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Religion and Development

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Religious communities and faith-inspired organizations around the globe play an important role in the world's most pressing development issues. These resources examine how these actors and groups offer aid on the front lines of crises and shape and influence their societies in fundamental ways that must be understood to implement effective development policies and practices.

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Katherine Marshall

Senior Fellow
Walsh School of Foreign Service, Executive Director of the World Faiths Development Dialogue

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Project Spotlight


Discover the firsthand experiences of faith leaders, activists, and peacebuilding practitioners working on issues ranging from development and education to conflict resolution and foreign policy.

For over a decade, Berkley Center scholars and students have been conducting interviews with individuals working at the intersection of religion and world affairs. These discussions offer unique insights into the inner workings of a wide spectrum of professions touched by religion with interviewees ranging from the highest levels of leadership of international organizations to on-the-ground practitioners. Explore individual interviews here or follow links to our interview collections below:


Abstract October 8, 2020

Religious Responses to COVID-19

This poster overviews the "Religious Responses to COVID-19" project, which explores the ways in which religious communities and faith-inspired organizations contribute—both positively and negatively—to the coronavirus crisis and response.


October 22, 2020

Rev. Augusto Zampini on the role religious communities play during the COVID-19 crisis (Video)

Duration: 2 minutes

October 22, 2020

Rev. Augusto Zampini on the social and health effects of the COVID-19 crisis (Video)

Duration: 2 minutes

September 10, 2020

Dueling Pandemics: Faith, HIV, and COVID-19 (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 1 minutes

Blog Posts

Current and Past Projects

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Country Mapping: Senegal

This project explored Senegal’s current landscape in order to inform policies and understand the roles that religious communities have played both in promoting and discouraging development efforts.