This event occurred on April 16th, 2007
Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs
The Symposium on Faith-Inspired Organizations and Global Development Policy: U.S. and International Perspectives featured leading representatives of faith-based NGOs as well as policy analysts. The discussion centered around the themes of public support mobilization, collaboration with national governments and international institutions, and policy implementation on the ground.
The symposium placed a strong emphasis on US-based NGOs that interact with national governments and international organizations across a range of issue areas, including education, health care, gender, humanitarian relief, microfinance, and the environment. Panelists explored the specific tensions that exist around ethical and practical considerations that must be taken by faith-based NGOs. The symposium's participants were in agreement that these types of organizations must consider how to maintain a proper relationship with public authorities and must be sensitive to the nature of the connection they draw between faith, poverty, and social justice.
Panel: Framing the Discussion
How Faith-Based Organizations are Involved in Development Work Today
CHAIR: Katherine Marshall, Senior Fellow, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Georgetown
Hady Amr, Brookings Institution, Doha Center
David Beckmann, Bread for the World
William O'Keefe, Catholic Relief Services Director of Advocacy
Steven Weir, Habitat for Humanity International
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