Symposium on Global Development and Faith-Inspired Organizations in the Muslim World

In December 2007, the Berkley Center and Center for International and Regional Studies at the School of Foreign Service in Qatar hosted a symposium in Doha on the role of faith-based organizations in global development in the Muslim World. The meeting brought together a combination of practitioners and leading academics to review major issues facing the modern Muslim world. Discussions at the Doha meeting centered on the issues of expanding knowledge of institutional arrangements and trends in Muslim majority developing countries, forming relationships among public, private, and religiously inspired actors, fundraising in the post-September 11 world, and the broad issues of children, education, health, and gender. The review focused on how emerging institutions in the Muslim world, especially those with explicit links to faith, are approaching issues of social and economic development.
The consultation was the second in a series of geographically-focused explorations undertaken by the Berkley Center, with support from the Henry R. Luce Foundation, whose objective is both to increase knowledge about institutions and their work and to identify and explore emerging policy issues.

View Background Review: "'Mapping' Social and Economic Development Work in the Muslim World"

Keynote speakers:
Dr. Azhari Gasim Ahmed, Senior Economist, Islamic Development Bank
Dr. Hany El Banna, Co-founder and President, Islamic Relief Worldwide

Also interviewed:
Amadou Cisse, Islamic Development Bank
Marie Juul Petersen and Sara Lei Sparre, Danish Institute for International Studies

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