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May 18, 2009

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Global Risks 2011
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Workshoponglobaldevelopment

June 24, 2008

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"

Also interviewed:
Msgr. Robert Vitillo, Caritas Internationalis

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.

Gerrie ter Haar

Gerrie ter Haar

Gerrie ter Haar is Chair in Religion and Development at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, the Netherlands. She is Vice-President of the International Association for the History of Religions and a founding member of the African Association for the Study of Religions. Much of her work has concerned the study of religion in Africa, and she has published widely on this subject as well as on comparative issues. She is one of the founders of the Knowledge Centre on Religion and Development, which she continues to serve as chair of the advisory council and interim director. In 2006, she was coauthor of "The Role of Religion in Development: Towards a New Relationship between the European Union and Africa," which won an essay prize awarded by the European Journal of Development Research (vol. 18, no. 3).

Participants

Husnul Amin

Husnul Amin

Husnul Amin is a PhD student at the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague. Originally from Pakistan, he is studying Islamic institutions and development discourse in his home country, with emphasis on poverty alleviation. The study is constructed...

Brenda Bartelink

Brenda Bartelink is a PhD student at the Faculty of Religious Studies at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. In her research she analyses discourses and practices on religion and development, specifically the contributions of...
Welmoet Boender

Welmoet Boender

Welmoet Boender is a researcher at Stichting Oikos, an ecumenical institute for church and development cooperation, and a staff member of the Knowledge Centre Religion and Development, a cooperation of five Dutch faith-inspired NGOs. Trained in...
Omer Caha

Omer Caha

Professor Omer Caha is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences at Fatih University in Istanbul and a well-known scholar in Turkey on NGO and poverty issues. He has contributed numerous essays to edited volumes and...
Jacques Dinan

Jacques Dinan

Jacques Dinan is the Executive Secretary of Caritas Africa, the President of Caritas Mauritius, a member of the Executive Committee of Caritas Internationalis, a senior public relations consultant in Mauritius, and the CEO of his own company,...
Peter Grant

Peter Grant

Peter Grant is a co-founding director of Restored, a global Christian alliance launched in 2010 to end violence against women. He previously was the International Director of Tearfund from July 2005 to September 2010, where he oversaw the...

Audu Grema

As the Head of UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) Northern Office based in Kano, Nigeria, Audu Grema coordinates development cooperation agreements with about 13 states in northern Nigeria, a region with a population of 60...

Willem Jansen

Willem Jansen is a Protestant minister presently working for Stek, voor Stad en Kerk in The Hague. Stek is a faith-inspired organization working on behalf of the local church in the midst of the (secular) city. The main focus of his work concerns...
Piet Kuijper

Piet Kuijper

Piet Kuijper is the Catholic Identity Coordinator at Cordaid, a Dutch international development organization that focuses on emergency aid and structural poverty eradication. The position, created in 2006, promotes and deepens the Catholic...
Nigussu Legesse

Nigussu Legesse

Nigussu Legesse is the World Council of Churches program executive for Africa, where he has helped coordinate the "Living Letters" initiative, which brings small ecumenical teams to areas of conflict in order to promote just peace. He previously...
Richard Marsh

Richard Marsh

Richard Marsh is the Chief Executive at the Institute for Food, Brain and Behaviour, a position he has held since October 2010. He previously worked as an independent consultant and interim CEO at Intelligent Giving during 2009-10. Until 2009...
Dele Olowu

Dele Olowu

Dr. Dele Olowu is a freelance consultant on governance and capacity development. He was formerly Professor of Administration and Local Government in Nigeria and has taught and conducted research in numerous other countries, including the...
John Padwick

John Padwick

Now living in the UK, John Padwick spent forty years in Kenya as a missionary of the Church Mission Society (Anglican) and at his retirement in May 2010 was the Director of the Centre for Communication, Research, and Reflection at the Nairobi...

Elly Urban

Elly Urban is the program coordinator for education at Prisma, a development organisation formed by evangelical and reformed churches in the Netherlands. With Prisma since 2008, Urban's work focuses on an education-focused collaboration with...
Lisette van der Wel

Lisette van der Wel

Lisette van der Wel is a Dutch anthropologist and theologian with special interest in the interface of religion and development, currently serving as a policy advisor for Religion and Development in the Interchurch Organisation for Development...