracting widespread support amongst the general public and sometimes strident critique within the aid industry. Despite its importance, debate over Child Sponsorship funded activity is often superficial and misinformed. Mindful of the prevalence of historic controversy this edited collection utilizes contributions from both independent academics and current practitioners in leading Child Sponsorship NGOs to review of the origins of sponsorship, past controversy, current diversity in the sector and ongoing challenges. In doing so it clarifies the nature of early Child sponsorship programs and positions leading child sponsorship organizations as constantly evolving. This book is an essential reading for students, academics and practitioners interested in one of most enduring and important flows of foreign aid.

Matthew Clarke is Head of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University, Australia. His research interests include religion and development, aid effectiveness, and the development within the Pacific region.

Brad Watson is a Senior Lecturer in International Poverty and Development Studies within the Faculty of Arts and Theology at Avondale College of Higher Education, Australia. His research area includes the history and evolution of child sponsorship international non-governmental organisations.

1. Introduction to Key Issues in Child Sponsorship; Brad Watson and Matthew Clarke
2. Origins of Child Sponsorship: Save the Children Fund in the 1920s; Brad Watson
3. A typology of Child Sponsorship Activity; Brad Watson
4. Issues in Historic Child Sponsorship; Brad Watson, Harwood Lockton and Manohar Pawar
5. Excellence or Exit: Transforming Save the Children's Child Sponsorship Programming; Amy Jo Dowd, Céline Gustavson and Earl Moran
6. Child sponsorship and rights-based interventions at Plan: Tensions and synergies; Han Dijsselbloem, Justin Fugle and Uwe Gneiting
7. World Vision – Moving sponsorship along the development continuum; Brett Pierce and Christabel Kalaiselvi
8. Holistic Child Development through sponsorship and church partnership; Alistair T R Sim and Mark Peters
9. Children at the Centre: Children International, child sponsorship and community empowerment in underserved areas; Jim Cook and Damon Guinn
10. Baptist World Aid: Transition to a Child Centred Community Development Approach; Anthony Sell and Felicity Wever
11. Through the Eyes of the Sponsored; Anthony Ware and Brad Watson
12. World Vision, Organizational Identity, and the Evolution of Child Sponsorship; David King
13. Give and take? Child sponsors and the ethics of giving; Frances Rabbitts
14. Child Sponsorship as Development Education in the Northern Classroom; Rachel Tallon
15. Child Sponsorship: A Path to its Future; Matthew Clarke and Brad Watson

Han Dijsselbloem, Plan International
Justin Fugle, Plan International
Uwe Gneiting, Syracuse University, USA
Harwood Lockton, Avondale and Pacific Adventist University, Papua New Guinea
Manohar Pawar, Charles Sturt University, Australia
Céline Gustavson, Save the Children
Earl Moran, Save the Children
Brett Pierce, World Vision International
Christabel Kalaiselvi, World Vision India
Alistair Sim, Compassion International
Mark Peters, Compassion International
Jim Cook, Children International
Damon Guinn, Children International
Anthony Sell, Baptist World Aid Australia
Felicity Wever, Baptist World Aid Australia
Anthony Ware, Deakin University, Australia
David P. King, Memphis Theological Seminary, USA
Frances Rabbitts, University of Exeter, UK
Rachel Tallon, Victoria University, Australia


"I commend this book as being foundational for a considered discussion by scholars and practitioners of what CS has been in the past, continues to be today, and can be tomorrow." - Jayakumar Christain,
Director of World Vision India.
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