Africa: How and Why Is Faith Important and Relevant for Development?

Author: Katherine Marshall

July 1, 2005

In this draft paper for Vanderbilt University's Center for the Study of Religion and Culture, Katherine Marshall explores the African religious landscape, discusses the implications of global changes in religion for Africa, and analyzes the role of religion in African development. "Africa: How and Why Is Faith Important and Relevant for Development?" fits into a wider effort by the World Bank to examine the links among religion, poverty, social service provision, and development. It ultimately recommends increased study of the impact of religion in development policy and incorporation of a faith-based dimension into country strategies.

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