Faith-based organisations, development and the World Bank

Haynes, Jeffrey (2013) Faith-based organisations, development and the World Bank. Revue internationale de politique de développement (4). pp. 49-64. ISSN 1663-9375

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Faith-based organisations (FBOs) have increasingly become important actors in international development cooperation. Many international institutions recognise them as valuable partners and declare to have ‘mainstreamed faith’ within their own activities. But is this really the case? And how has this happened? Focusing on the activities of the World Bank in the 1995-2005 period, when, under the leadership of President James Wolfensohn and Katherine Marshall, then Head of the Bank’s development Dialogue on Values and Ethics (DDVE), the institution engaged with some selected FBOs, this chapter enquires into the reasons for the Bank’s interest in faith as well as its sudden disappearance. It argues that the main rationale for engagement with faith lay in the disappointing results of previous secular strategies and the feeling that religion had a positive role to play in fighting poverty. However, diverging perceptions of poverty and development between states and religious entities, along with lingering suspicions among state officials about dealing with faith in the public realm, derailed the collaboration.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Revue internationale de politique de développement; World Bank; Faith-based organisations; FBOs; poverty; economic development; faith
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
Department: School of Social Sciences and Professions
Depositing User: Users 5 not found.
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2015 15:30
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2021 15:29


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