World Development Appeal

Global Mission


The World Development Appeal (WDA) is launched in the autumn each year. Over the Advent and the Christmas season it aims to raise £500,000, or more, for development projects overseas, with funding channelled through PCI's aid agency partners, Christian Aid and Tearfund.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo and Zimbabwe are the focus of ‘A beautiful idea: Women's voices in fragile states’, the Presbyterian Church in Ireland’s (PCI) World Development Appeal for 2017. The proceeds raised this year will support community awareness projects based in these two countries.

The main film (above) tells the story of a women's self-health initiative, focusing on maternal and neonatal health. The women of Zumbe have set up a travel fund which now provides for transport to hospital when a pregnant woman approaching her due date experiences complications.

This year’s World Development Appeal will support Action Entraide and Padare Enkundleni to support some of the world's poorest people, building a future for them in some of the hardest places in the world to be a women, and to be poor.

Various resources and background materials are available for the 2017 World Development Appeal, including artwork for the poster and leaflet, PowerPoint presentation and video clips. These can be viewed and downloaded here.

The World Development Appeal has been in existence since July 1980, and gives our church members the opportunity to respond to the needs of the poorest and most marginalised of the world's people. We work in long term partnership with the poor, changing lives and communities for the better.

  • World Development not only aims to raise money but also to raise awareness.
  • World Development supports the continuing campaign to cancel the debt of poor countries.
  • World Development supports the Trade and Justice Movement which is working for fairer world trade rules.

In 2002, our General Assembly passed the following Resolution:

"That The General Assembly encourage the use of fairlytraded products within the Presbyterian Church in Ireland and advocate the use of fairly traded tea, coffee, and other products within Church House and also at Presbytery and congregational events."

Responsibility for planning, promoting and overseeing the World Development Appeal lies with the World Development Committee (WDC), one of four committees of the Council for Global Mission whose members are appointed each year by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland.

To view information on past appeals please click here.

For more information on World Development contact:

World Development Committee
Mission Department
Assembly Buildings
2-10 Fisherwick Place
Belfast  BT1 6DW

T:+44 (0)28 9032 2284
F:+44 (0)28 9023 6605