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April 28, 2014
Religion and Social Entrepreneurship: What's Faith Got to Do With It?

March 6, 2014
Screening and Discussion: Mani, The Hidden Valley of Happiness at a Crossroads

February 12, 2014
Faith and Women’s Role in Community and Family Health in Africa

February 10, 2014
"Faith and International Family Planning" Report Launch

January 26, 2014
Workshop on Global Development and Institutions Inspired by Faith in Bangladesh

December 16, 2013
Consultation on Religion in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States: A Focus on the Rohingya in Myanmar and Bangladesh

October 10, 2013
Faith Communities’ Promise Renewed: Ending Preventable Child Deaths, Supporting Mothers

August 7, 2013
Faith and Education in Cambodia Meeting

June 16, 2013
Ahimsa Round Table: Global Health and Faith-Based Communities

April 23, 2013
Faith Efforts Against Human Trafficking in Cambodia

April 2, 2013
The Predicament of Pluralism: A Discussion with GWU President Steven Knapp

March 26, 2013
Global Institutions of Religion: Ancient Movers, Modern Shakers

February 13, 2013
The Light in Her Eyes

February 8, 2013
The Politics and Economics of Britain's Foreign Aid: The Pergau Dam Affair

November 4, 2012
When War Meets Faith: Discussing "Our Class" at Theater J

October 12, 2012
Norway Takes God Seriously

October 2, 2012
Faith in Action: Empowering the Poor to Reach Universal Energy Access

July 25, 2012
Reverend Gideon Byamugisha: HIV and AIDS, Youth, and the Church

May 17, 2012
Joint Religious Leadership Coordination for the G8 and G20 Summits

April 17, 2012
Ian Linden on Global Health and Africa

March 22, 2012
The Rise of Islamist Parties in the New Middle East

February 29, 2012
A Shinto Response to the March 2011 Disasters in Japan

January 5, 2012
Women's Religious Peacebuilding Symposium

November 16, 2011
An International Interfaith Dialogue on a Shared Response to the Environmental Crisis

November 14, 2011
Development in Cambodia: A Mosaic of Faith Engagement

November 7, 2011
Faith-Inspired Development Work: Lessons Learned and Next Steps

September 15, 2011
The New Republic of South Sudan - Primary Challenges, Paths to Development

June 15, 2011
Faith and Maternal Mortality

May 26, 2011
Faith and Agriculture in Ghana

May 2, 2011
Lord George Carey Marks the 10th Anniversary of WFDD

July 8, 2010
An Exchange on Women's Roles for Peace: Is Religion a Source of Strength or an Obstacle?

June 27, 2008
Religious Leaders Summit


> Fes Forum and Festival of World Sacred Music


Since 2007, Katherine Marshall has offered reflections from her participation as a panelist and co-moderator in the Fes Forum—an integral part of the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music held annually in Fes, Morocco. Over the course of several days, participants discuss key topics associated with the central theme. Blog posts and other content produced by Katherine can be found here.

updated on: June 17, 2014

> Women, Religion, and the Family


WFDD and the Berkley Center have collaborated with a group of scholars, activists, faith and community leaders, and development practitioners to produce an original series of “think pieces” to explore the intersection of women, religion, and the family. This collection highlights topics or areas of interest that are often neglected, overlooked or misunderstood by religious leaders, scholars, development practitioners, policymakers, activists and/or the media.

updated on: June 2, 2014

> A Discussion with Emad Rahim, Assistant Dean of Business at Strayer University


Emad Rahim is a speaker, educator and entrepreneur. He was born in the killing fields of Cambodia, and was brought to America by his mother. Raised in the poorest neighborhoods of Brooklyn and Upstate New York, he faced economic hardship, abuse, and a learning disability, eventually overcoming these hurdles to convert to Islam and become an entrepreneur. In describing his life, Rahim notes the strong commitments he retains to Islam and the strength his faith has given him to serve and inspire those in his surrounding community, his family in Cambodia, and especially young people.

updated on: April 28, 2014

> Buddhism and Forest Conservation in Southeast Asia


Buddhist monks are among the most visible advocates for the preservation of the once sprawling forests of Southeast Asia, participating in acts of protest such as tree ordination and somewhat less controversially managing community forests. While certainly not a mainstream faction, the influence of the environmental movement is growing among Buddhist monastics. With forest destruction and degradation increasing at an alarming rate, it will be important to consider the role these monastics are playing in crafting a new vision of development in their countries.

updated on: April 22, 2014

> Religion and Social Entrepreneurship: What's Faith Got to Do With It?


On April 28, WFDD, the Berkley Center, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, and others hosted over 60 people at the Advisory Board Company for an event which explored how faith has been a motivator for social entrepreneurs and how faith communities can better employ entrepreneurial methods to achieve social aims.

updated on: April 15, 2014

> Towards More Active and Effective Engagement With Faith Communities and Organizations


As part of the annual Civil Society Policy Forum at the IMF/World Bank Group Spring Meetings, the World Bank will be hosting a Roundtable Policy Session on how to facilitate more active and effective engagement with faith communities and organizations. Experts from academia, policy and practice will seed the discussion with brief background framings of key data, efforts and initiatives relating to various aspects of faith engagement in development. Katherine Marshall will be a featured panelist.

updated on: April 10, 2014

> Faith and Women's Role in Community and Family Health in Africa


Karen Sichinga of the Churches Health Association of Zambia (CHAZ) and Professor Myriam Vuckovic of Georgetown University’s Department of International Health discussed their work in the field of public health, with a particular focus on the roles of women and faith institutions.

updated on: February 12, 2014

> "Faith and International Family Planning" Launch Event


World Faiths Development Dialogue launched the report “Faith and International Family Planning,” on February 10, 2014, to an audience of over 60 people. The launch featured a panel of international development and health practitioners who responded to the report’s findings and discussed the roles faith actors play in providing family planning, as well as the challenges they face.

updated on: February 10, 2014

> Workshop on Global Development and Institutions Inspired by Faith in Bangladesh


This workshop brought together a group of academic researchers and development practitioners who have interests in the intersections of international development, culture, and religion in Bangladesh. The consultation was part of a broader research program underway at the Berkley Center and WFDD. Supported by the Henry R. Luce Foundation, among others, it involves a three-year investigation of religion and development in four countries, including Bangladesh. This work builds on a program of “mapping” religious dimensions of development, and on country-level research in Cambodia.

updated on: January 26, 2014

> Publication of "Reducing Maternal Mortality in Cambodia: Faith Dimensions"


This report is WFDD's first to focus on the public health sector in Cambodia, and explores the complex linkages between faith and efforts to reduce the country’s high maternal mortality rates. It was published on January 17, 2014.

updated on: January 17, 2014

> Faith Communities’ Promise Renewed: Ending Preventable Child Deaths, Supporting Mothers


WFDD's October 10 conference focused on the "10 Promises to Our Children" initiative, facilitating collaboration between faith communities, governments, and development organizations with child and mother focused programs.

updated on: October 10, 2013

> Interfaith Ideals in Action


Katherine Marshall and Chris Riley explain how Habitat for Humanity's interfaith pilot project could provide a potent paradigm for interfaith cooperation in the development sphere.

response | House-building and Hope-building
related | pilot project interviews

updated on: August 20, 2013

> World Sports Values Summit for Peace


The summit in Tokyo, July 17-19, is bringing young leaders, athletes, and experts together for discussions about the values that the world of sport can advance. Watch the summit live from Japan.

updated on: July 17, 2013

> Katherine Marshall Reports Daily from the Fes Forum


Katherine Marshall offers daily reports from this year's Fes Forum on "A New Andalusia: Local Solutions for Global Disorder."

updated on: June 11, 2013

> A Fes Aperitif: Searching for Balance


Katherine Marshall, writing from the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music, examines how an event that combines appreciation of the arts and intellectual discussion can play a role in breaking through barriers of intolerance and misunderstanding.

related | blogs from the 2012 Fes Festival

updated on: June 7, 2013

> Providing Relief by Need, Not Creed: A Discussion with Carolyn Woo


Dr. Carolyn Woo, president of Catholic Relief Services, speaks with Katherine Marshall about how her upbringing in post-war Hong Kong, education in a Maryknoll school, witnessing of female leadership, and deeply held Catholic faith have all marked her approach to life and development. She also discusses the strengths that business can bring to development, provided that it is guided by clear moral values.

updated on: May 7, 2013

> Act Justly, Love Tenderly, Walk Humbly: Working for World Interfaith Harmony


WFDD Fellow Laura Hodges reports on an interfaith workshop hosted by the Jesuit Service Cambodia in Siem Reap during World Interfaith Harmony Week.

updated on: April 23, 2013

> First Look: Faith and Environmental Action in Cambodia


In celebration of Earth Day 2013, this report by WFDD represents a preliminary exploration of faith-inspired environmental initiatives in Cambodia. Environmental issues, especially deforestation, are becoming more visible in Cambodia and are a focus of considerable international concern and attention because Cambodia sits on some of the world's hotspots for biological diversity and because of mounting concerns about forest cutting.

updated on: April 23, 2013

> Faith Efforts Against Human Trafficking in Cambodia


Cambodia is a global hotspot for human trafficking and offers a remarkable case study for the contentious social and political complexities surrounding the issue. On April 23, 2013, Mark Lagon, Susan Martin, Jeremy Floyd, and Katherine Marshall will explore current faith efforts against trafficking in Cambodia within the broader context of debates and partnerships around poverty and equity.

updated on: April 3, 2013

> Faith and the WASH Agenda


Katherine Marshall examines how faith groups can help in building partnerships that deliver water, sanitation, and hygiene services to the developing world.

related | Engaging Faith in the Global Water Challenge
resource | Water and Sanitation

updated on: March 21, 2013

> The Predicament of Pluralism: A Discussion with Steven Knapp


Pluralism has its costs. Attempts to break down barriers between religion, philosophy, and science pose challenges especially for secular universities. Dr. Steven Knapp, president and professor of English at the George Washington University, will lead a discussion on these issues as they relate to his recent book, The Predicament of Belief: Science, Philosophy, and Faith.

updated on: March 21, 2013

> Confronting Tensions, Real and Imagined, and Realizing Potentials


Katherine Marshall, in a post for the Women's Liberty Bell blog, argues that no topic is as important for both development and religion as relations between women and men. Reflecting on her experiences over a long career at the intersections of religion and gender, she discusses moving forward in fighting domestic violence, investing in children, and expanding female voices and influence.

updated on: March 20, 2013

> WFDD Spring 2013 Newsletter


Click here to view the latest news from the World Faiths Development Dialogue.

updated on: March 7, 2013

> Northern Ireland - A Fragile Peace in the Shadow of a Complex Past


What is the current situation in the "new" Northern Ireland? Power-sharing? A tribal carving up of power? Political, mostly benign apartheid versus a united government? On April 8, WFDD and BC will host Michael McDowell and David Little to discuss the recent developments in Northern Ireland in light of historical circumstances and current tensions between the Catholic and Protestant communities.

updated on: March 5, 2013

> Phnom Pehn Prepares a Final Farewell: Part II


WFDD Fellow Laura Hodges follows up on her last blog post with continued observations of Phnom Penh as the city and its people mourn King Sihanouk. In this post, Laura talks with people on the ground about perceptions of the king, the future of Buddhism in Cambodia, and concerns for political divisions ahead.

updated on: March 4, 2013

> Niwano Peace Prize Awarded to the Right Reverend Dr. Gunnar Stålsett


The Niwano Peace Foundation will award the thirtieth Niwano Peace Prize to the Right Reverend Dr. Gunnar Stålsett, Bishop Emeritus of Oslo in the Church of Norway. The prize recognizes Bishop Stålsett's extraordinary and persistent work for peace and reconciliation in many countries through interfaith work. As Bishop of Oslo, General Secretary of various Lutheran entities, and a domestic and international advocate on behalf of the Norwegian parliament and royal family, Bishop Stålsett has organized inter-religious collaboration against conflicts in South Africa, Namibia, Iraq, Sri Lanka, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Palestine, and Israel. Among various humanitarian and diplomatic efforts, he has also engaged in campaigns against land mines, HIV and AIDS, and arms and nuclear proliferation.

Bishop Stålsett will receive the award, along with a medal and twenty million yen, at a presentation ceremony in Tokyo on May 16, 2013.

updated on: February 27, 2013

> Faith in Action: Empowering the Poor to Reach Universal Energy Access


This report produced by WFDD and the United Nations Foundation (UNF) highlights the roles of faith-inspired actors in eliminating energy poverty worldwide and emphasizes the need for a unique, more coordinated faith-inspired approach. Drawing from a background paper circulated among the participants of the October 2, 2012 workshop, "Faith in Action: Empowering the Poor to Reach Universal Energy Access," this final version has been updated with their comments, along with workshop findings and conclusions.

updated on: February 26, 2013

> Phnom Penh Prepares a Final Farewell


Cambodia Fellow Laura Hodges reports from Phnom Pehn on the continued national mourning for the former King Norodom Sihanouk on the 100th day since his death. She describes preparations for an upcoming mourning ceremony as citizens, monks, and foreign leaders pour into the city. Laura anticipates the significance of the event in the wider national reconciliation process in post-Khmer Rouge years and will follow up in an upcoming post.

updated on: February 1, 2013

> The Light in Her Eyes


The Berkley Center and World Faiths Development Dialogue will host a film screening of the feature documentary The Light in Her Eyes, introduced by filmmakers Julia Meltzer and Laura Nix. Shot before the uprising in Syria, the film offers an extraordinary portrait of a leader who challenges the women of her community to live according to Islam without giving up their dreams.

updated on: January 29, 2013

> Building on Faith: Habitat for Humanity's Interfaith Toolkit


A joint initiative between BC/WFDD and Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) assesses an interfaith toolkit pilot project implemented by Tom Jones, Ambassador-at-Large and Senior Leadership Team member of HFHI. The toolkit engages local community interfaith groups in HFHI efforts to provide adequate shelter for all in order to end poverty. Case studies will be drawn from six HFHI affiliates through qualitative, interview-based research.

updated on: December 11, 2012

> Faith Roles in Cambodia's Efforts to Counter Trafficking in Persons


Cambodia has gained considerable international publicity over the issue of human trafficking and a variety of religious groups have played important roles in working on the ground and giving international prominence to the cause. This fourth WFDD report on development and faith in Cambodia highlights current faith-inspired efforts and initiatives to counter trafficking in persons, and sets these efforts within the broader, global context of debates and partnerships about poverty, equity, and faith. It highlights three central challenges at the nexus of faith and development: coordination, proselytizing, and gender issues.

updated on: November 21, 2012

> Buddhism in Cambodia


Samdech Preah Abhisiri Sugandha, great supreme patriarch of the Dhammayut Order of Cambodia, reflects on the role of religion, especially Buddhism, in Cambodia’s development. He says that all religions share certain common insights and goals.

updated on: November 12, 2012

> Katherine Marshall Interviewed on Social Networking and Development


Nhat Vuong of i-kufi interviewed Katherine Marshall on November 3, 2012 to discover more about her long career with organizations including the World Bank, the Niwano Peace Prize, the Opus Prize, and World Faiths Development Dialogue and the role of social networking and crowdfunding in development work.

updated on: November 3, 2012

> A Discussion with Ven. Dr. Phramaha Boonchuay Doojai


The Venerable Dr. Phramaha Boonchuay Doojai spoke with Katherine Marshall in October in Tokyo, where both were participating in the Niwano Peace Prize International Selection committee. Dr. Doojai focused on how his groundbreaking work with interfaith networks on HIV and AIDS began and developed over the years. He stressed his commitment to interfaith approaches, which have yielded good results in Thailand and elsewhere. He also reflected on contemporary issues including the roles of Buddhist nuns, work to improve women’s lives, addressing the trafficking of persons, and family planning.

updated on: October 23, 2012

> Nourishing Spirit, Nourishing Nation: Feasts for the living and the dead at the Pchum Ben Festival


As the Pchum Ben Festival comes to a close, Cambodia Fellow Laura Hodges reflects on this feast for the dead in lieu of the death of King Sihanouk, as the nation recalls painful memories of a Cambodia lost but in the process of regrowth.

updated on: October 23, 2012

> Religion and Development in Norway


Jørn Lemvik, secretary general of Digni, explains the role of religion in Norway and its impact on development work financed by the government. While efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals led to a more open approach to religion, he says recent changes in Oslo raise questions about future approaches.

updated on: October 18, 2012

> Reincarnating Knowledge: Training the Lay Buddhist Priesthood of Khmer Achars in Cambodia


Cambodia Fellow Laura Hodges shares her observations of a training session in Phnom Penh for lay monks, "Khmer Achars," and explores the significance of these figures in preserving and spreading Cambodia's Buddhist traditions.

updated on: October 9, 2012

> The Grassroots Games: Mountain Bike Racing at Wat Phnom Cheal Pagoda


WFDD Fellow Laura Hodges reports on mountain bike races at a Cambodian pagoda and its personal relevance as her home nation hosts the 2012 Olympic Games.

updated on: August 16, 2012

> Niwano Peace Prize Winner Rosalina Tuyuc Velasquez Celebrated in Guatamala


Katherine Marshall writes as Chair of the International Selection Committee for the Niwano Peace Prize about recipient Rosalina Tuyuc Velasquez as she returns home to in Guatemala where national celebrations and discussions of her work follow the May 10 prize ceremony in Tokyo.

updated on: August 14, 2012

> When the City Sits Still: Meditation Communities in Phnom Penh


WFDD Fellow Laura Hodges searches for a meditation community, exploring various options in Phnom Pehn, Cambodia.

updated on: August 10, 2012

> A Higher Education: Transcendental Meditation at Chea Sim University of Kampucheamar


Cambodia Fellow Jenny Cimagilia visits Chea Sim University of Kampucheamar in Prey Veng and discusses its changing relationship with transcendental meditation.

updated on: August 9, 2012

> Delicious Spirituality: the Spirit Houses of a Phnom Penh Ice Cream Parlour


Cambodia Fellow Laura Hodges describes her visit to an ice cream parlour in Phnom Penh where ornate, traditional spirit houses greet and protect employees and customers.

updated on: August 6, 2012

> Empowering Pagodas: Meeting on Buddhism and Development in Cambodia


On July 31, 2012, WFDD hosted a day-long conference in Phnom Penh to present the report on "Buddhism and Development: Communities in Cambodia Working as Partners." Fellows Laura Hodges and Jennifer Cimaglia presented on the practical and spiritual roles of Theravada Buddhist pagodas.

updated on: July 31, 2012

> A Crisis of Finance, or a Crisis of Civilization?


Katherine Marshall writes from the final day of the Fes Forum on the nature of the crises of injustice and inequality, juxtaposing their relation to the modern financial crisis and capitalism against the more metaphysical historical evils of man while also considering the realist and idealistic approaches towards solutions.

updated on: June 12, 2012

> Blessed Buzzwords: Defining Ethical Business


Katherine Marshall writes from the Fes Forum on spirituality and enterprise, exploring the ethical challenges faced by business leaders in seeking moderation and balance while offering to "give a soul" to business jargon by returning to the spiritual and valued connotations at their roots.

updated on: June 11, 2012

> Is the Arab Spring the spring or the winter of Islamism?


Katherine Marshall writes from the Fes Forum, highlighting Day 2's events and discussion, this time centered on the Arab Spring. She describes the important questions surrounding the role of religion, women, and the authentic changes occurring in Arab identities.

updated on: June 10, 2012

> Verse Versus Violence in Evaluating Poetic Power


Katherine Marshall writes from the Fes Forum, "Recapturing Global Enchantment in the World," blogging on the daily highlights and themes of discussion. Day 1, inspired by the theme, "The Poet and the City," centered on the value of poetry, art, and culture, and the power they possess to address the immense challenges that face the world.

updated on: June 9, 2012

> WFDD Fellow in Cambodia Blogs: "Business as Mission in Phnom Penh"


WFDD Fellow in Cambodia, Jenny Cimaglia, surveys three faith-inspired social enterprise cafes in Phnom Penh, highlighting the challenges they face as well as the ways in which they express their faith for the purposes of social change in their community.

updated on: June 6, 2012

> WFDD Fellow in Cambodia Blogs: "Politics, Pagodas, and Community"


WFDD Fellow in Cambodia, Laura Hodges, reflects on the role of Buddhism in the 2012 elections, describing the interdependence of the community and the pagoda, as well as the political dynamics at work in both.

updated on: June 6, 2012

> New Report: Faith and Immunization


This report examines the links between faith and immunization, aiming to stimulate brainstorming on how faith-inspired organizations - many of which are already highly involved with immunization in poor countries - could help to introduce new vaccines.

updated on: June 4, 2012

> New Publication: Women, Religion, and Peace Interview Series


An important facet of the two-year investigation into women, religion, and peacebuilding, undertaken by the Berkley Center, United States Institute for Peace (USIP), and WFDD, this publication is an ongoing series of interviews with practitioners and scholars engaged in the field.

updated on: May 9, 2012

> Olympic Values Essay Competition


Win a trip to London! Worldwide Support for Development (WSD), WFDD, and Georgetown University are co-supporting an online essay competition on Olympic Values in today's world. The competition is designed to spark a global online conversation in advance of the Olympic Values Symposium to be convened in London by Lord Colin Moynihan, Chair of the British Olympic Association (BOA), from June 29-July 1.

updated on: May 9, 2012

> New Meeting Report: Faith and Immunizations


On January 25, 2012, the WFDD and Berkley Center hosted a consultation to discuss how faith-inspired organizations can be strategically engaged in the provision, administration, distribution, and advocacy of immunization. This meeting report summarizes the discussion that emerged among the small group of development practitioners, policymakers, and faith leaders engaged or interested in immunization or children's health.

updated on: April 30, 2012

> New Meeting Report: Women, Religion, and Peace


On January 5-6, 2012, the United States Institute for Peace (USIP), Berkley Center, and WFDD organized a second symposium on women's religious peacebuilding at USIP headquarters in Washington, DC. This meeting report captures the main themes that emerged over the two-day event, highlighting the presented case studies, key questions, and recommendations.

updated on: April 30, 2012

> Bishop Alvaro Ramazzini named 2012 Tanenbaum Finalist for Religious Peacebuilding


One of nine finalists nominated for Tanenbaum's "Peacemakers in Action" prize, Bishop Alvaro Ramazzini, of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Marco, Guatemala, is a long-time advocate for social justice for Guatemala's poorest citizens. For his reflections on the challenges facing contemporary Guatemala, especially its marginalized indigenous population, see WFDD's interview with him here.

updated on: April 17, 2012

> New Report: Global Health and Africa


Commissioned by the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, this review takes extensive stock of what is known and what is not about the health work that faith-inspired organizations do, with a particular focus on Africa. It aims to fill these gaps in knowledge and research, as well as to contribute to formulating future research agendas. In addition to a full report, WFDD has also prepared a separate executive summary and background report to present the context in which this paper emerges and provide supporting research.

updated on: April 17, 2012

> WFDD Fellow in Cambodia blogs: "The Dhammayietra (Part 2)"


WFDD Fellow in Cambodia, Laura Hodges, writes the second installment of this two-part blog series, focusing on the personal stories of the monks, nuns, volunteers, and other people she encountered on her two-day journey on this 135-kilometer peace walk. In doing so, she sheds light on the struggles that face many in Cambodia, in the aftermath of war and in the midst of the global economic crisis.

updated on: March 30, 2012

> WFDD Fellow in Cambodia blogs: "The Dhammayietra (Part 1)"


WFDD Fellow in Cambodia, Jenny Cimaglia, writes the first entry of a two-part series on the Dhammayietra peace walk. She describes her experiences joining the walk for two days, giving a brief history of this 135-kilometer journey to the Cambodia-Thailand border, as well as a glimpse into the lives of the monks and laypeople who seek to spread the five Buddhist precepts, along with patience, compassion, and understanding, throughout the war-scarred, border region.

updated on: March 27, 2012

> New Report: Water and Faith


Prepared jointly by the Berkley Center and WFDD, this report reviews the roles that faith-inspired leaders, communities, and organizations play in worldwide efforts to assure universal access to clean water and sanitation. It aims to inform policymakers and practitioners about the "state of play" and suggest areas where action is both desirable and feasible. It also traces a future research agenda, including an annotated bibliography for select resources useful for future investigations.

updated on: March 22, 2012

> WFDD Fellow in Cambodia blogs: "Pagoda at the heart of local debate"


WFDD Fellow in Cambodia, Laura Hodges, blogs on the challenges facing the Buddhist pagoda, Wat Sampeau Moi Roi, in Bokor National Park, as it sits at the center of casino and hotel development plans. Issues of economic development and environmental conservation are discussed, as well as the actual and potential roles of the monks to act in the interests of the community.

updated on: March 20, 2012

> New Cambodia Report: "Buddhism and Development"


Drawing upon primary research carried out in Cambodia by WFDD research fellows, this report is the third in a series of WFDD exploratory reviews of the numerous connections between faith and development in Cambodia. It sets out to explore how Buddhist beliefs and traditions, central to Cambodia's national ethos, apply in practice and how Buddhist and development actors have partnered effectively on shared priorities.

updated on: March 13, 2012

> New interview with Lord Carey discusses his longstanding commitment to international development


In this exchange with Katherine Marshall, Lord Carey reflected on his longstanding interest in international development, his role in these matters during his tenure as Archbishop of Canterbury, and his vision and the history of his role as a founder of WFDD.

updated on: February 4, 2012

> WFDD Fellow in Cambodia blogs: Alternative Forms of "Religion" and "Development"


On February 2, 2012, WFDD fellow in Cambodia, Jennifer Cimaglia, had a discussion with Kosal Khiev on issues of faith, the arts, and development in Cambodia. The conversation shed light on how youth in Cambodia are facing and discovering present developments in the country, while also understanding the country's tumultuous past, "in order to thrive and to survive."

updated on: February 2, 2012

> Katherine Marshall speaks on gender and religious issues at Arizona State University


On January 30, 2012, Katherine Marshall was invited to give the annual Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Speaker on Religion and Conflict lecture at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. The lecture was entitled, “Taking Women and Religion Seriously: Intersecting Paths.”

updated on: January 30, 2012

> An Interfaith Dialogue on a Shared Response to the Environmental Crisis: Meeting Report


On November 16 the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs; World Faiths Development Dialogue; and the United States Embassy to the Holy See met via live video feed for a conference that explored the intersections of faith and the environment, with a focus on implications for policy. This meeting report summarizes key themes and suggested next steps that emerged from the dialogue.

updated on: November 16, 2011

> New Draft Report on Faith-Inspired Development Work: Lessons Learned and Next Steps


This draft summary report was part of the preparations for the November 7, 2011 "capstone" conference at Georgetown University, Faith-Inspired Development - Lessons Learned and Next Steps: Appraising the Luce/SFS Program on Religion and Global Development. A finalized version incorporating participant comments will be available shortly.

updated on: November 7, 2011

> New Report on Faith-Inspired Organizations and Development in South and Central Asia


On January 10-11, 2011, Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and the World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD), in partnership with the BRAC Development Institute at BRAC University, convened a two-day consultation on the role of faith-inspired practitioners and organizations on issues of global development and equity in South and Central Asia. This meeting report highlights the major issues that emerged during the two days of discussion.

updated on: August 1, 2011

> New Report on Faith-Inspired Organizations and Development in Cambodia


In an unprecedented effort to âœmap❠the extraordinary array of faith-inspired development work and ideas in one country, WFDD has published a report on the multi-faceted role that religion plays in the development of Cambodia, based on 12 months of in-country research. This report is part of WFDD's ongoing Cambodia Project.

updated on: December 17, 2010

> Profiles in Religious Courage: WFDD series on Huffington Post


In partnership with The Huffington Post, WFDD launches Profiles in Religious Courage, a series of conversations with activists working for development and peace and drawing their inspiration from their faith. Subjects include Ruth Messinger, Sister Joan Chittister, and Gunnar Stalsett. Conversations are adapted from interviews led by Katherine Marshall as part of our Practitioners and Faith-Inspired Development program.

updated on: December 15, 2010

> Dispatch from Cambodia: Indigenous rights to address economic wrongs


WFDD Cambodia Fellow Nathaniel Adams blogs from the Indigenous Peoples Forum in Phnom Penh, where members of indigenous minorities lamented government and commercial appropriation of lands they hold spiritually significant.

updated on: December 7, 2010

> Berkely Center Launches Webpage for South and Central Asia Consultation


In January 2011, in Bangladesh, Georgetown Universityâ™s Berkley Center and the World Faiths Development Dialogue will convene a two-day consultation on the role of faith-inspired practitioners and organizations on issues of global development and equity in South and Central Asia.

updated on: September 17, 2010

> WFDD Publishes Report on Intersection of Faith and Tuberculosis


In partnership with the Berkley Center, WFDD has published a report surveying the contributions of faith-inspired organizations to the global fight against tuberculosis and suggesting ways to increase their participation and effectiveness.

updated on: September 14, 2010

> WFDD Convenes Symposium on Women, Religion, and Peace

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On July 7-8, 2010, the World Faiths Development Dialogue, the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, and United States Institute of Peace convened over thirty development practitioners, scholars, and policy-makers met in Washington, D.C. to initiate a conversation about the ways in which women inspired by or linked to religion create and maintain peace.

updated on: July 10, 2010

> Workshop on Faith-Inspired Development Work in Southeast Asia


On December 14-15, 2009, Georgetown Universityâ™s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and the World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD) convened a two-day consultation on the role of faith-inspired practitioners and organizations on issues of global development and equity in Southeast Asia. It was the fifth in a series of such regionally focused âœmapping❠exercises.

updated on: January 22, 2010

> Interview with Michiel Hardon of 3iG


A discussion with Michiel Hardon , a recent retiree from World Council of Churches, director for income monitoring and founding director of 3iG (International Interfaith Investment Group).

updated on: May 6, 2009

> WFDD sponsors seminar on religion and development in Latin America


On January 30-31, 2009, the World Faiths Development Dialogue, Georgetown Universityâ™s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted a consultation in Antigua, Guatemala on the role of faith-inspired organizations in responding to development challenges in Latin America. The meeting brought together practitioners, religious leaders from a range of faith traditions, and academics to review major issues facing the region.

updated on: January 14, 2009

> Hague Conference on Faith Organizations in Africa and Europe


Workshop on Global Development with Faith-Inspired Organizations in Africa and Europe

June 24-25, 2008

Institute for Social Science, the Hague, Netherlands

Convened by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University, the Institute for Social Sciences, and the World Faiths Development Dialogue

This workshop brought together a group of engaged practitioners and researchers who have an active interest in the intersections between religion and international development. Their purpose was to take stock of the wide range of ongoing work by different organizations that are, in varying ways, inspired by religious faith, but more important, to explore the policy implications that emerge from their interactions with development organizations.

The specific focus of the workshop was on emerging challenges, including differing 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. Particular emphasis was given to the issues surrounding post-conflict and the role of local faith communities in delivering social services.

Read Katherine Marshall's blog post about the meeting:

updated on: June 28, 2008

> Moroccan Muslims and U.S. Evangelicals Discuss Climate Change


Christian-Muslim Dialogue on Climate Change with Delegations from the National Association of Evangelicals and the Kingdom of Morocco

June 19, 2008

The World Bank, Washington, DC

Delegations from the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) and the Kingdom of Morocco, including the Moroccan Ambassador to the United States, met at the World Bank for a day-long discussion centering on the topic of climate change and âœCreation Care,❠or religiously-inspired care for the environment. The World Bank was asked to one day of the three-day dialogue because of its technical expertise on climate change and its long-standing commitment to development and faith partnerships. After several informative presentations by the Bankâ™s climate experts, a number of the American and Moroccan delegates spoke about their work on climate change issues and the importance of protecting the environment in their respective faith traditions.

The dialogue was rich and engaging, and the group grappled both with issues of how to interest more people in climate change issues and how to think about possible partnership in the future, given common ground and motivations and also the diversity of religious tradition and culture. Participants were struck with the candor and authenticity of the dialogue, the quality of the presentations on all sides, and the earnest desire to work together. Subsequent collaboration emerging from this conference is likely to include media and communication efforts to build broader support for work on climate change, as well as continuing meetings, the next most likely in Morocco. Commitments were also made to broaden the dialogue to include a wider set of faith and interfaith communities in the United States and the Muslim world on issues of climate change.

Read the WFDD report on the meeting.

Read Katherine Marshallâ™s blog post on the meeting.

Read Anouar Majidâ™s blog post on the meeting.

updated on: June 20, 2008

> Latin America & Caribbean Faith Leaders Discuss Youth at Risk and Remittances


Latin America & Caribbean Dialogue Series: Youth at Risk

June 5th, 2008

The World Bank, Washington, DC

Faith leaders from Guatemala, El Salvador, Peru, and Costa Rica joined experts at the World Bank by teleconference to discuss the issue of youth at risk. This dialogue is the first in a dialogue series resulting from the encounter between the World Conference of Religions for Peace (WCRP), IMF, IADB, and the World Bank in 2007. The session included a presentation from Wendy Cunningham (Labor Economist at the World Bank) on her study âœYouth at Risk in Latin America and the Caribbeanâ, comments from faith leaders on this study, and the experiences of faith leaders in working with at-risk youth.

The dialogue showed that faith communities are frequently key actors in generating approaches to youth development and in delivering services on the ground, especially when government policies were inadequate. Four themes were interwoven throughout the dialogue: perceptions of at-risk youth, youth and violence, educating youth, and faith communities as advocates for youth. Throughout the session, faith leaders advocated empowering youth to become protagonists in their own development and adding a human dimension to the work in development that traditionally focuses on economic aspects. Overall, the dialogue facilitated better understanding of the issue for both parties and encourages future collaboration and conversation.

Latin America & Caribbean Dialogue Series: Remittances and Migration

June 12th, 2008

The World Bank, Washington, DC

Faith leaders from Guatemala, El Salvador, Peru, and Costa Rica joined experts at the World Bank by teleconference to discuss the impact of remittances and migration on development. This is the second dialogue in the series initiated by the encounter of the World Bank, IMF, and IADB and the Latin American delegation from the World Conference of Religions for Peace (WCRP) 2007. The dialogue began with a presentation of a World Bank study on remittances and migration, which examined the positive and negative effects of remittances and concluded that the net effect is positive.

The conversation then turned to the faith leaders. Emergent from the discussion are the following themes: the need to explore the social and cultural impact of remittances in addition to the economic consequences, the importance of faith based organizations in mitigating the negative effects of migration, and the need to address the underlying problems that cause migration, such as the lack of opportunity in the home country. Throughout the dialogue, faith leaders emphasized maximizing the benefits of remittances for the whole country and adding a human dimension to development. Overall, the meeting affirmed the need to further investigate the multifarious consequences of remittances and to continue the dialogue between faith communities and the World Bank.

updated on: June 11, 2008

> World Economic Forum and Georgetown University Release Report on West-Islam Dialogue


The World Economic Forum and Georgetown University published a new report entitled Islam and the West: Annual Report on the State of Dialogue. This first-of-its-kind report is a systematic and thorough overview of how Muslim and Western societies perceive and relate to each other at the political, social, economic, and cultural levels.

The main topic areas addressed in the report are international politics; citizenship and integration; religion, ethics, and ideology; education and intercultural understanding; and economic and social development. The report includes the Gallup Muslim-West Dialogue Index, which tracks global perceptions of the state of the dialogue, as well as media content analysis by Media Tenor International, which analyzes coverage of the Muslim and Western âœother❠in newspapers and television around the world.

Read the report Islam and the West: Annual Report on the State of Dialogue here. Read the Executive Summary here. Access the Muslim-West Dialogue Survey here. See further resources here.

updated on: January 21, 2008

> Doha Conference Examines Role of Faith Organizations in the Muslim World


Symposium on Global Development and Faith-Inspired Organizations in the Muslim World

December 17, 2007

Georgetown School of Foreign Service in Doha, Qatar

Co-sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and the Georgetown Center for International and Regional Studies, School of Foreign Service in Qatar

Major issues of focus at the Doha meeting included building better knowledge of institutional arrangements and trends in Muslim majority developing countries; exploring relationships among public, private, and religiously inspired actors; financing issues, including the new landscape post September 11, 2001; and approaches to leading issues such as children, education, health, and gender. The review focused on how emerging institutions in the Muslim world, especially those with explicit faith links, are approaching issues of social and economic development.

updated on: January 10, 2008

> Katherine Marshall and Marisa Van Saanen Release New Book, Development and Faith: When Mind, Heart, and Soul Work Together


Katherine Marshall, Executive Director of the World Faiths Development Dialogue, and Marisa Van Saanen, Faith Liason at the World Bank, released a new book entitled Development and Faith: When Mind, Heart, and Soul Work Together in June 2007.

The book highlights the faith and development nexus, which is both a promising new focus for secular development agencies and a historic reality: for centuries, world faiths and individuals inspired by their faith have played many roles in social change and social welfare. Secular development agencies have largely operated in parallel to the world of faith-motivated development. The World Bank began in the late 1990s to explore ways in which faith and development are connected. The issue was not and is not about religion, but about the recognition that some of the best experts on development are faith leaders living and working in poor communities, where strong ties and moral authority give them unique experience and insight. The World Bankâ™s goal is to act as a catalyst and convenor, bringing together development practitioners to find common ground, understand one anotherâ™s efforts, and explore differences.

Development and Faith

explores and highlights promising partnerships in the world between secular and faith development entities. It recounts the evolving history of relationships between faith and secular development institutions. It focuses on the Millennium Development Goals as a common framework for action and an opportunity for new forms of collaboration and partnership.

updated on: January 9, 2008

> WFDD Welcomes Six New Trustees


The World Faiths Development Dialogue welcomes six new trustees to its Board: Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Dr. John J. DeGioia, Rt. Rev. Bishop John Chane, Count Giovanni Auletta, Sir Timothy Lankester, and Ms. Jacqueline Ogega. The decision was approved at the October 30, 2007 meeting of the Board of Trustees.

His Eminence Theodore Cardinal McCarrick was installed as Catholic Archbishop of Washington in January 2001 and elevated to the College of Cardinals by Pope John Paul II the next month. As Cardinal, he has visited many nations as a human rights advocate and in 2000 the president of the United States presented him with the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights.

Dr. John J. DeGioia was selected as president of Georgetown University in July 2001. During his tenure, he has been committed to faith-inspired dialogue and pioneered new ways for universities to engage with religious institutions in developing countries.

The Right Reverend John Bryson Chane, D.D., was consecrated as the Eighth Bishop of Washington in June 2002. Throughout his tenure, Rev. Chane has been active in projects addressing low-income housing needs, public education reform, poverty, and health care reform issues.

Count Giovanni Auletta is a well-known philanthropist and a successful businessman and banker in Italy. In 1996, he founded the Giovanni Armenise-Harvard Foundation, which aims to establish multidisciplinary research to support leading scientists at Harvard Medical School and at prominent scientific institutions in Italy.

Sir Timothy Lankester is President of Corpus Christi College, Oxford University. Previously, he was Director of the School of Oriental and African Studies in the University of London. He is also Chairman of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and is the UK Governor for the Asia-Europe Foundation.

Ms. Jacqueline Ogega is the Director of the Womenâ™s Program at the World Conference of Religions for Peace. She has extensive experience in gender, peace-building and development programming. Prior to her current position, she served as the African Womenâ™s Project Director at Religions for Peace in Africa, where she established the African Women of Faith Network, a fundamental infrastructure for building multi-religious cooperation for action in Africa.

updated on: January 9, 2008