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Feeny, Simon, Clarke, Matthew, Westhorp, Gill, Jennings, Michael and Donohue, Cara (2023) 'Impacts of child sponsorship communications: findings from World Vision programmes.' Development in Practice, 33 (3). pp. 280-290.

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Child sponsorship programmes often seek to establish a personal relationship between a sponsor and child through the exchange of letters, photos, and sometimes gifts. This paper examines the impact of these activities using data from communities supported by World Vision in Georgia, Ethiopia, Peru, Senegal, and Sri Lanka. Findings indicate that some types of communications were associated with higher levels of psychosocial wellbeing. While findings varied across country, survey data for sponsored and non-sponsored children provided evidence of jealously, although on average, it was weak. Findings from interviews indicated that some non-sponsored children and families experienced jealousy more intensely.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Development Studies
ISSN: 13649213
Copyright Statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript version of the following article, accepted for publication in Development in Practice. It is deposited under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
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Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2022 18:29
Funders: Other

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