October 14, 2008
Governance and Faith: Consultation on Issues and Next Steps
Faith leaders and institutions play myriad roles in social fields but broad and sustained engagement on public anti-corruption and good governance issues has been somewhat muted. Why is this? And how might faith leaders mobilize to play a greater role in these areas globally? This event explored current efforts by faith leaders and institutions to address governance challenges internationally and possible avenues towards more effective engagement. The work forms part of the Luce/SFS Program on Religion and International Affairs to review leading issues involving religion and global development. The dinner discussion focused on ideas for faith engagement on transparency issues in the light of the biannual International Anti-Corruption Conference in Athens which also took place in the Fall of 2008. The meeting also explored the broad concept of governance and, more specifically, ethical, cultural, and religious dimensions of corruption, a challenge faced in every culture and society.
Katherine Marshall is a Senior Fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, where she leads the Center's program on Religion and Global Development. After a long career in the development field, including several leadership positions at the World Bank, Marshall moved to Georgetown in 2006, where she also serves as a Visiting Associate Professor in the School of Foreign Service. She helped to create and now serves as the Executive Director of the World Faiths Development Dialogue.