Date(s) - 04/10/2018
9:00 am - 10:00 am


You are invited to join the JLI Webinar on ways of working with local faith communities


Discussion will be moderated by JLI Coordinator, Jean Duff

  • Missionary Approach to Development, Seamus O’Leary
  • The fire from above, and the fire from below- peacebuilding approaches, Rick van der Woud


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Relevant Resources

Misean Cara Missionary Approach to Development Interventions (MADI)     Misean Cara Brief Missionary Approach to Development Interventions     Missionary Responses to Ebola Virus Crises- Misean Cara


Guest Speakers

Seamus O’Leary, Learning and Development Manager, Misean Cara

Established in 2004, Misean Cara is an international and Irish faith-based missionary development movement comprising 91 member organisations working in over 50 countries. Séamus O’Leary manages the Learning and Development Team within Misean Cara, with a focus on monitoring, evaluation, research and capacity development.  Seamus has been involved in overseas development since 1992. He previously worked in Romania and Albania, providing support to Missionaries of Charity care centres in Eastern Europe. Séamus spent three years with the Columban Lay Mission Programme in Lahore, Pakistan.  He has worked on programmes in India and the Philippines with Trócaire as Asia Programme Officer and the Integration Centre on cultural diversity in Ireland.

Rick van der Woud, Director, Mensen met een Missie

Since February 2017, Rick van der Woud is director of Mensen met een Missie, an organization for international cooperation and solidarity. The network of Mensen met een Missie extends to 13 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. In these countries Mensen met een Missie is working for peace and reconciliation through the improvement of the position of women, through interreligious dialogue, trauma healing and conflict resolution at a local level. Mensen met een Missie can rely on almost a century of experience and is firmly rooted in the missionary tradition of its founders, the Dutch religious orders and congregations.

Before joining Mensen met een Missie Rick worked as a political adviser and negotiator in various arena’s like the EU, UN, and in The Hague. Over the years he specialized in religious minorities policy, with a specific focus on Muslim minorities. Rick is member to the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Christian Democratic Party in the Netherlands, and trains young politicians in lobby, facilitation of dialogue, negotiation, and integrity all over Europe and its neighbouring countries.

Rick is a father of 4, is happily married to Eveline, and loves to listen to highly Romantic opera and Gregorian chant