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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:


Policy Brief February 3, 2023

China’s Religious Diplomacy for Its Belt and Road Initiative

Authored by Dr. Juyan Zhang, this Transatlantic Policy Network on Religion and Diplomacy policy brief analyzes China’s religious diplomacy surrounding its Belt and Road Initiative, an interagency effort that serves multiple goals ranging from image cultivation to diplomatic engagement.


April 6, 2023

Prioritizing Vulnerable Communities in Global Finance (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 0 minutes

March 20, 2023

Religious Dimensions of Forced Migration (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 3 minutes

December 15, 2022

Interreligious Perspectives on Peace and Development: A Conversation with Jeffrey Sachs (Video)

Duration: 24 minutes

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