The S.E.VEN Fund (SEVEN) is pleased to announce its 2010-11 Essay Competition in partnership with the Washington DC-based Center For Interfaith Action on Global Poverty (CIFA). We are seeking essays on enterprise solutions to poverty from around the globe that are faith-based, faith-inspired, or interfaith efforts. The competition will award two (2) prizes of US $5,000. The submission deadline is October 15, 2010 at midnight Eastern Standard Time (EST). Winners will be announced on December 15, 2010.
Foreign economic aid and government programs have spent billions of dollars over the past five decades to alleviate the high number of people living in poverty. No country has been lifted out of poverty solely as a result of these efforts. One-dimensional aid programs do not end poverty because they associate poverty solely with low to no levels of income for individuals and families.
A holistic approach that takes account of the full human person is necessary for effective poverty alleviation. Physical, emotional, social, and spiritual aspects need to be considered if we want to truly create abundance. Defining poverty, for example, as a lack of integration with global networks of productivity helps reframe our understanding of the problem and the solution. More information on http://www.sevenfund.org/faith-and-development/