WSCF meeting Evangelisches Missionswerk & Bread for the World

July 9th, 2015 3:50 pm
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On 12 June 2015, representatives of our three levels in WSCF – our country level member movement in Germany- ESG represented by our long term colleague and friend- Annette Klinke, regional representatives of WSCF-Europe- Regional Secretary Natia Tsintsadze and Chairperson Zuzana Babicova along with WSCF Interim Staff Coordinator Necta Montes met with Oliver Martin- Bread for the World (a Protestant Development Service) and Christoph Anders from Evangelisches Missionswerk (EMW).

Both organisations have been long term supporters of WSCF mission through generous financial support. The very reason why there was such a need for this in person meeting is because all three organisations did not meet for a long while. Therefore, some deeper understanding of how WSCF as an organisation is doing in particular its financial well being along with giving more insight into our programmatic direction was our reason for re-establishing connections. As WSCF had her General Assembly this year  after 6,5 years and has set on the transition period, these were also reasons why a meeting with our long term partners would be very helpful.

Thus, we came to Berlin to meet Oliver Martin from the Bread for the World which used to support WSCF and in particular financially less capable countries with their programs. As this funding (known as WSCF Ecumenical Assistance Program) stopped some years ago and some regions of WSCF suffered from the loss of this resource, we were keen to renew the connection to the Bread for the World and understand whether there is a chance for WSCF to still receive support and what conditions there may be. Oliver Martin gave us a clear message that doors are still open and they will welcome applications from WSCF or any strong national movement capable of administering their funds professionally and up to desired standards. Oliver stressed that Bread for the World will value and will most likely give support to such conceptual proposals which will show coherence of programs organized by different parts of WSCF. He offered further consultancy through their organisation, so we left re-assured that WSCF needs to identify solid human resource capacity internally  and develop the concept for new programs that is viable for us and matching with expectations of Bread for the World.

After conversation with Martin, we had a good few hours’ talk with Mr Anders who is the Director of EMW. EMW has been contributing to the WSCF core budget for decades with generous amount of financial resources. These were particularly very valuable in that it is rare nowadays to be able to receive undesignated funds. WSCF have been able to use this funding to annually remunerate our seven key staff members- six regional secretaries and Inter-regional Office (IRO) office personnel that are instrumental for enabling regions to have the basis for further work with national movements of WSCF and keep programs going.

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We talked with Christoph about what WSCF need to improve and the main points from Christoph for us were – better transparency and reporting quality. We acknowledged importance of both and agreed to strive for the best;  we internally are aware of the need to address it and assured that concerns raised will be dealt with. We also talked about the change of the location of the IRO office to another place in Europe or outside. Right now when the WSCF transition team is working until the end of this year on remodelling the way WSCF may work in near future, a costly IRO Geneva location  is a key almost hot topic for many of us in the Federation. Christoph was sharing with us a few examples of global organisations changing the location and the rationale and context behind it. Christoph’s understanding was that in our context this move may represent a symbolic change which seems to be desired by many internally and that worthwhile will be to think also about theological and historical underpinning of the the place we may choose for the IRO. We appreciated Christoph’s engaged and consultative approach and willingness to support us with advice and knowledge coming from EMW’s institutional experience. Apart from many matters related directly to the current situation of ”times of transformation”, we also touched upon the theme of our global campaign (its potential and weaknesses) and its underlying engagement of friends of WSCF. How can we all – students, staff and WSCF alumnae/Senior Friends- best mutually benefit from giving and receiving as we wish to stay around WSCF. That was also our part of our discussion- an aspect that needs thoughtful process and a lot of development from us.  WSCF was also warmly welcomed to host events and meetings in EMW’s facilities in Hamburg in the future. This will surely be a good opportunity in the future to get to know more EMW.

This meeting was very fruitful for both the actual exchange of ideas and concerns and a very good opportunity to establish personal connections with EMW represented by Mr Anders and Bread for the World represented by Mr Martin. They both showed care and committement to WSCF which was very positive for us and much appreciated. As we agreed, once the Transition team has first solid results of their analysis and proposals, our all partners including Christoph from EMW and Martin from Bread for the World will be invited for further discussion along with other partners and donors of WSCF.

Much gratitude from Necta, Natia, Annette and Zuzana to Martin and Christoph for a trully engaging time analysing, discussing and sharing our thoughts on how to pave the way for WSCF in the coming years.

Zuzana Babicova

Chairperson of WSCF-Europe

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