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January 10, 2011

Workshop on Global Development and Institutions Inspired by Faith in South and Central Asia

As part of its global mapping of faith-inspired organizations in development work sponsored by the Luce/SFS Program on Religion and International Affairs, the Berkley Center and the World Faiths Development Dialogue held a consultation on issues of faith and development in South and Central Asia. The consultation convened scholars and practitioners for a two-day long discussion on the role of faith-inspired practitioners and organizations on issues of global development and equity in South and Central Asia. The consultation outcomes led to the publication of reports outlining critical actors, best practices, and ways forward. It was co-sponsored in Bangladesh by BRAC University's BRAC Development Institute (BDI).
The consultation was the sixth 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 South and Central Asia"

The Center's Katherine Marshall, who hosted the consultation, wrote a piece on the Washington Post's OnFaith page about the Rohingya, a Muslim people living as refugees in Bangladesh. The Center's Melody Fox Ahmed and WFDD's Michael Bodakowski also co-authored a piece on the Rohingya and Muslim Aid, a UK-based, Islamic-inspired group working with the Rohingya in Bangaldesh.

Forgotten crisis: Stateless in Bangladesh
By Katherine Marshall

Faith, Development, and a People Without a State in Bangladesh
By Melody Fox Ahmed and Michael Bodakowski

Featuring

Katherine Marshall

Katherine Marshall

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 professor in the School of Foreign Service. She helped to create and now serves as the executive director of the World Faiths Development Dialogue.

Participants

Younis Alam

Younis Alam

Younis Alam is an ordained Catholic priest and a humanitarian worker in Pakistan. He has previously volunteered with Idara Aman-o-Insaaf, a human rights group and has also served as a parish priest in rural Pakistan. In 2000, Younis founded...
Amir Ali

Amir Ali

Amir Ali joined the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) as Assistant CEO and was appointed CEO in 1990 has overseen major AKF funded programs in Bangladesh. Since 1981, AKF has provided financial and programmatic support for various social development...
Moulana Abul Kalam Azad

Moulana Abul Kalam Azad

Moulana Abul Kalam Azad is an Islamic scholar and community development activist with over twenty years experience in the Islamic interfaith community. He currently serves as the founding Chairman of Masjid Council for Community Advancement...
Fayyaz Baqir

Fayyaz Baqir

Fayyaz Baqir is the Director of the Akhter Hameed Khan Resource Centre (AHKRC) in Pakistan and has over twenty years of experience promoting sustainable development and good governance. Baqir has worked with UNICEF, UNDP, the Aga khan Rural...
Keshab Chaulagain

Keshab Chaulagain

Keshab Chaulagain is the founding general secretary of the Interreligious Council of Nepal, created in 2004. In this role, he helped form an interfaith leaders network to address violence against women with the support of the United Nations...
Visaka Dharmadasa

Visaka Dharmadasa

Visaka Dharmadasa is the Founder and Chair of the Association of War Affected Women and Parents of Servicemen Missing in Action. Ms. Dharmadasa educates soldiers and community leaders about international standards of conduct of war specifically to...
Olcott Gunasekera

Olcott Gunasekera

Olcott Gunasekera is the founder and President of the Dharmavijaya Foundation, founded in 1977 under the patronage of the late Most Venerable Madihe Pannasiha Mahanayaka Thera. The foundation was incorporated by an Act of Parliament in 1979 with...
Francis Halder

Francis Halder

Francis Halder, a Catholic Christian, is an eco-practitioner and has been serving as the Project Coordinator of Anando, a community development NGO in Bangladesh, since 1997. Prior to working with Anando, he served for 11 years as Area Coordinator...
Jena Derakhshani Hamadani

Jena Derakhshani Hamadani

Dr. Jena Derakhshani Hamadani graduated from Rajshahi Medical College in 1983 and completed her Diploma in Child Health with distinction in 1996. In 2004 she received her Ph.D. in child development from the Institute of Child Health at the...
Samia Huq

Samia Huq

Samia Huq is an assistant professor at the Department of Economics and Social Science at BRAC University, Dhaka. Her ongoing research concerns Islamist women and their engagement with policies relevant to gender and development, tracing the...
Suhrob Khaitov

Suhrob Khaitov

Suhrob Khaitov is a social worker and an administrator of the Center on Mental Health and HIV/AIDS, a nonprofit organization in Tajikistan. As an administrator, he helps provide training seminars on HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention, including...
Tatiana Kotova

Tatiana Kotova

Tatiana Kotova is the Regional Director, Central Asia of DanChurchAid.
Rabia Mathai

Rabia Mathai

Dr. Mathai brings over 30 years of international public health experience in primary healthcare program management and strategic planning, including maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, malaria, TB and other infectious diseases. She joined...
Cedric Prakash

Cedric Prakash

Fr. Cedric Prakash, S.J., is a human rights and peace activist and the founding director of PRASHANT, A Centre for Human Rights, Justice and Peace, in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. He is at the forefront on issues on behalf of the poor, the...
Maggie Ronkin

Maggie Ronkin

Maggie Ronkin is an American Institute of Pakistan Studies and Fulbright Scholar whose research focuses on identities of African-heritage people in South Asia. Recently, she partnered with Directors of the Akhter Hameed Khan Resource Center, the...
Muhammad Amjad Saqib

Muhammad Amjad Saqib

Dr. Muhammad Amjad Saqib, Executive Director at Akhuwat, graduated from King Edward Medical College Lahore and completed Master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA) and Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship at American University. He joined the civil...
Bedreldin Shutta

Bedreldin Shutta

Bedreldin Shutta is a humanitarian worker with over 15 years of experience in the field. He obtained his Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) and MSc in Human Nutrition from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Faculty of Medicines,...
Baba Iqbal Singh

Baba Iqbal Singh

Baba Iqbal Singh is the leader of the Kalgidhar Society in India, an organization that works for education reform and equality. He directed the society to implement the mission of "combining modern education with faith to produce good global...
Farida Vahedi

Farida Vahedi

Farida Vahedi is a member of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of India, and a trustee of the Bahá'í House of Worship, better known as the Lotus Temple. She serves as the Secretary for External Affairs of the National Spiritual...
Fadlullah Wilmot

Fadlullah Wilmot

Fadlullah Wilmot is country director for Islamic Relief Pakistan. Prior to this, he was country director for Muslim Aid Bangladesh, a position he held from 2008. He formerly headed Muslim Aid Indonesia, where he set up offices throughout the...
Chintamani M. Yogi

Chintamani M. Yogi

Dr. Chintamani M. Yogi leads non-profit organizations in Nepal committed to interfaith compassion, dialogue, and understanding. He established the Hindu VidyaPeeth movement that supports the education of underprivileged and orphaned children while...
Batir Zalimov

Batir Zalimov

Batir Zalimov is a psychologist working for Centre for Mental Health and HIV/AIDS, an NGO in Tajikistan. He has worked at the Centre since 2007 and his scope of work includes psychological counseling, conduct counseling and self-help group work....