Paul Stephenson

Paul Stephenson

Advisory Board Member
Senior Director, Child Development and Rights

Paul Stephenson has worked in international relief and development for over 20 years, specializing in child development, education, child rights and community development. Paul has worked in Latin America; Africa and Asia with southern based NGOs and Tearfund UK. He coordinated education reform for indigenous groups, and disaster response following Hurricane Mitch in Honduras; managed community services for the most vulnerable groups in the refugee camps in Tanzania following the Rwandan genocide, and conducted participatory research with working children in India and South Asia.

Paul currently leads the Child Development and Rights technical cluster for World Vision International. The cluster includes sector work on Child Development; Child Protection; Child Participation; Child Rights; Disability; Gender and Spiritual Development, as well as a research and learning unit.

He has written and edited numerous works, including Questioning the Basis of Our Work: Christianity, Children’s Rights and Development (2004) and Child Participation (2004). Paul currently lives in Thaxted, Essex in the UK and is married to Lisa, actor and singer songwriter, and has two children Frank and Ava.

Recommended Reading:

  1. Scales, P., Roehlkepartain, G., Wallace, T., Inselman, A., Stephenson, P., Rodriguez, M. ‘Brief report; Assessing youth well-being in global emergency settings: Early results from the Emergency Developmental Assets Profile. In Journal of Adolescence. 45 (2015) 98
  2. Bartlett, K., Stephenson, P., & Cadaing, L. ‘Parents and Communities: The Key to Understanding “Faith-based” Early Childhood Services and Programs’ in Handbook of Early Childhood Development Research and its impact on global policy. 2013
  3. Stephenson, P., Luippold, B., & Lorey, M. ‘HIV and AIDs; Care for the Orphans and Vulnerable Children. Fuller Theological News and Notes. Fall 2005
  4. Ennew, J. & Stephenson, P. (Eds) (2004) ‘Questioning the Basis of our Work: Christianity, Children’s Rights and Development’ Black on White Publishing, Bangkok
  5. Stephenson, P. (2004) ‘Children at Risk’, Chapter in The Child aged Five to Twelve. WHO (as yet unpublished)
  6. Foster G, Webster J, Stephenson P. Supporting Community Initiatives is Crucial to Scaling Up Orphan Support Activities in Africa. Submitted abstract, XIV International Conference on AIDS, 2002
  7. Foster G, Webster J, Stephenson P. A Study of 19 Christian Community Orphan Initiatives in Zimbabwe (unpublished 2002)
  8. Stephenson, P. (2003), ‘The Rights of Children and the Christian Response’ In ‘Celebrating Children’: Equipping People working with Children Living in Difficult Circumstances Around the World. Eds. Miles, G. & Wright, J. Paternoster Press 2003.
  9. Besford, R. & Stephenson, P. (2003) ‘The Churches’ Ministry to Children and their Families’ In ‘Celebrating Children’: Equipping People working with Children Living in Difficult Circumstances Around the World. Eds. Miles, G. & Wright, J. Paternoster Press.”
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