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Asif Ali Zardari on the True Teachings of Islam in His Address to Pakistan on the Eve of New Hijra Year 1430
December 29, 2008
Let us pledge on this new Hijra year that we will lead our lives by following the true and great teachings of Islam. Islam...
Manmohan Singh on Extremism as a Threat to Development at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
January 15, 2008
Perhaps the greatest danger to our development comes from extremism of all types, whether in the garb of religion or on the...
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Launching Peace Talks Between India and Pakistan
November 17, 2004
I have extended a hand of friendship to Pakistan. Our doors are open to everyone who wants to talk to me calmly. My mind is...


Religion and Governance in a Secular State
May 9, 2011
Held in New Delhi, India, and cosponsored by the Amity Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and the International Center for...
Workshop on Global Development and Institutions Inspired by Faith in South and Central Asia
January 10, 2011
As part of its global mapping of faith-inspired organizations in development work sponsored by the Luce/SFS Program on...
Religion, Peace and Development Student Roundtable: Afghanistan and Pakistan
December 3, 2010
This student discussion explored the ways religion and interreligious communities can be forces to bring peace and...
Researching Religions and Development: A UK Project for Comparative Research on Religion, Politics and Governance
August 31, 2010
In her August 31 lecture, Carole Rakodi outlined the findings from a five-year collaborative research project funded by the...
Engaging Madrasas: Three Voices from Pakistan
February 3, 2009
The panel discussion on "Engaging Madrasas: Three Voices from Pakistan" discussed efforts to counter extremism by engaging...
Religion, Social Exclusion and Development
January 22, 2008
This public seminar examined religiously influenced social inclusion and exclusion as it affects development, with an...
Women and "Faith-Based Development": Mixing Morality and Money
September 21, 2007
This conference explored the oft-ignored nexus of development, gender, and religion. The keynote speech by Ursula King...
Islam, Constitutions, and Durable Democracy: The Cases Of Iraq and Afghanistan
September 11, 2007
"Islam, Constitutions and Durable Democracy: The Cases of Iraq & Afghanistan" focused on the fragile democratic experiments...
Ethnic and Religious Militancy and the New World Order: Hindu Nationalism, Islamism, and Regionalism
April 4, 2007
The Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars' Asia Program hosted an event to examine issues of ethnic and religious...
Rethinking Religion and Globalization: The Transnational Sathya Sai Movement
March 27, 2007
Tulasi Srinivas used the example of the little known but successful contemporary Hindu-Muslim Sathya Sai Movement to examine...
Interreligious Dialogue in India: Engaging Youth
March 30, 2006
Fr. Vincent Sekhar's visit to Georgetown was built around themes of interreligious dialogue, and at this event he...


South and Central Asia

Religious actors in development in South and Central Asia are vibrant and diverse, yet their contributions are scarcely grasped and rarely addressed in development literature. They are not typically considered in state and regional policy discourse. Development efforts are poorly coordinated between faith actors and between faith actors and secular development organizations. The resources on this page offer examples of some of the ongoing development work of faith-inspired actors evidenced in organizations active in the region, programs, events, and related publications. There are several transnational faith-inspired development organizations based elsewhere that address poverty in the region; there is also a number of organizations, particularly inspired by Islam and Hinduism, which were founded in the region and are now active globally. These resources seek to demonstrate the array of faith-inspired development work ongoing in South and Central Asia in order to energize engagement. They highlight a number of important initiatives but cannot be comprehensive of the activity on the ground. The resources are part of an ongoing initiative focused on religion and global development sponsored by the Luce Foundation.