AT THE CENTER
Faith-Inspired Development Work: Lessons Learned and Next Steps (Keynote by John Bryson Chane) (Full Screen)
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. These resources 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 which emanate from other parts of the world to address poverty in the region; but 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 with this critical branch. 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.