Faith and Development Leaders' Meeting

From July 1– to 3, 2009, 85 development and faith leaders from 28 countries met in Accra, Ghana, to explore the common ground and goals of religious and development organizations fighting poverty. Faiths represented included Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, and Islam. Particular attention was paid to the expertise of religious leaders on developing effective strategies to serve local populations. Participants discussed the role of faith-based leaders beyond their specific civil society functions. The meeting was coordinated by the World Bank’'s Development Dialogue on Values and Ethics and the World Faiths Development Dialogue; it was further supported by the United Kingdom’'s Department for International Development. The event included sessions on HIV/AIDS, malaria, education, and other issues of common concern.

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