Event Summary: Mapping Religion and Development
November 1, 2016
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.
The Berkley Center and WFDD hosted a capstone event composed of three distinct sessions: a small “working circle” to review the project and offer feedback, a roundtable workshop to discuss the roles religion plays in four key development sectors (gender, health, education, and peace and conflict), and a panel discussion reflecting on the roles of religions institutions and beliefs in approaching the challenges of modernization and development. This publication summarizes those discussions.