Faith-Based International Development Work: A Review
AbstractIn the wake of the Faith-Based Initiative in the USA, substantial research has resulted in an increased awareness of religious congregations and faith-based organizations as welfare service providers. The next frontier appears to be the role of religious organizations in international social and economic development, a topic that only recently started to attract academic interest. In this paper, we review available literature on the role that religious, or faith-based, organizations play in international social and economic development. We also provide results from our own study of USA international NGOs1 that are faith-based. We divide the paper into the positive contributions of faith-based international NGOs and the drawbacks of these NGOs. We find that faith-based nonprofits constitute almost 60 percent of USA-based international development organizations, and their contribution to international social development is quite considerable. We conclude with a call for further research and nuanced understanding of the role religion plays in international development. View Full-Text
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Heist, D.; Cnaan, R.A. Faith-Based International Development Work: A Review. Religions 2016, 7, 19.
Heist D, Cnaan RA. Faith-Based International Development Work: A Review. Religions. 2016; 7(3):19.Chicago/Turabian Style
Heist, Dan; Cnaan, Ram A. 2016. "Faith-Based International Development Work: A Review." Religions 7, no. 3: 19.
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