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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
The faith and development nexus is both a promising new focus for secular
development agencies and a historic reality: for centuries, world faiths and
individuals inspired by their faith have played many roles in social change and
social welfare. Secular development agencies have largely operated in parallel
to the world of faith-motivated development. The World Bank began in the late
1990s to explore ways in which faith and development are connected. The issue
was not and is not about religion, but about the recognition that some of the
best experts on development are faith leaders living and working in poor
communities, where strong ties and moral authority give them unique experience
and insight. The World Bank's goal is to act as a catalyst and convenor,
bringing together development practitioners to find common ground, understand
one another's efforts, and explore differences. Development and Faith explores
and highlights promising partnerships in the world between secular and faith
development entities. It recounts the evolving history of relationships between
faith and secular development institutions. It focuses on the Millennium
Development Goals as a common framework for action and an opportunity for new
forms of collaboration and partnership.