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Faith Based Organizations in Development Discourses and Practice

1st Edition

Edited by Jens Koehrsen, Andreas Heuser


200 pages

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Exploring Faith-Based Organizations (FBOs) in current developmental discourses and practice, this book presents a selection of empirical in-depth case-studies of Christian FBOs and assesses the vital role credited to FBOs in current discourses on development.

Examining the engagement of FBOs with contemporary politics of development, the contributions stress the agency of FBOs in diverse contexts of development policy, both local and global. It is emphasised that FBOs constitute boundary agents and developmental entrepreneurs: they move between different discursive fields such as national and international development discourses, theological discourses, and their specific religious constituencies. By combining influxes from these different contexts, FBOs generate unique perspectives on development: they express alternative views on development, and stress particular approaches anchored in their theological social ethics.

This book should be of interest to those researching FBOs and their interaction with international organizations, and to scholars working in the broader areas of Religion and Politics, and Politics and Development.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Beyond Established Boundaries: FBOs as Developmental Entrepreneurs

Jens Koehrsen and Andreas Heuser

Chapter 2 From Missionaries to Ecumenical Co-Workers: A Case Study from Mission 21 in Kalimantan, Indonesia

Claudia Hoffmann

Chapter 3 Mobilising Evangelicals for Development Advocacy: Politics and Theology in the Micah Challenge Campaign for the Millennium Development Goals

Dena Freeman

Chapter 4 World Vision and ‘Christian values’ at the United Nations

Jeffrey Haynes

Chapter 5 Giving and Development: Ethno-Religious Identities and ‘Holistic Development’ in Guyana

Sinah Theres Kloß

Chapter 6 Contextualized Development in Post-Genocide Rwanda: Exploring the Roles of Christian Churches in Development and Reconciliation

Christine Schliesser

About the Editors

Andreas Heuser is a theologian and political scientist. He is currently Professor for Extra-European Christianity (Faculty of Theology) and Dean of Research at the University of Basel, Switzerland.

Jens Koehrsen is Assistant Professor for religion and economics at University of Basel, Switzerland, and visiting Professor at the University of Muenster, Germany.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Religion and Politics

This series aims to publish high quality works on the topic of the resurgence of political forms of religion in both national and international contexts. This trend has been especially noticeable in the post-cold war era (that is, since the late 1980s). It has affected all the ‘world religions’ (including, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism) in various parts of the world (such as, the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa).

The series welcomes books that use a variety of approaches to the subject, drawing on scholarship from political science, international relations, security studies, and contemporary history.

Books in the series explore these religions, regions and topics both within and beyond the conventional domain of ‘church-state’ relations to include the impact of religion on politics, conflict and development, including the late Samuel Huntington’s controversial – yet influential – thesis about ‘clashing civilisations’.

In sum, the overall purpose of the book series is to provide a comprehensive survey of what is currently happening in relation to the interaction of religion and politics, both domestically and internationally, in relation to a variety of issues.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations)
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Intergovernmental Organizations
POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Caribbean & Latin American