DDVE hosted together with the World Faiths Development Dialogue a high level meeting in July 2009 of faith and development leaders with a focus on service delivery by faith-based organizations. The following links provide key material from the meeting.
Opening remarks by Graeme Wheeler, Lord Carey, and Archbishop Mensah l Closing remarks by Katherine Marshall and Quentin Wodon
Press Release l Videos l Photo Gallery l Summary of the Meeting
The Accra meeting, which took place on July 1-2, builds on four earlier meetings hosted at Lambeth Palace in London, England in 1998, 1999, and 2002, and in Dublin, Ireland in 2005. Earlier meetings convened a wide range of faith and interfaith leaders, and sparked momentum for better coordination between the faith-based and mainstream development communities, exchanges of practices, and targeted advocacy for effective development policy and an increase in investments in development.
Co-chaired by Graeme Wheeler, World Bank Managing Director, and Lord George Carey, former Archbishop of Canterbury, the July 2009 meeting included participation from 85 faith leaders and development practitioners from 28 countries, along with senior World Bank staff and key development partners. The meeting was held in Accra, Ghana. It focused on issues related to the role of Faith-Based organizations (FBOs) and other governments as well as other partners in service delivery (among others for education and health) with a focus on fragile states. Empirical evidence suggests that in some post-conflict countries, FBOs provide a large share of the education and health services used by the population. In many instances, governments rely on FBOs in other areas or sectors as well.
As a follow up to the July 2009 meeting, DDVE is conducting a number of case studies on service delivery in conflict affected countries, with a focus on Africa (see Fragile States). Related analytical work is also underway in non-fragile states (see Service Delivery, Grass-Roots Work and Participatory Approaches and Vulnerable Groups).