AOSIS Scholarly Books 2024-04-12T10:36:41+02:00 Katy Blatchford Open Monograph Press <p>As leaders in our field, we provide comprehensive publishing services for authors of scholarly research books. We present high-quality publications globally and are committed to disseminating peer-reviewed, research-based publications across various academic disciplines. We are committed to providing you with all the resources, support and advice you need to submit your book proposal and publish it with us.</p> The Place of Story and the Story of Place 2024-04-08T13:19:10+02:00 Ernst M Conradie Willie James Jennings Ray Aldred Louk A Andrianos Sophia Chirongoma Arnfríður Guðmundsdóttir Melanie L Harris Eneida Jacobsen <p>This third volume of the series on “An Earthed Faith” focuses on creation theology. The ten invited essays address the following core question: “What difference does it make to the story of cosmic, planetary, human and cultural evolution to re-describe this as the creative work of God’s love?” Inversely, what difference does it make to the story of God’s love to describe it in evolutionary and geographic terms? Addressing this question requires theological reflection on place (land, geography and landscape) and on evolution (cosmic, biological, hominid and human) as the story of such place. This entails a narrative reconstruction of the story where current interests, positions of power and fears are necessarily at stake (the place where the story is being told), often dominated by issues of race rather than by grace. How, then, is this story to be told, given such a sense of place?</p> <p>This volume will entail a highly constructive effort to address the classic tasks associated with creation theology at the cutting edge of contemporary ecotheology.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Delayed open access. All rights reserved.</strong></p> 2024-03-28T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) 2024 Ernst M Conradie , Willie James Jennings (Volume editor) Theological perspectives on re-imagining leadership in post-COVID-19 Africa 2024-03-26T14:31:54+02:00 Philip La Grange Du Toit Alfred R Brunsdon Albert J Coetsee Francois P Viljoen Elma Cornelius Jacobus Kok Rudy A Denton Christopher Magezi Nelus Niemandt Frederick Marais Manitza Kotzé <p>Post-coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) realities are challenging leaders in all spheres of society in many ways. From the onset of the pandemic, leaders on every level were challenged to provide appropriate guidance in the face of new and adverse realities. From the micro level of local congregations to the macro level of national governments, leaders were required to provide the type of leadership that would not only address immediate obstacles but simultaneously be visionary in the face of uncertainties that became the hallmark of post-COVID-19 society. In this book, the authors reflect on leadership in a post-COVID-19 society from bibliological, practical, theological, missiological and ethical perspectives. Although the authors have the global village in mind, the focus leans towards the African context. The book aims to contribute meaningfully to a much-needed and re-imagined vision of leaders which fits post-COVID-19 societies.</p> 2023-11-30T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) 2023 Philip La Grange Du Toit, Alfred R Brunsdon (Volume editor) Equitable Evaluation 2024-04-12T10:36:41+02:00 Steven Masvaure Takunda John Chirau Tebogo Fish Candice Morkel Adeline Sibanda Zacharia Grand Edson Natha Caitlin Mapitsa Seán Mfundza Muller Ayabulela Dlakavu Jerim Obure Jennifer Norins Amy Murgatroyd Cecile Feront Desiree Jason Ian Goldman Kguagelo Moshia-Molebatsi Matodzi Amisi Penny Parenzee Samukelisiwe Mkhize Sinenhlanhla Tsekiso Sybert Mutereko Takunda Chirau Thandolwethu Lukuko Umali Saidi Zulaikha Brey <p class="Bodytextcontent">The World Health Organization (WHO) defines equity as the absence of preventable or remediable disparities among various groups of individuals, regardless of how these groups are delineated, whether by social, economic, demographic or geographic factors. The goal of equity is to eliminate the unfair and avoidable circumstances that deprive people of their rights. Therefore, inequities generally arise when certain population groups are unfairly deprived of basic resources that are made available to other groups. A disparity is ‘unfair’ or ‘unjust’ when its cause is due to the social context rather than biological factors. Equitable evaluation contends that conducting evaluation practices with an equity approach is more powerful, as evaluation is used as a tool for advancing equity. It emphasises that context, culture, history, and beliefs shape the nature of evaluations, specifically in the diverse and often complex African reality. Equitable evaluation can render power to the powerless, offer a voice to the silenced and give presence to those treated as invisible. Evidence from various sources shows that inequality is prevalent on the African continent, hence the need to focus on evaluative solutions that address the structural issues that contribute to the different forms of inequality, such as economic, political and social inequality. Despite a plethora of development interventions on the African continent, a large proportion of the population on the continent is still lacking access to basic goods and services for survival. The effectiveness of developmental programmes in sub-Saharan Africa has been elusive, to the extent that minimal inroads have been made in addressing key challenges such as poverty, inequality and the effects of climate change. This scholarly book aims to invigorate academic discussions surrounding developmental programmes, with the goal of generating insights that can be utilised by evaluation commissioners and decision-makers to help address inequality and promote a more equitable society in Africa through improved evaluation processes.</p> 2023-10-23T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) 2023 Steven Masvaure, Takunda John Chirau, Tebogo Fish, Candice Morkel (Volume editor)