So... what is the VIACARE initiative?
In a nutshell, VIACARE is a program that is aimed at providing practical solutions and responses to the endemic problem of mismanagement and corruption in international aid. Just visualise a bucket being filled with aid money and that money is flowing out through holes in the bottom. That’s the problem. VIACARE is a solution designed to identify those leaks, patch the leaks and to encourage donors to keep putting their money into that bucket!
VIACARE is an acronym that stands for: Verify, Inspect, Assess, Certify, Advise, Report, Endorse.
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From the Editor, February 2013.
Over the past several months my Egyptian wife and I have been watching several Arabic news channels daily on satellite TV and have gained quite a clear understanding of all that has been happening on the ground in Egypt. We have also been talking regularly to our extended family in Alexandria and it is now clear that Egypt's popular revolution has now been subverted by the new president and his radical Ekhwan associates (the Muslim Brotherhood).
The first thing that was obvious to us is that there have been many deeply disturbing developments in Egypt that have gone almost totally unreported by the western media, and I suspect that even many western politicians are unaware of these disturbing developments.
A few days ago I watched a very interesting and balanced discussion on satellite TV about the introduction of gay marriage in the UK. It was interesting because for the first time I heard pro-gay civil libertarians arguing strongly against the gay lobby's push for marriage equality. Their objections were based on the belief that the forced cultural redefinition of marriage actually impinges on the rights and liberties of the wider population, as well as on children, religious minorities and religious educators.
I found it a little ironic that secular libertarians were arguing the case against gay marriage far more persuasively than many Christian apologists, and they had some very valid points to make. In the UK religious leaders and educational institutions have expressed concerns that teaching the biblical view that homosexuality is a sin, may lead to criminal prosecution. Although it is claimed that the current legislation protects religious groups, it has long been the fear of Christians around the world that once governments lead the way in defining social values, any individual who expresses an opposing religious belief about homosexuality, may face prosecution under so-called anti-hate and anti-discrimination laws. And in fact that is a very real concern.
The whole problem with the notion of a 'just war' is that even if leaders do have noble intentions (which in most cases they do not) or worthy political objectives (which in most cases they do not), wars invariably kill innocent people. And very few human beings, no matter how just or noble they may be at the beginning of a conflict, are able to maintain a clear moral compass in a climate of intense fear with death all around them.
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I was born in 1968 and grew up in southern California. I am the eldest of three children and was born a strong-willed child with a "spirited" personality. The first 8 years of life my family attended a good church where I learned about God and Jesus. As a little girl, I knew and loved Jesus very much...
“As I left Australia to spend three and a half months on a hospital ship in one of the world’s poorest nations I had no idea what was ahead of me,” says Abbey Rowe of Brisbane.
Converts from Islam to Christianity are increasingly concerned about a number of reports in recent months which have cited astounding statistics on conversion. It is true – and a matter for thankfulness to God – that more Muslims are now coming to Christ than at any other time in history. However, they are not converting on the vast scale alleged in some reports. These false reports, often initiated by non-Christians and then circulated by Christians, are a matter of grave concern, not just for those who love truth and accuracy, but also for the many individuals whose lives are being endangered by the publicity given to the exaggerated figures.
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