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Development and Faith: Where Mind, Heart, and Soul Work by Katherine Marshall

By Katherine Marshall

The religion and improvement nexus is either a promising new concentration for secular improvement organizations and a ancient fact: for hundreds of years, international faiths and contributors encouraged by way of their religion have performed many jobs in social switch and social welfare. Secular improvement corporations have mostly operated in parallel to the realm of faith-motivated improvement. the area financial institution all started within the overdue Nineteen Nineties to discover ways that religion and improvement are hooked up. the difficulty was once no longer and isn't approximately faith, yet concerning the attractiveness that the very best specialists on improvement are religion leaders residing and dealing in bad groups, the place robust ties and ethical authority supply them detailed event and perception. the area Bank's objective is to behave as a catalyst and convenor, bringing jointly improvement practitioners to discover universal flooring, comprehend one another's efforts, and discover transformations.

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Thus different parties fight fiercely for the moral high ground, and positions become polarized, perceptions drown out facts, and emotions run high. Dialogue is often totally blocked because of the perceived force 44 • Part I: Partners on Millennium Challenges of the respective moral principles. The irony is that passionate advocates often share powerful and common concerns about the need to offer care to poor people and communities, including women who lack any prospect of asserting a meaningful notion of rights.

This overview also highlights the intersections between the poverty and social justice work of many faith organizations, and the countless links between faith and development work. Chapter 3 turns to HIV/AIDS. The global battle against this pandemic has sparked dialogue, capacity building, and creative partnerships that highlight the vital role of faith and faith institutions more graphically than any other issue within the MDG framework. Chapters 4 and 5 recount faith-based collaborations on other global health challenges, including malaria.

Part IV focuses on societies in conflict, where faith communities play major roles in forging peace, preventing further conflict, encouraging reconciliation, and rebuilding torn societies. In selecting these case studies, our primary purpose has been to make an extensive but poorly understood body of experience more accessible. 11 The book’s fundamental goal is to enable the resulting ideas and experience to shed light on best practices, and thus to improve policies and programs so that they yield better and more lasting results.

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