On this page we break down the very complicated subject matter of 3rd world development into digestible blocks of thought. Each section has a lot to say about the overarching topic, so don't lose sight of the forest in spite of the trees.
A Paradigm Shift in Missions Work
The current paradigm of short-term, project oriented, service trips to the 3rd world comes to an end with Global Outreach Developments Int'l.
Systemic Issues & Categories of Response
Our organization has narrowed its activity to meet the needs presented to it by the surrounding communities in the 4 developing world regions where we serve.
Focusing our efforts in five areas of the world, we aim to implement our convictions to serve local communities and create models for future duplication by surrounding neighbors, and eventually more regions.
The metaphor makes one consider the necessity to strengthen a unit in a controlled environment to ensure its success in a hostile one.
The Language Imperative
You can't be that effective when you can't hear for yourself what they're saying. Unfortunately, this criticism carries little weight for most development organizations.
So often solutions for the poor are unavailable in their local market. Or if available, they are too expensive. If afforded, often the skill set to implement is reserved for experts. This is a problem.