|The Archbishop of Canterbury and the President of the World Bank Group hosted World Faiths and Development, a dialogue with religious leaders, at Lambeth Palace, London, February 18-19, 1998.
Leaders from the following nine World Faiths, including the main traditions within the Faiths are participating: Bahai; Buddhist; Christianity; Hindu; Jains; Jewish; Muslim; Sikh and Taoist.
World Bank Group President James D. Wolfensohn recognizes religious organizations—particularly in light of the immense work role they play helping the poor—as important partners for the World Bank in its efforts to reduce poverty.
The Archbishop and Wolfensohn have issued a joint statement on what they hope to achieve in the dialogue: "We shall be exploring vital questions about the definition of what constitutes successful development" reads the statement, "bearing in mind the importance of religious, cultural, social and environmental aspects of a society's long-term well being. We shall consider together, against this background, the kind of criteria which need to be built into effective long-term development policies and projects, and how faith communities and the World Bank might work together to achieve beneficial changes in the fight against world poverty. We hope to engage all the participants in this dialogue in considering how our discussions of these issues might be further developed in future."