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Faith and Development

"This is a powerful idea—to tap the strengths of religions as development actors. Consider economics, finance and administration as disciplines that are deeply ethical at the core .... they are about poverty reduction and employment creation. A vision without a task is boring. A task without a vision is awfully frustrating. A vision with a task can change the world."

James D. Wolfensohn


The World Bank's engagement with the religious community involves three key areas:

1. Building bridges- stronger, bolder partnership: The Bank's challenge is to be more inclusive and to explore new and broad-ranging approaches. Thus, surmounting an overly narrow, segmented and sectorial focus, and rather, integrating the multifaceted and varying perspectives of all relevant stakeholders. "Dialogue" entails a willingness to listen and learn, and to be transformed by the exchange. It is an essential element in the Bank's focus on partnership and on "opening" the World Bank as an institution. Dialogue is a real effort to understand and find better ways to work in partnership.

2. A "comprehensive," "holistic," and "integrated" visions of development: In addressing our global challenges, it has increasingly been recognized that the religious communities can play a pivotal role in building bridges, contributing to change and continuity among communities, and addressing today's central development challenges.

3. The path from dialogue to practice and action: The rich and diverse group of partners associated with this dialogue, have called to for a continuation in building dialogue, but have also called for a move beyond the discourse of dialogue, and the imperative to start practicing.

To the World Bank Development Dialogue site:   click here

To the World Faith Development Dialogue site:  click here

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