Latest Publications

All of the following Globethics.net publications can be downloaded for free below and are also available in the library and as a collection. Print copies can be ordered at Amazon (with the direct link at each book) or ordered directly by contacting publications@globethics.net.

 

New Publications
 

The Value of Critical Knowledge, Ethics and Education (2019)

Ignace Haaz
ISBN 978-2-88931-292-4

This book aims at six important conceptual tools developed by philosophers. The author develops each particular view in a chapter, hoping to constitute at the end a concise, interesting and easily readable whole. These concepts are: 1. Ethics and realism: elucidation of the distinction between understanding and explanation – the lighthouse type of normativity. 2. Leadership, antirealism and moral psychology – the lightning rod type of normativity. 3. Bright light on self-identity and positive reciprocity – the reciprocity type of normativity. 4. The virtue of generosity and its importance for inclusive education – the divine will type of normativity. 5. Ethical education as normative philosophical perspective. The normativity of self-transformation in education. 6. Aesthetics as expression of human freedom and concern for the whole world in which we live.

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Holiness as Wholeness: Ethical Implications towards an Inclusive Understanding of the HIV / AIDS Crisis in Kenya (2019)

James Eroni Miriago
ISBN 978-2-88931-298-6

This study presents a critical examination of holiness as wholeness – ethical implications towards an inclusive understanding of the HIV/AIDS crisis in Kenya. The understanding of holiness and its interpretation has contributed to the stigmatisation of those infected and affected by HIV and AIDS. The study calls for a theologically based re-interpretation of holiness, firstly, by evaluating and interpreting a Pentecostals understanding of HIV and AIDS and its effects on stigma and discrimination; secondly, it aims to assess how the doctrine of holiness as wholeness is challenged by the impact of HIV and AIDS in the Redeemed Gospel Church (RGC), a concrete Pentecostal church in East Africa; and thirdly, it aims to propose a new approach to the doctrine of holiness as wholeness, which could be applied in the Pentecostal African context globally.

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Meine Träume zu Kirchenfinanzen and Kirchenentwicklung in Deutschland (2019)

Johannes Hoffmann
ISBN 978-2-88931-296-2

Als Ethiker, der sich seit über 40 Jahren mit Fragen ethischer Geldanlagen befasst und seit über 30 Jahren als Diakon in seiner Gemeinde tätig ist, träumt Johannes Hoffmann von einer solidarischen Kirche. Ausgangspunkt sind die Finanzskandale der Kirche in Rom und in Deutschland. Diese greift er in einer diffenrenzierten Analyse auf und macht methodische und inhaltliche Vorschläge für eine dem Gemeinwohl dienende solidarische Kirche, die der Maxime des Evangeliums folgt: „Die Armen sind die ersten Adressaten des Evangeliums." Daraus resultiert für ihn angesichts schwindender Priesterzahlen und zahlreicher Kirchenaustritte von Gläubigen eine Entwicklung in Gemeinden und diözesanen Strukturen, in denen Frauen und Mäner auf Augenhöhe mit Priestern und Bischöfen über ihre gemeinsame Verantwortung für die Weitergabe der Botschaft Jesu miteinander kommunizieren und arbeiten.

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Moral and Ethical Issues in Human Genome Editing (2019)

A Statement of the CEC Bioethics Thematic Reference Group
ISBN 978-2-88931-294-8

Recent reports of a Chinese scientist who claims to have applied genome editing techniques to human embryos, which were subsequently implanted and resulted in the birth of live babies, means that the question of whether—and how—these techniques should be used in humans demands an urgent answer. This in-depth report takes a wider perspective on the issue, which concerns all people as individuals and collectively as a society. It challenges the alleged achievement in China as being profoundly unethical, reflecting a disregard for the ethical and professional concerns of the international scientific community.

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Home-Grown Solutions: Legacy to Generations in Africa, Vol. 2 (2019)

Tharcisse Gatwa / Deo Mbonyinkebe (Editors)
ISBN 978-2-88931-290-0

This second volume is part of a study which envisions to rehabilitate the original positive primal practices in Rwandan way of life as a factor of sustainable development for nations. The contributors to this volume were guided by the quest for a founding heritage to be transmitted to following generations to inspire their own sense of creativity.

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Home-Grown Solutions: Legacy to Generations in Africa, Vol. 1 (2019)

Tharcisse Gatwa / Deo Mbonyinkebe (Editors)
ISBN 978-2-88931-286-3

The collection of essays published in this first of two volumes tries to describe and analyse the nature and depth of the "home grown solutions" as presented in post-genocide Rwanda. The volume deals with: community work (umuganda), Gacaca courts, community mediators (abunzi), solidarity work (Ubudehe), performance contract (imihigo) and cow donation (girinka munyarwanda). The volume also extended research on innovative areas including managing wounded memory in a post-genocide context, reconciliation and healing, family, language and culture as factors of social cohesion.

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Managing and Teaching Ethics in Higher Education (2019)

Policy, Skills and Resources: Globethics.net International Conference Report 2018
ISBN 978-2-88931-288-7

Following the development of Globethics.net's new Strategy, Vision and Mission, the Globethics.net International Conference 2018 came as an honest contribution to the urgent search for solutions to a world noticeably and without doubt in disarray, as problems continue to mount. ‘How can we translate and make ethics practically present and relevant in the classroom and lives of students, teachers and professionals who emerge from higher education institutions?' More than 100 teachers, policy makers, research fellows, vice-chancellors, ethics and scientific institutions, consultants, NGOs, IGOs and other stakeholders gathered from all over the world during three days to answer this question. The conference took place on 4–6 June 2018 at the Château de Bossey in the county of Vaud, Switzerland. This book is structured into two parts: the first is composed of discussions and ethical puzzles meant to bring breakthrough insights from the Globethics.net International Conference on ethics in higher education; the second part features selected papers that disclose the conference proceedings.

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Corporate Governance for Churches. Toward a Legal Reform in the Church of South India Trust Association (2019)

Joseph G. Muthuraj
ISBN 978-2-88931-278-8

The book explores the nature and function of the non-profit incorporated company the Church of South India Trust Association (CSITA) situated in Chennai, South India, and analyses the precarious situation the organisation finds itself in with regard to the financial and property (mis)management. This leads the author to make a major remedial proposal, namely, to lift its corporate veil to expose the true affairs of the company for reproof and restoration. Corporate Governance is defined as referring to the rules, regulations, policies and standards required for sustaining accountability, transparency and general corporate integrity. The aim of the book is to elevate the Church to a strong position with regard to corporate governance, liberating it from corporate failures and from inadequate and improper internal governance mechanism.

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Human Dignity in Managing Employees (2019)

Tibor Héjj
ISBN 978-2-88931-280-1

The Academic, Church and Business sectors have been three independent worlds for too long. Only recently have the ideas and theories of one segment started to develop and generate a strong and acknowledged impact on the other sectors, cross-fertilizing each other. The aim of this thesis is to summarize how it is possible to derive from theology the kind of philosophical anthropology which can serve as a basis for the right management theory together with its implementation. It is based on the Church's Catholic Social Teaching (CST), specifically on its prime pillar of "human dignity", together with the related academic disciplines, while providing a useful performative approach for those in business. The conclusion is an alternative, holistic system, that considers the employees as persons, rather than economic factors.

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365 Way-Markers (2019)

Christoph Stückelberger
ISBN 978-2-88931-282-5

How can I live out my values and convictions in everyday life? How can I reconcile faith and action? How can we encourage one another in what we do instead of giving up to resignation? Such questions are at the centre of these 365 short texts, written out of and for everyday life: way-markers offering a sense of direction and encouragement.

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Bioética de las enfermedades tropicales desatendidas (2019)

Fernando J. Andrade Narváez
ISBN 978-2-88931-276-4

Las enfermedades tropicales que afectan a poblaciones que viven en condiciones de pobreza han sido desatendidas siempre. En este libro se revisan algunos de los múltiples factores involucrados y se enfatiza que incluso la bioética y los bioeticistas mismos han igualmente desatendido este grave problema. El problema de fondo es que los organismos internacionales, las autoridades responsables de la atención e investigación de la salud, y los organismos financiadores de investigación para la salud no han considerado a estas enfermedades como una prioridad. Además, los abordes que se han aplicado no visualizan el problema de manera integral. En el mundo actual en plena crisis humanitaria, moral y ética, este documento pretende ser una voz que llama a una toma de consciencia social responsable que se interese en "los otros", los sin voz, los marginados, los olvidados y desatendidos. Es una invitación a despertar, reflexionar, y plantear nuevas propuestas para atender a esta población.

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Day After Day 365 Aphorisms (2019)

Oscar Brenifier
ISBN 978-2-88931-272-6

One can philosophize through lengthy explanations and towering treaties. But there is another tradition: that of the aphorism, the art of the fragment. To make the reader think through one or a few brief sentences, a digest of thought that tries to capture in few words a vivid problematic, in a striking form. Often critical, ironic or mocking, this laconic form of philosophical expression is generous because it is trusting: the reader will understand mere implicit meaning, he will read between the lines. And when will be highlighted the sordid of the human soul, he will not be sad but joyful, for consciousness makes us free. The issue is to reconcile with our own finitude, to accept our own humanity, for better and for worse.

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The Experience of Being a Divorced or Separated Single Mother:
A Phenomenological Study
 
(2019)

Sabina Kavutha Mutisya
ISBN 978-2-88931-274-0

This book sought a deeper understanding of experiences concerning fifteen divorced and separated single mothers, five African American, five Caucasian and five Latino aged 27–52 years, divorced or separated for one year or more with one or more dependent children below sixteen years old. The qualitative phenomenological approach employed in-depth interviews to collect narratives thus illustrating its usefulness in bringing out rich data. The implications of the findings for the Mental Health Profession, and the Teaching Profession for both the mothers and their children are stated. Detailed descriptions of the lived experiences of divorced and separated women and associated meanings clarify particular aspects in their lives that could affect their wellbeing. Certain aspects of their lives that promote life satisfaction are also highlighted.

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Ijtihād Maqāṣidi: The Interconnected Maṣlaḥah-Based Reconstruction of Islamic Laws (2019)

A. Halil Thahir
ISBN 978-2-88931-221-4

In this book Islamic law is presented from various perspectives to find the common thread between the Sharia, Islamic law and Islamic jurisprudence. The discussion is focused on the characteristics and principles of Islamic law as a means of providing a general overview of how Islamic law should be positioned, especially in the efforts of formulating legal rules that seek to bring benefit for people. Islamic law is brought from its ideal concepts into practical usage. This works gives many concrete examples of the critical understanding of social behaviours in the Islamic society, such as Muslim clothing and the conduct of Muslim women, by providing meticulous hermeneutic analysis of the literature that is used as legitimation of certain religious conventions. This work instills a deep ethical understanding of the normative foundations of Islamic law in the global perspective.

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Religious Diversity in Europe
and the Rights of Religious Minorities (2019)

Elizabeta Kitanovic / Patrick Roger Schnabel (Editors)
ISBN 978-2-88931-270-2

In October 2016, the Conference of European Churches brought together in Zagreb (Croatia) dozens of experts to discuss the challenges facing minority churches, and religious minorities in general. The European landscape presents many difficulties for these communities. Some struggle with obtaining legal status, some are subject to discrimination, exclusion or even open hostility. Widespread prejudices, destruction or confiscation of property, and barriers to religious rituals and ceremonies make daily life difficult for many communities across the continent. CEC, and the participants gathered at the Zagreb conference, are convinced that minorities bring value to societies, and that deeper religious literacy, enhanced understanding, and fostering dialogue will contribute to their flourishing. This volume contains their contributions to these discussions with a hope that it will contribute to healthy, diverse societies throughout Europe.

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Ethics of Inclusion and Equality. Vol. 2 Economy, Education, Religion (2018)

John Mohan Razu
ISBN 978-2-88931-191-0

'Ethics of Inclusion and Equality', in two volumes, is a reader of 58 articles from the author on all areas of social and political life. Vol. 1 features articles on the themes of ‘Politics and Society'; Vol. 2 includes the authors insight on ‘Economy and Environment', ‘Education, Children and Sexuality', and ‘Religion and Tolerance'. Each Section underpins India's political economy, where India is taken as a referral point for analysis and interpretation. The literature reflects a trend sweeping the world as of 2018: the success of far-right conservative politics as a reaction to liberal appeasement politics, identity politics and the rejection of multiculturalism. The author address these issues in a direct, often devastating, fashion.

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中国企业"走出去"社会责任研究报告 CSR Report on Chinese Overseas Operations (2018)

刘宝成 张梦莎 (Liu Baocheng & Zhang Mengsha)
ISBN 978-2-88931-248-1

企业的社会责任指企业主动满足公众对其的道德期待或自愿为社会作出额外贡献的行为。随着全球企业社会责任运动的发展,各类倡议、规范和立法层出不穷。在改革开放政策和自身发展需求的推动下,中国企业加快了"走出去"的步伐。但部分外国政府对中方的战略意图尚有疑虑,海外公众对中国企业的责任表现仍有微词。中国企业亟须提高风险管控、内部治理、公共沟通等能力,进而实现与诸多利益相关者的互利共赢,树立负责任的全球公民形象。To the English version.

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Catholics in Manggarai, Flores, Eastern Indonesia (2018)

Fransiska Widyawati
ISBN 978-2-88931-268-9

In comparison with other parts of Indonesia, Catholicism in Manggarai, West Flores, Eastern Indonesia is relatively new. The Divine Missionaries started to introduce Catholic Church at the beginning of 20th century. Only in about thirty years, most of the people had become Catholics. Now, in terms of the number of the Catholics, church buildings, Catholic schools, priests, parishes, and religious congregations, the Church of Manggarai (with apostolic administration's name, the Diocese of Ruteng) has become the biggest Church in Indonesia. This book studies on the development of Catholicism in Manggarai during the 20th century; the process by which Catholicization relate to local religion, politics and identity; the perception of Manggarai Catholic to Catholicism; and the main problems and struggles that confronted Manggaraian the politics of conversion and transformation to be a vastly Catholic land in the contemporary time.

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Diaspore y democrazie. Le diaspore sono portatrici di valori (2018)

Stefania Gandolfi (A cura di)
ISBN 978-2-88931-266-5

Il libro raccoglie i risultati del progetto Diaspore interculturali e democrazie promosso dalla Cattedra UNESCO Diritti dell'uomo ed etica della cooperazione internazionale dell'Università di Bergamo, l'Observatoire de la diversité et des droits culturels di Friburgo (Svizzera), l'Associazione Vittorino Chizzolini cooperazione internazionale ONLUS (Bergamo), la Cooperativa Sociale Ruah ONLUS (Bergamo), l'Ufficio Migranti Diocesi (Bergamo). Il progetto è partito da una duplice constatazione: da un lato la difficoltà di conciliare l'universalità dei diritti dell'uomo e il rispetto delle diversità culturali e dall'altro il deficit democratico che caratterizza le relazioni internazionali e transnazionali. Le diaspore permettono, al tempo stesso, la dispersione e la riunificazione di persone che, attraverso le proprie organizzazioni e associazioni, costituiscono degli straordinari laboratori per promuovere e sperimentare forme di partecipazione democratica a livello transnazionale. Il lavoro di ricerca ha raccolto racconti di vita e storie di diaspora di persone con vissuti migratori diversi che sono stati analizzati con il metodo Paideia.

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Cyber Ethics 4.0: Serving Humanity with Values (2018)

Christoph Stückelberger / Pavan Duggal (Eds.)
ISBN 978-2-88931-264-1

Cyber space influences all sectors of life and society: Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Blockchain, Self-Driving Cars and Autonomous Weapons, Cyberbullying, telemedicine and cyber health, new methods in food production, destruction and conservation of the environment, Big Data as a new religion, the role of education and citizens' rights, the need for legal regulations and international conventions. The 25 articles in this book cover the wide range of hot topics. Authors from many countries and positions of international (UN) organisations look for solutions from an ethical perspective. Cyber Ethics aims to provide orientation on what is right and wrong, good and bad, related to the cyber space. The authors apply and modify fundamental values and virtues to specific, new challenges arising from cyber technology and cyber society. The book serves as reading material for teachers, students, policy makers, politicians, businesses, hospitals, NGOs and religious organisations alike. It is an invitation for dialogue, debate and solutions.

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Le déclin des Baghole. Processus d'aliénation sociale des femmes en Afrique centrale (2018)

Samuel Ngayihembako Mutahinga
ISBN 978-2-88931-262-7

À cause des instabilités politiques qu'elle a connues dans son histoire, l'Afrique centrale est le théâtre des guerres et conflits armés répétitifs, des marasmes économiques et des calamités socioculturelles. En conséquence, une misère indescriptible s'y est installée. Au tréfonds de cette misère se trouve une situation particulière : l'aliénation de la femme, de sorte que la pauvreté y soit perçue comme étant d'abord une affaire des femmes. En ce sens, l'on peut parler de féminisation de la pauvreté. Cet ouvrage étudie un cas, la femme chez les Nande de l'Est de la RD Congo. Il décrit les étapes et les facteurs du processus de son aliénation, à partir de l'époque ancestrale où elle était socialement appelée « reine », Mughole, jusqu'à la période actuelle durant laquelle elle est devenue la principale cible des violences de tout genre, voire du viol.

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Ethics of Inclusion and Equality, Vol. 1 Politics & Society (2018)

John Mohan Razu
ISBN 978-2-88931-189-7

‘Ethics of Inclusion and Equality', published in two volumes, is a reader of 58 articles from the author on all areas of social and political life. Vol. 1 features articles on ‘Politics and Society'; vol. 2 features the author's insight on ‘Economy and Environment', ‘Education, Children and Sexuality', and ‘Religion and Tolerance'. Each Section underpins India's political economy, where India is taken as a referral point for analysis and interpretation. The literature reflects a trend sweeping the world as of 2018: the success of far-right conservative politics as a reaction to liberal appeasement politics, identity politics and the rejection of multiculturalism. The author addresses these issues in a direct, often devastating, fashion.

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 NEW 2ND ENLARGED EDITION 

 

Faith at Work: Directory of Associations of Faith-driven Entrepreneurs and Workers (2018)

Christoph Stückelberger / Vanessa Yuli Wang / Hong Bui
ISBN 978-2-88931-260-3

How can faith be lived at work? How can ethical values be implemented in business? Believers in all religions are searching answers. In Christianity, Christian entrepreneurs and Christian workers encourage each other in associations by conferences, trainings, coaching, Bible studies, prayer, advocacy, philanthropy and publications. This Directory portrays 95 Associations of Christian Entrepreneurs and of Christian workers and 32 Associations from eight other religions! A unique directory, also searchable online. The Geneva Agape Foundation is committed to strenghten faith at work by cooperating with such associations (www.gafoundation.world).

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Faith-Based Entrepreneurs Stronger Together. Report of the International Conference Geneva (2018)

Geneva Agape Foundation
ISBN 978-2-88931-258-0

The first worldwide, international conference for Associations of Christian Entrepreneurs and related organisations united a broad range of Christian denominations, including Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox, Evangelical, Pentecostal and Charismatic—a truly broad ecumenical forum. The outcome of keynote speeches, group discussions and testimonials was the will to learn from each other, connect to each other and plan how to cooperate. The joint "Faith in Business Geneva Declaration" summarizes the result.

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Christian Education in Nigeria and Ethical Challenges. Context of Enugu Diocese (2018)

Ernest Obodo
ISBN 978-2-88931-256-6

The main focus of this work is that, by her vocation, the Church has the mandate and challenge to teach all nations. It is her pastoral and canonical responsibility. School method of Evangelization was the successful tool in the hands of the early Missionaries in Nigeria. But the State forcefully took over Mission schools in 1970. Nationalization of schools and monopoly of control are forms of state-imposed secularism and moral relativism. Forty years after this nationalization of schools, the system of education has virtually collapsed. Just recently, thestate started the process of returning mission schools to their various owners.

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Le langage symbolique: Une méthode en théologie (2018)

Jonathan Kashindi Mulolwa
ISBN 978-2-88931-254-2

Les écrivains bibliques ont coutume de recourir au symbolisme pour assurer que la saisie de leur message soit facilitée. En se focalisant en particulier sur le quatrième évangile du Nouveau Testament, l'auteur lève le voile sur le caractère énigmatique de la christologie johannique qui paraît déconcertante pour le lecteur non averti à cause du caractère imagé que revêtent les appellations de Jésus : comme langage parabolique et allégorique, comme métaphore et symbole. Cette étude montre que le symbolisme n'est pas une formulation conceptuelle obscure et incomprise du public, mais au contraire que les théologiens devraient dans leurs discours de chaque jour être en mesure de trouver des formulations symboliques, afin de traduire l'exactitude de la vérité éthique et religieuse à transmettre. Bien compris ce langage est un outil d'enseignement fidèle à la méthode de transmission biblique et un véhicule sémantique d'une efficacité pédagogique inégalée..

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CSR Report on Chinese Business Overseas Operations (2018)

Liu Baocheng & Zhang Mengsha
ISBN 978-2-88931-250-4

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) refers to corporate behaviour that pro-actively meets the ethical expectations of the public and voluntarily contributes to the society. The global CSR movement yields numerous initiatives, standards and legislation. Owing to the need for development as well as the reform and opening-up policy, mounting Chinese enterprises are "going global" with large amounts of capital. Nevertheless, some foreign governments cast doubt on China's strategic intent, and the general public is dissatisfied with Chinese CSR performance. Chinese enterprises must strengthen their capacities regarding risk control, internal governance, public communication etc., so as to achieve mutual benefit with multi-stakeholders and build an image of responsible global citizenship.

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Economic Justice and Welfare for All: Seeking Prosperity and Freedom (2018)

Florian Josef Hoffmann
ISBN 978-2-88931-224-5

The title of the book promises ‘welfare for all'. Of course, that does not mean luxury for all. No, that would be an endless waste that cannot be in anyone's interest. What is meant is something realistic, namely a reasonably fair participation of all people in the infinite and indescribable wealth of our God-given world. Each person, without exception, can be empowered as a human being to lead a self-determined, decent life, ‘prospering to freedom'. The basic idea is simple: the more people there are on earth, the more capable humanity is to make meaningful contributions to a meaningful whole. Motivated human resources are available on a massive scale.

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African Church Assets Handbook (2018) 

Christoph Stückelberger / William Otiende Ogara / Bright Mawudor (Editors)
ISBN 978-2-88931-252-8

Churches in Africa have vast assets: agricultural land and prime land in cities, real estate in schools, universities, hospitals, churches etc. How can these institutions become less dependent on donations by increasing revenue from these assets? Theological visions, ethical values, planning skills, integrity leadership, fair elections, professional governing structures, anti-corruption mechanisms, innovative strategies and investment partnerships are needed to aid such developments. This handbook offers conceptual knowledge, practical solutions and case studies, written by practitioners for practitioners in churches: pastors/priests, leaders, finance officers, asset managers, donor agencies, students and all those engaged for professional, innovative, efficient and faith-based asset management of churches and church-related organisations.

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