I hope you are well.
Today, in one of my classes, we had a guest lecturer who talked about the role of religion in development. His presentation was about his work in El Salvador and starting a NGO. Initially, he had a negative bias towards any religious influence in development work, but then he realized that most of the locals were deeply religious. His views did not change but he realized the importance of religion in development work and that we must be respectful to each culture. It was a really interesting lecture!
I have always felt that my religion defines me and my actions. But I know it isn’t the same for everyone. So how do we approach development with or without religious agenda? Should Faith Based Organizations (FBOs) exist? Does religion have a place in development? So, I have a lot of questions which may remain unanswered for now or for a very long time, but it’s good to think about them, in order to define who you are, and what kind of development work you want to get involved with.
I know this isn’t exactly exploring in depth the issue of religion and development, but I hope it gives you something to think about
Here are some good reads:
Revisiting Religion: Development Studies Thirty Years On by SEVERINE DENEULIN CAROLE RAKODI
Till we meet again,