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

April 28, 2014

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

March 6, 2014

Faith and Women’s Role in Community and Family Health in Africa

February 12, 2014

"Faith and International Family Planning" Report Launch

February 10, 2014

Workshop on Global Development and Institutions Inspired by Faith in Bangladesh

January 26, 2014

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

December 16, 2013

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

October 10, 2013

Faith and Education in Cambodia Meeting

August 7, 2013

Ahimsa Round Table: Global Health and Faith-Based Communities

June 16, 2013

Faith Efforts Against Human Trafficking in Cambodia

April 23, 2013

The Predicament of Pluralism: A Discussion with GWU President Steven Knapp

April 2, 2013

Global Institutions of Religion: Ancient Movers, Modern Shakers

March 26, 2013

The Light in Her Eyes

February 13, 2013

The Politics and Economics of Britain's Foreign Aid: The Pergau Dam Affair

February 8, 2013

When War Meets Faith: Discussing "Our Class" at Theater J

November 4, 2012

Norway Takes God Seriously

October 12, 2012

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

October 2, 2012

Reverend Gideon Byamugisha: HIV and AIDS, Youth, and the Church

July 25, 2012

Joint Religious Leadership Coordination for the G8 and G20 Summits

May 17, 2012

Ian Linden on Global Health and Africa

April 17, 2012

The Rise of Islamist Parties in the New Middle East

March 22, 2012

A Shinto Response to the March 2011 Disasters in Japan

February 29, 2012

Women's Religious Peacebuilding Symposium

January 5, 2012

An International Interfaith Dialogue on a Shared Response to the Environmental Crisis

November 16, 2011

Development in Cambodia: A Mosaic of Faith Engagement

November 14, 2011

Faith-Inspired Development Work: Lessons Learned and Next Steps

November 7, 2011

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

September 15, 2011

Faith and Maternal Mortality

June 15, 2011

Faith and Agriculture in Ghana

May 26, 2011

Lord George Carey Marks the 10th Anniversary of WFDD

May 2, 2011

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

July 8, 2010

Religious Leaders Summit

June 27, 2008


Faith and International Family Planning

February 10, 2014

Faith and International Family Planning - Policy Brief

February 10, 2014

Reducing Maternal Mortality in Cambodia: Faith Dimensions

January 17, 2014

Faith Communities' Promise Renewed: Ending Preventable Child Deaths and Supporting Mothers

December 1, 2013

Working for Peace: The Inspiration of Sport

August 15, 2013

Health in Africa and Faith Communities: What Do We Need to Know?

June 18, 2013

Malaria and Faith: Building Strong Partnerships

June 12, 2013

First Look: Faith and Environmental Action in Cambodia

April 22, 2013

Global Institutions of Religion: Ancient Movers, Modern Shakers

February 28, 2013

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

February 20, 2013

Faith and the WASH Agenda

January 22, 2013

Corruption: Ten Ideas to Enhance Religious Engagement in Global Integrity Movements

January 18, 2013

Human Trafficking: Faith in Action in Cambodia

January 15, 2013

Aid Effectiveness and Faith-Inspired Organizations

January 11, 2013

Engaging Faith Communities in Southeast Asia: An Issues and Priority Agenda

January 8, 2013

Engaging Faith Communities on Immunization: What Next?

January 4, 2013

Reducing Maternal Mortality: Roles for Faith-Linked Institutions and Communities

January 1, 2013

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

October 15, 2012

Faith and Energy Access Meeting Report

October 2, 2012

WFDD Newsletter: Summer 2012

August 8, 2012

Reverend Gideon Byamugisha: "HIV and AIDS, Youth, and the Church" Meeting Report

July 27, 2012

Faith & Immunization: Past, Present and Potential Roles of Faith-Inspired Organizations

May 1, 2012

Female Genital Cutting: Cultural, Religious, and Human Rights Dimensions of a Complex Development Issue

April 15, 2012

Global Health and Africa: Assessing Faith Work and Research Priorities

April 12, 2012

Water and Faith: Rights, Pragmatic Demands, and an Ethical Lens

March 1, 2012

Women, Religion, and Peace Interview Series

February 29, 2012

WFDD Newsletter: Winter/Spring 2012

February 9, 2012

Buddhism and Development: Communities in Cambodia Working as Partners

January 23, 2012

"Women, Religion, and Peace: Exploring Experience, Probing Complexity" Meeting Report

January 6, 2012

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

January 1, 2012

"Faith-Inspired Development Work: Lessons Learned and Next Steps" Meeting Report

January 1, 2012

Reducing Maternal Mortality: Actual and Potential Roles for Faith-linked Institutions and Communities

November 10, 2011

"The New Republic of South Sudan - Primary Challenges, Paths to Development" Meeting Report

September 15, 2011

WFDD Newsletter: Fall 2011

September 6, 2011

Indigenous Spirituality in Cambodia: Implications for Development Programming

September 1, 2011

Faith Roles in Water and Sanitation Challenges: Meeting Report

June 15, 2011

Global Development and Faith-Inspired Organizations in South and Central Asia - Meeting Report

June 1, 2011

Faith and Agriculture in Ghana: Implications for Development Programming

May 1, 2011

Women in Religious Peacebuilding

May 1, 2011

Faith-Inspired Organizations and Development in Cambodia

December 9, 2010

Experiences and Issues at the Intersection of Faith and Tuberculosis

July 16, 2010

Women, Religion, and Peace: Meeting Report

July 8, 2010

WFDD Newsletter: Spring 2010

May 19, 2010

A Common Ground: Probing Partnerships between Indigenous Rights, Environmental Protection and Catholic Movements in Honduras and Guatemala

July 31, 2009

Tokombéré: A Project for Human Development Founded on Faith

June 20, 2003

Cultures, Spirituality & Development

August 22, 2001

WFDD Programs & Projects

The World Faiths Development Dialogue and the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs collaborate on numerous initiatives under the aegis of the Religion and Global Development Program. Led by Katherine Marshall and supported by the Luce/SFS Program on Religion and International Affairs, the program tracks the engagement of religious communities around global policy challenges and brings together stakeholders to examine best practices and advance collaboration.

ReligionandglobaldevelopmentReligion and Global Development

The Berkley Center's Religion and Global Development program, in close collaboration with the <a href="/wfdd"><span class='gublue'>World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD)</span></a>, tracks the engagement of religious communities and faith-inspired organizations around global policy challenges and brings together stakeholders to examine best practices and advance collaboration. Since its inception in 2006, with the support of the Henry R. Luce Foundation, the program has hosted 6 global workshops; produced 28 reports; and conducted more 200 interviews. It is led by Center Senior Fellow Katherine Marshall, who also serves as the executive director of WFDD.

Opus Prize

The Opus Prize recognizes unsung heroes of any faith tradition, anywhere in the world, solving today’s most persistent social problems. Given annually, this $1 million faith-based humanitarian award and awards for the other finalists are collectively one of the world’s largest faith-based, humanitarian awards for social innovation. Recipients are selected on the basis of their entrepreneurial spirit and abiding faith to address global issues like poverty, illiteracy, hunger, disease, and injustice.

ReligionandglobaldevelopmentvisionFaith and Global Development Consultation and Policy Briefs

The Berkley Center and World Faiths Development Dialogue have developed a series of policy briefs that examine the role of faith-based organizations and topics including: corruption, the WASH agenda, human trafficking in Cambodia, Southeast Asia, aid effectiveness, immunization, and reducing maternal mortality. The briefs distill key findings from reports and consultations carried out during the first five years of the Religion and Global Development program. Comments and suggestions on the documents are welcome as the program looks toward the next phase of its work. Please contact Katherine Marshall:

Hfhi_interfaithHabitat for Humanity Interfaith Pilot Project

The Berkley Center and World Faiths Development Dialogue collaborated with Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) on a year-long project to assess their interfaith toolkit pilot project.The toolkit, prepared in conjunction with an earlier Berkley Center collaboration, aims to engage local community interfaith groups in HFHI efforts to provide adequate shelter for all. The pilot project aimed to test the toolkit's effectiveness as a component of the HFHI community outreach strategy.

The assessment examined the use of the toolkit by six US HFHI affiliates through qualitative, interview-based research that examined three key activities over a one-year period: recruitment of an interfaith unit, putting faith into action, and creating sustainable interfaith advocacy. WFDD and the Berkley Center worked closely with affiliates to develop an in-depth case study report evaluating the toolkit's effectiveness and prospects for sustainability and expansion. Key findings from the case study and evaluation process will be made available in the coming months, and these findings will also be used to update the toolkit. In addition, WFDD and the Berkley Center are implementing a survey to glean further insights and lessons. Overall, the pilot project showed that the use of interfaith engagement in the context of HFHI's well-established approach to shelter provision has the potential to expand the reach and impact of its work.

EnergyaccessbulbFaith in Action: Empowering the Poor to Reach Universal Energy Access

Access to safe and reliable sources of modern energy is crucial for achieving sustainable and equitable development for the world's poorest (and often energy deprived) citizens. Without electricity, students have no light for studying at night, hospitals cannot store lifesaving vaccines, and irrigation systems cannot sustain drought-stricken regions. Burning traditional fuels like kerosene and biomass types like wood and manure emit deadly fumes, pose fire hazards, and contribute to environmental degradation. Yet, these are often the most available and widely used energy sources in poor communities, in part because many poor people live far from power grids or lack the resources to pay for electricity. This often neglected priority issue raises a series of questions: Who are the actors working to achieve access to safe, reliable, and sustainable energy? What are the latest and best practices and ideas on how to get there? How can we improve coordination in the spirit of the United Nations Secretary General's call to reach universal energy access by 2030?

WFDD, in partnership with the United Nations Foundation, launched an exploration into the intersections of faith and energy access, both to begin to map the landscape of actors and to highlight their current approaches. The energy access challenge is large but not insurmountable, and engaging faith-inspired actors has the potential to both expand the reach and increase the effectiveness of current and future initiatives.

WomensrightsreligionfamilyWomen, Religion, and the Family

Women and girls are today a centerpiece of international development. But will increased access to education, employment, health care, decision making, and leadership truly bring change to female lives within the home and family? Amidst complex, shifting social norms, religion plays an important role because it can shape gender dynamics within families and society. However, religion’s impact on the family is often overlooked or poorly understood. To better understand the nexus of women, religion, and the family, the Berkley Center and the World Faiths Development Dialogue have launched an initial exploration through diverse essays and interviews. In collaboration with a group of scholars, activists, faith and community leaders, and development practitioners, this collection of work begins to examine challenging topics and puzzling patterns that are often overlooked, neglected, or misunderstood. A related series of events will be held beginning in Fall 2014. Email Crystal Corman at with comments. The Women, Religion, and the Family project is made possible through the generosity of Mary Jo Gwin Wiese, C'82, G'84.

Olympic Values: History, Dilemmas, and Opportunities

The ethical and values challenges that underlie the Olympic Movement are explored in this series of interviews with leading practitioners. The interviews highlight historical dimensions and contemporary dilemmas such as nationalism versus the universality and the effects of commercial interests. The series also explores the significance of the Paralympics and Special Olympics, the unexploited potential of the Olympic Truce, and the intersection of religion with the Olympic Movement.

ReligionglobaldevelopmentcapstoneconferenceinterviewseriesReligion and Global Development Capstone Conference Interview Series

In preparation for the November 2011 capstone to reflect on the first phase of the Religion and Global Development project, the Berkley Center and the World Faiths Development Dialogue conducted a series of focused interviews with practitioners and scholars working at the forefront of policy and practice at the intersection of faith and development. As the 2015 Millennium Development Goals deadline approaches, the interview series explores how the efforts of faith-inspired actors can best be harnessed to craft effective policy looking in the years ahead.

FaithdevelopmentcambodiainterviewseriesFaith and Development in Cambodia Interview Series

In conjunction with WFDD's investigation into the links between faith and development in Cambodia, the Berkley Center is spotlighting interviews conducted in Cambodia with the goal of increasing understanding of faith-inspired development work, and of identifying issues and challenges that could be addressed in order to further progress towards development goals.

For more information on WFDD's ongoing research into the role religion plays in Cambodia, see

WomenreligionpeaceexperienceperspectivespolicyimplicationsWomen, Religion, and Peace: Experience, Perspectives, and Policy Implications

Scholars and practitioners have devoted increasing attention to the roles played by faith communities in negotiating and building peace in the world's conflict zones. Because formal religious leadership tends to be dominated by men, women's engagement in religious peacemaking has received far less attention. To address this knowledge gap, the US Institute of Peace, the Berkley Center, and the World Faiths Development Dialogue are conducting a multiyear exploration of the activities and perspectives of women in peacebuilding and their policy implications.

WomenreligionpeacebuildingeventPractitioners and Faith-Inspired Development

"What is the role of faith in your work?" This series of more than 200 interviews, made possible through the support of the Henry R. Luce Foundation, asks this fundamental question of leaders in the development field. The assembled in-depth conversations with activists and policy specialists examine best practices and collaborative strategies across a range of contemporary challenges, including HIV/AIDS, malaria, education, governance, and gender.

Religion and Global Development Issues Survey

The Berkley Center and World Faiths Development Dialogue are conducting a multi-year survey of critical issues at the intersection of religion and development. Project publications and associated events track the engagement of faith-inspired organizations around a set of core policy challenges, with an emphasis on common problems, ethical commitments, and best practices. Thus far the project has addressed HIV/AIDs, Gender, Shelter, Governance, Malaria, Tuberculosis, Water and Sanitation, and Maternal Mortality.

GlobalmappingoffaithinspiredGlobal Mapping of Faith-Inspired Organizations and Development

The Berkley Center and the World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD) are mapping the activities of faith-inspired organizations across world regions. Through a series of reports, in-depth interviews with practitioners, and international workshops, and an interactive database, the mapping project charts organizations anchored in particular faith traditions or with ecumenical or interfaith approaches that are engaged in global development agendas, including poverty relief, education, and the struggle against HIV/AIDS and malaria.