Special Issue | Religion and Development
With the resurgence of religion and rise of fundamentalism within major religions, academic scholars and development agencies are increasingly debating the appropriate role of religion and faith-based organisations in development policy and practice.
A global cast of scholars and practitioners examine these issues and fundamentally question the secular-religious dichotomy. They shed light on the reluctance of mainstream economic development approaches to incorporate religion into policy and practice. They examine recent initiatives by international development agencies and donors to integrate religion into development policy, and to develop partnerships with faith-based organisations.
Through research on religious movements in Brazil, South Africa, Sri Lanka, China, Turkey and the states of the ‘Arab Spring’, the authors discuss whether faith and religion provide a credible alternative to the (neo)liberal democratic development agenda. Original infographics are included to illustrate the discussed issues.
- Moncef Kartas, Researcher, Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP), Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva.
- Kalinga Tudor Silva Senior Professor of Sociology, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka