The Berkley Center's Religion and Global Development program, in close collaboration with the World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD), tracks the engagement of religious communities and faith-inspired organizations around global policy challenges and brings together stakeholders to examine best practices and advance collaboration.
Since its inception in 2006, with the support of the Henry R. Luce Foundation, the program has hosted 6 global workshops; produced 28 reports; and conducted more 200 interviews. It is led by Center Senior Fellow Katherine Marshall, who also serves as the executive director of WFDD.
Faith and Global Development Consultation and Policy Briefs The Berkley Center and World Faiths Development Dialogue have developed a series of policy briefs that examine the role of faith-based organizations and topics including: corruption, the WASH agenda, human trafficking in Cambodia, Southeast Asia, aid effectiveness, immunization, and reducing maternal mortality. The briefs distill key findings from reports and consultations carried out during the first five years of the Religion and Global Development program. Comments and suggestions on the documents are welcome as the program looks toward the next phase of its work. Please contact Katherine Marshall: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Habitat for Humanity Interfaith Pilot Project The Berkley Center and World Faiths Development Dialogue collaborated with Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) on a year-long project to assess their interfaith toolkit pilot project.The toolkit, prepared in conjunction with an earlier Berkley Center collaboration, aims to engage local community interfaith groups in HFHI efforts to provide adequate shelter for all. The pilot project aimed to test the toolkit's effectiveness as a component of the HFHI community outreach strategy.
The assessment examined the use of the toolkit by six US HFHI affiliates through qualitative, interview-based research that examined three key activities over a one-year period: recruitment of an interfaith unit, putting faith into action, and creating sustainable interfaith advocacy. WFDD and the Berkley Center worked closely with affiliates to develop an in-depth case study report evaluating the toolkit's effectiveness and prospects for sustainability and expansion. Key findings from the case study and evaluation process will be made available in the coming months, and these findings will also be used to update the toolkit. In addition, WFDD and the Berkley Center are implementing a survey to glean further insights and lessons. Overall, the pilot project showed that the use of interfaith engagement in the context of HFHI's well-established approach to shelter provision has the potential to expand the reach and impact of its work.
Opus Prize The Opus Prize recognizes unsung heroes of any faith tradition, anywhere in the world, solving today’s most persistent social problems. Given annually, this $1 million faith-based humanitarian award and awards for the other finalists are collectively one of the world’s largest faith-based, humanitarian awards for social innovation. Recipients are selected on the basis of their entrepreneurial spirit and abiding faith to address global issues like poverty, illiteracy, hunger, disease, and injustice.
Practitioners and Faith-Inspired Development "What is the role of faith in your work?" This series of more than 200 interviews, made possible through the support of the Henry R. Luce Foundation, asks this fundamental question of leaders in the development field. The assembled in-depth conversations with activists and policy specialists examine best practices and collaborative strategies across a range of contemporary challenges, including HIV/AIDS, malaria, education, governance, and gender.
Religion and Global Development Capstone Conference Interview Series In preparation for the November 2011 capstone to reflect on the first phase of the Religion and Global Development project, the Berkley Center and the World Faiths Development Dialogue conducted a series of focused interviews with practitioners and scholars working at the forefront of policy and practice at the intersection of faith and development. As the 2015 Millennium Development Goals deadline approaches, the interview series explores how the efforts of faith-inspired actors can best be harnessed to craft effective policy looking in the years ahead.
Women, Religion, and Peace: Experience, Perspectives, and Policy Implications Scholars and practitioners have devoted increasing attention to the roles played by faith communities in negotiating and building peace in the world's conflict zones. Because formal religious leadership tends to be dominated by men, women's engagement in religious peacemaking has received far less attention. To address this knowledge gap, the US Institute of Peace, the Berkley Center, and the World Faiths Development Dialogue are conducting a multiyear exploration of the activities and perspectives of women in peacebuilding and their policy implications.
Women's Rights, Religion, and the Family The relationship between women’s rights, religion, and the family is sharply contested around the world. Through research, publications, events, and online resources, the Berkley Center and the World Faiths Development Dialogue are building a knowledge base and promoting constructive and sustained engagement among religious communities and governments, international organizations, and secular NGOs working at the intersection of gender, development, and human rights.
Olympic Values: History, Dilemmas, and Opportunities The ethical and values challenges that underlie the Olympic Movement are explored in this series of interviews with leading practitioners. The interviews highlight historical dimensions and contemporary dilemmas such as nationalism versus the universality and the effects of commercial interests. The series also explores the significance of the Paralympics and Special Olympics, the unexploited potential of the Olympic Truce, and the intersection of religion with the Olympic Movement.
Religion and Global Development Issues Survey The Berkley Center and World Faiths Development Dialogue are conducting a multi-year survey of critical issues at the intersection of religion and development. Project publications and associated events track the engagement of faith-inspired organizations around a set of core policy challenges, with an emphasis on common problems, ethical commitments, and best practices. Thus far the project has addressed HIV/AIDs, Gender, Shelter, Governance, Malaria, Tuberculosis, Water and Sanitation, and Maternal Mortality.
Global Mapping of Faith-Inspired Organizations and Development The Berkley Center and the World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD) are mapping the activities of faith-inspired organizations across world regions. Through a series of reports, in-depth interviews with practitioners, and international workshops, and an interactive database, the mapping project charts organizations anchored in particular faith traditions or with ecumenical or interfaith approaches that are engaged in global development agendas, including poverty relief, education, and the struggle against HIV/AIDS and malaria.