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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.
WFDD seeks to hire one full-time and two part-time positions to work specifically on religion and development in Senegal. These positions will include research on family health and family planning, as well as the role of religion in broader development topics. The full-time position will include travel to Senegal. Candidates with French or Arabic language skills are strongly encouraged to apply.
On April 28, WFDD, the Berkley Center, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, and others will host an event which will explore how faith has been a motivator for social entrepreneurs and how faith communities can better employ entrepreneurial methods to achieve social aims.
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.
WFDD and the Berkley Center are commissioning a series of “think pieces” to explore the intersection of women, religion and the family. A diverse group of specialists from various countries and religious traditions will be asked to reflect on their personal experiences at the intersection of women, religion, and the family.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Katherine Marshall offers daily reports from this year's Fes Forum on "A New Andalusia: Local Solutions for Global Disorder."
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.
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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.
WFDD Fellow Laura Hodges reports on an interfaith workshop hosted by the Jesuit Service Cambodia in Siem Reap during World Interfaith Harmony Week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
> 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WFDD Fellow Laura Hodges searches for a meditation community, exploring various options in Phnom Pehn, Cambodia.
Cambodia Fellow Jenny Cimagilia visits Chea Sim University of Kampucheamar in Prey Veng and discusses its changing relationship with transcendental meditation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Recent interviews with monks, priests, and NGO leaders posted regularly.
"The temple is the place for the beginning of change." -Venerable Hoeurn Somnieng, Life and Hope Association
"We are teaching communities, not giving handouts. We carry only books and pens, not rice." -Prom Pauv, TASK
In an unprecedented effort to âmapâ 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.
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.
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.
In January 2011, in Bangladesh, Georgetown Universityâs 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.
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.
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.
On December 14-15, 2009, Georgetown Universityâs 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 âmappingâ exercises.
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).
On January 30-31, 2009, the World Faiths Development Dialogue, Georgetown Universityâs 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.
Workshop on Global Development with Faith-Inspired 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: http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/georgetown/2008/06/planting_churches_in_the_hague.html
Christian-Muslim Dialogue on Climate Change with Delegations from the National Association of Evangelicals and the Kingdom of Morocco
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 âCreation Care,â 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 Bankâs 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 Marshallâs blog post on the meeting.
Read Anouar Majidâs blog post on the meeting.
Latin America & Caribbean Dialogue Series: Youth at Risk
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 âYouth 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.
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 âotherâ 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.
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.
> 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 Bankâs goal is to act as a catalyst and convenor, bringing together development practitioners to find common ground, understand one anotherâs efforts, and explore differences.
Development and Faithexplores 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.
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 Womenâs 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 Womenâs 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.