Salvation Army International Headquarters South Asia Zonal Department
Name of creator(s): Salvation Army | South Asia Zonal Department | 1991-
The South Asia Zonal Department was created in February 1991 as part of the reorganisation of the International Headquarters' (IHQ) administrative structure. Prior to 1991 the oversight and supervision of the Salvation Army's work in overseas territories and commands was carried out under the direction of International Secretaries and Under-Secretaries in the Overseas Department. An International Secretary for South Asia had been established in 1979, prior to that there had been an International Secretary for Asia.
The business of the Overseas Department was operated through Boards and Councils, business meetings between the International Secretaries and the Chief of Staff and the General, and links to other IHQ departments. An Overseas Service Council was held weekly and considered business lists (records of discussions regarding overseas operations), finance issues, property proposals and a range of other issues relating to the organisation and its officers. Other boards and councils included: International College for Officers Consultative Council which met at least once a year, an annual Overseas Budget Council, a monthly Overseas Finance Board and a weekly Overseas Expenditure Board. The Overseas Department produced briefs for territorial visits by the General, Chief of Staff and International Secretaries and was required to submit an annual statement of accounts for each territory to the IHQ Audit Department which produced territorial audit reports.
Further details of the structure and procedures of the Overseas Department can be found in the manual dated c1990 at SAZ/1/1. Development work including overseas projects and officer training was administered by an IHQ Development Department with links to the Overseas Department. Individual projects were considered by an Overseas Project Council and funding came from both external and internal sources. The latter included the Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO) based in USA and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
The Salvation Army Territories, Commands and Regions within South Asia have changed over time. As of 2012 the territories include: Bangladesh Command, India Central Territory, India Eastern Territory, India Northern Territory, India South Eastern Territory, India South Western Territory, India Western Territory, Middle East Region, Pakistan Territory, and the Sri Lanka Territory.
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CONTENT AND STRUCTURE
Scope and content/abstract: Papers of the South Asia Zonal Department and predecessor bodies, c1945-2013. The records in this collection show a degree of continuity of record keeping procedures throughout the organisational changes detailed above. Notably, several of the correspondence files run continously prior to and subsequent to 1991. The collection as a whole therefore includes papers that precede the formation of the zonal department.
System of arrangement:
Where a record order or system is evident this has been retained, such as in the case of business notes and correspondence files. The remainder have been arranged according to key functions or activities, as follows:
SAZ 1: Administrative papers
SAZ 2: Correspondence
SAZ 3: Business notes
SAZ 4: India Commissions
SAZ 5: Seminars and workshops
SAZ 6: Development and missionary work
SAZ 7: Officer Career Cards
SAZ 8: Photographs
ACCESS AND USE
Language: Mainly English
Conditions governing access: Some files are closed. See individual records for details
Conditions governing reproduction:
Finding aids: Catalogue
Date(s) of descriptions: 2012