How do religious institutions and beliefs approach the challenges of modernization and development? And how do religious and secular actors engage on the relevant policies and programs? The Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and the World Faiths Development Dialogue are completing a three-year research project that has explored the complex ways religious institutions and practices intersect with efforts to advance international development and peace in four countries: Bangladesh, Senegal, Kenya, and Guatemala. The goals are to enhance mutual understanding, identify obstacles and knowledge gaps, and look for opportunities to engage in partnerships that promise to improve the quality of development interventions.
This capstone event highlighted findings from research in the four countries and explored cross-country comparisons for various development sectors. The event began with a reception. Opening remarks from the project leader, Katherine Marshall, began at 6:00 p.m., followed by a discussion with panelists.