Faith & Prosperity Nexus Blog
I was just asked if my blog had anything to do with a movement called “The Prosperity Gospel.” The answer is No. I do not believe that a person’s value or dignity is based on material wealth. Prosperity also is much broader and encompasses much more than material wealth. Prosperity takes into account the whole human person, body, mind and soul. If under “Prosperity Gospel” one understands that faith in God automatically leads to material prosperity, I would have to strongly disagree. Sometimes the willingness to live one’s faith means suffering, and even death. That’s why we have martyrs. The Prosperity Gospel simply ignores that age-old truth. I do not want to discuss the Prosperity Gospel movement in this blog. Others are doing that very well already. A place to go to learn and discuss more is this article in Christianity Today if you are interested in the debate.
On May 10th the Commonwealth Business Council will hold the Rwanda Investment Forum in Kigali. Few things are as important to development as SME investments, so i hope there will be strong attendance and many deals made. The African Private Equity Markets are getting stronger and is estimated at $5 billion in 2008, but Small and Medium Sized Companies are still struggling to get access to investment. Yet the opportunities for superior return on investment is considerable.
Just saw Iqbal Quadir’s article on the McKinsey “What Matters” website. Iqbal is the founder of Grameen Phone and makes some very good points on entrepreneurship and development. Check it out! Scale, Scope, Shadow, Source, State Accountability, Self Governance, Sclerosis, Solution: Promoting for-profit entrepreneurship is key to the economics of social progress. … Super good point!