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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:


Report May 17, 2021

2021 Strategic Note on Religion & Diplomacy

The 2021 Strategic Note on Religion & Diplomacy highlights key recent developments pertaining to the religious dimensions of major topics in foreign policy, offering a brief analysis of how religion fits into the picture and how religion may affect future developments.


April 28, 2021

Compassion, Commitment, and Innovation (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 50 minutes

April 26, 2021

River Missionaries, Deforestation, and COVID-19 (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 1 minutes

April 10, 2021

Symposium Leadership Advisory Closing Remarks and Next Steps (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 42 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.