Religion’s role in development cooperation

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Development talks

Religion’s role in development cooperation

Uppdaterad: 9 januari 2015

When: Thursday January 29, 2015
Time: 13.00 – 16.00 (Registration from 12.30)
Venue: Sida, Valhallavägen 199, Stockholm (Oasen)

Development Talk about Religion’s role in development cooperation.

Religion plays an important role in the lives of a majority of the people around the world. For many, it is a strong positive force in society, but it can also be an inhibitor of development or a source of conflict. How can Sida and other donors better relate to religious actors and their ability to contribute to inclusive development? What are the risks with involving faith-based organisations, and can they counteract other goals such as democracy and equality? Is there a best practice for donors? 

Understanding the role of religion in countries where Sida cooperates is crucial in order to better achieve the development goals. Traditionally, religion has not been a high profile issue within Swedish development cooperation, but there is a growing demand for clearer guidelines on how donors should deal with religion and faith-based actors of change.  

Religion’s role in development cooperation is the topic for this year’s first Development Talks, which invites you to an interesting discussion with a broad group of panelists.

Free of charge.

The registration to attend the seminar is closed.

Moderator: Susanna Wasielewski Ahlfors, Sida


12:30 Registration 

13:00 Introduction: Ms Charlotte Petri-Gornitzka, Director General, Sida. 

13:15 What role does religion play in development cooperation and how can donors best relate to faith-based organisations? 
Lessons learned, challenges and opportunities of engaging faith-based actors in international development. How can religious actors contribute to development together with donors? When should the cooperation be interrupted and when is it better to continue working together in order to reach effective development? 
Dr. Azza Karam, Senior Advisor on Culture at United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

13:40 Faith-based organisations: agents of change or holding back development?
Voices from the field on how faith-based organisations (FBO:s) can best lead to development as well as the risks and problems of involving them as aid actors. 
JP Mokgethi-Heath, priest and Health Policy Advisor on HIV and Theology at the Swedish Church. 

14:00 Translating research into policy: lessons learnt 
In order to understand the role of religion in Sida’s development coopeation and its contexts, what can we learn from research and the ways other donors work? What are the tools needed to be put in place and what are the gaps? 
Josephine Sundqvist PhD Candidate at Uppsala Religion and Society Research Centre/Uppsala University. 

14:30 Coffee and bun

14:50 Panel discussion including questions and comments from the audience
Dr. Azza Karam, JP Mokgethi-Heath, Josephine Sundqvist, Charlotta Norrby, Head of Civil Society Cooperation, Sida.

16:00 End

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