Workshop on Global Development with Faith-Inspired Organizations in Africa and Europe
Engaged practitioners met in The Hague to take stock of the wide range of ongoing work by different organizations that are inspired by religious faith and to explore the policy implications that emerge from their interactions with development organizations. The specific focus of the workshop was on emerging challenges including questions arising because of different perspectives on cultural practices, issues around governance and accountability, links to sectoral programs supported by international financing agencies, and practical issues such as blockages in funding channels.
The workshop forms part of broader research programs underway in both the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) and Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs. The work built on prior meetings of the Knowledge Centre Religion and Development, which revealed the challenges that may arise from different cultural approaches to development issues. ISS maintains a working relationship with the Knowledge Centre.
The Berkley Center program involved a three year investigation of the work of faith-inspired development organizations in different regions of the world, supported by the Henry R. Luce Foundation. The consultation was the third in a series of geographically-focused explorations whose objective was 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 Europe and Africa"
Msgr. Robert Vitillo, Caritas Internationalis