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PPR Research Seminar

Date: 23 March 2011 Time: 4.00-6.00 pm

Venue: Bowland North SR10

Emma Tomalin

Mapping the work of faith based organisations in India, Pakistan, Tanzania and Nigeria

Over the past decade or so, there has been an increasing interest in the role of faith-based organisations in development. On the one hand, the academic literature (including from within development studies) is bringing to light case studies on the work of FBOs reflecting an understanding of them as important players in civil society with respect to the pursuit of various development activities. On the other hand, donor agencies and development organisations themselves realise that they often know little about FBOs in different contexts. One reason that has been suggested for increased interest in FBOs is an assumption that they have certain advantages in particular circumstances and are closer to the poor, with the result that their development activities have more positive outcomes than those of secular NGOs. Reflecting the lack of national overviews, we undertook a 'mapping' exercise to capture information about the nature, scale and activities of FBOs in development in India, Pakistan, Nigeria and Tanzania. The aim was to produce an 'impressionistic overview', based on a synthesis of existing secondary material, combined with interviews with a number of key informants. While the reports for each of these have already been published as working papers (, the aim of this paper is to carry out a 'comparative' analysis of the findings in order to begin to identify possible trends and patterns in the ways that particular religious traditions organise themselves to carry out different sorts of development activity.


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