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4.1 | 2013
Religion and development
Religion et développement

Reflections on the Role of Religion and Faith in Development Discourse and Practice (abstract)

This article is a translation of:
Réflexions sur le rôle de la religion et de la foi dans le discours et la pratique du développement
Other translation(s):
تأملات حول دور الدين والإيمان في خطاب وممارسة التنمية
Moncef Kartas and Kalinga Tudor Silva
p. 209-219


This concluding chapter takes up issues arising from the preceding contributions to this volume, with a view towards enriching further debates and policy dialogues relating to religion and development. This chapter is divided into six sections. Following the introduction in section 1, section 2 deals with the (dis)continuities in the interaction between religion and development over an extended historical timeframe. Section 3 sheds light on the larger context of the ongoing engagements and confrontations between religion and neoliberal development. This, in turn, leads to an examination in section 4 of the role of new religious movements in conceptualizing and responding to the various existential insecurities generated by globalization. Drawing from the chapters contained in this volume and previous publications by various other authors, section 5 assesses the role of, and challenges to, faith-based organisations in reintegrating values in an increasingly materialistic world. Finally, section 6 summarises the conclusions of the essay.

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Editor's notes

Paperback reference : Kartas, M., Silva, K.T. (2013) "Reflections on the Role of Religion and Faith in Development Discourse and Practice", in International Development Policy: Religion and Development, No.4, Geneva: Graduate Institute Publications, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 209-219.


Electronic reference

Moncef Kartas and Kalinga Tudor Silva, « Reflections on the Role of Religion and Faith in Development Discourse and Practice (abstract) », International Development Policy | Revue internationale de politique de développement [Online], 4.1 |  2013, Online since 12 March 2013, connection on 21 August 2017. URL : ; DOI : 10.4000/poldev.1469

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About the authors

Moncef Kartas

Researcher at the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP) at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. Since 2007, he has taught at the University of Potsdam, University of Bethlehem, and the Graduate Institute. He has also worked for the Geneva Center on the Democratic Control of Armed Forces and as a researcher for the microfinance NGO ENDA inter-arabe (Environmental Development Action in the Third World) in the poorer neighbourhoods of Tunis. Prior to ENDA, he worked for Transparency International in Berlin.

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Kalinga Tudor Silva

Senior Professor of Sociology at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. He holds a BA from University of Peradeniya and a PhD from Monash University in Australia. He has published widely on various aspects of Sri Lankan society, including caste, poverty, class dynamics, ethnicity, health and development.

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