Faith-Inspired Organizations and Global Development: A Background Review "Mapping" Social and Economic Development Work in South and Central Asia
January 9, 2011
This report focuses on the diverse array of development activities
involving faith-inspired organizations. Its primary focus is by
country, for South and Central Asia respectively; the two regions
are very distinct but interconnected in significant and very relevant
ways. The aim is to increase awareness of the important and
widespread work being done, and to help catalyze efforts to bridge
gaps in policy and coordination. The overall goal is to increase
development effectiveness, bringing into the picture important
areas of unaccounted for and unacknowledged work. The report served as the background for a January 10-11, 2011 consultation, held in Dhaka, that convened scholars and practitioners for a discussion on the role of faith-inspired practitioners and organizations on issues of global development and equity in South and Central Asia.
is based largely on desk reviews of existing material and literature,
enriched by interviews with specialists and practitioners, and the
outcomes of the January 2011 Dhaka consultation. The review’s fairly limited
range of investigation limits the scope for broad generalizations.
It builds on the most comprehensive body of literature on the
intersection of religion and development, produced under
the recently concluded University of Birmingham Research
Programme on Religions and Development (see appendix 2).
This initiative is part of the 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.