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Religions 2016, 7(3), 19; doi:10.3390/rel7030019

Faith-Based International Development Work: A Review

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School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania, 3815 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19104-6214, USA
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School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania, 3701 Locust Walk, Caster Building, Room D-20, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6214, USA
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Academic Editor: Robert Wineburg
Received: 10 December 2015 / Revised: 14 February 2016 / Accepted: 15 February 2016 / Published: 25 February 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religion, Welfare and Social Service Provision: Common Ground)
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In 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
Keywords: international development; international social and economic development; religious community; faith based organizations; faith-based NGOs; humanitarian work international development; international social and economic development; religious community; faith based organizations; faith-based NGOs; humanitarian work
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Heist, D.; Cnaan, R.A. Faith-Based International Development Work: A Review. Religions 2016, 7, 19.

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