"We have to break the dependency syndrome". The role of religion in development. An empirical study of the program Income Generating Activity operated by Bridge For Life Ethiopia
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This thesis addresses an empirical study of the non governmental organization (NGO) Bridge for Life Ethiopia (BLE) and how their implementation of income generating activity (IGA) can contribution to a sustainable human development of the country. The study will also look at the way BLE’s religious values are incorporated in the field of development as understood by the participants and employees of BLE, local community and the local government, known as the Kebele. My research question is: What effect does the local Non-Governmental Organization Bridge For Life Ethiopia have on the Sustainable Human Development in Ethiopia through their Income Generating Activities, and what role and function does religion have in this social development process? Using this specific method of income generating activity, Bridge For Life presents a focus on the family as a whole, empowers the parents to be self-reliable while requiring them to send all their children to school, through support provided by BLE and income generated by the parents through the IGA. The research also reveals how Christianity and the role of religion contribute as a motivational factor for working in development and how it also builds trust and transformation in the community. This qualitative and empirical in-depth research can be a contribution to the field of the role of religion and development. By operating at a local level the research also will contribute to how sustainability can be achieved, by participating locals in development work, and how cooperating with the Kebele can form a relationship of trust and transparency.