WFDD Programs & Projects
The World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD) continues its country level mapping, in collaboration with GIZ, focusing on key religious and development work in five countries. The first is Nigeria. The work involves a thorough review of scholarship and available materials, focused development policy links. Outputs will include country reports, targeted issue briefs, and published interviews. The central objective is to encourage engagement with faith-inspired actors to achieve development goals.
Women and girls are today a central focus of international development. Increased access to education, employment, healthcare, decision-making, and leadership has brought change to female lives within the home and family. Amidst these shifting social norms, religion plays an important role in shaping gender dynamics within families and society, yet religion’s impact on the family is often poorly understood. To better clarify the nexus of women, religion, and the family, the Berkley Center and the World Faiths Development Dialogue are asking women and men from various faith traditions to share their experiences and opinions in the form of blogs and interviews. Initial pieces examined under-explored topics such as black Muslim motherhood and evolving definitions of family within religious traditions. During 2014 and 2015, blogs and interviews covered new themes each month including marriage, women’s leadership in faith communities, and sexual violence and health issues. An event series is ongoing.
Scholars and practitioners have devoted increasing attention to the roles played by faith communities in negotiating and building peace in the world's conflict zones. Because formal religious leadership tends to be dominated by men, women's engagement in religious peacemaking has received far less attention. To address this knowledge gap, the US Institute of Peace, the Berkley Center, and the World Faiths Development Dialogue conducted a multi-year exploration of the activities and perspectives of women in peacebuilding and their policy implications.