Issues & Topics

Our background primers on the big issues.

The Earth is Our Home

In the third part of the series John Dornan and Suzanne Bunniss review faith groups and action over many years on environmental issues such as climate change, sustainability and our collective responsibilities to each other on a shared planet

Is Wealth the Problem?

In the second part of the series, John Dornan and Suzanne Bunniss explore what the value of religion or faith might be in addressing the major issues, challenges and stories we face in the 21st century?

Faith, Justice and Development

The first part of a series argues that any understanding of development which disregards the role of faith is lacking a key dimension for a substantial proportion, perhaps a majority, of humanity. But can we identify precisely what that key dimension offers which might otherwise be missing?

11 Key International Reports – a guide

Obtaining up-to-date information, facts, figures as well as case studies and viewpoints on important current development and human rights issues has never been easier. Apart

Ethical Consumption

Ethical Consumption is about making the connections between a product, where that product originated and in what context it has been produced.

Ideas & Values

These briefing notes have been designed to remind us of the larger, more fundamental questions that underpin specific issue discussions. Do we have duties and responsibilities in the world

Exploring The Shape of Our World Today

This module explores the basic shape of our world today: it highlights a range of key issues and challenges, how we see them and how others see them; it also explores key debates


The choices we make every day effect how the world is the way it is, and why things are the way they are. The consumption animations seek to question the underlying relationships between ‘us’ as consumers, ‘them’ as producers


“The truth about AIDS is of course a general truth about what the world is like today. In other words: what we allow the world

Women & Development

The role of women in developing countries, as explored throughout this module, has been recognised as the single most important factor when it comes to bringing about and sustaining long term social change.

This Is What Has Happened

HIV & AIDS, Women and Vulnerability in Zambia Through the use of photography and story telling, this report explores the human face behind the statistics


The loss of human life [due to hunger] is as great as if an atomic bomb – similar to the one that destroyed Hiroshima during

Millennium Development Goals

In 2000 the UN Millennium Declaration was adopted at the largest ever meeting of heads of state and committed those countries – rich and poor

Sustainable Development

What is Sustainable Development? …there can be no doubt that consumer cultures are behind what Gus Speth has called the “Great Collision” between a finite