Religion in the Policy Domains of International Financial Institutions

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With eighty per cent of the world’s population professing religious faith, religious belief is a common human characteristic. The sacred texts of each of the world’s major religions exhort believers to live a righteous life, including responding to poverty and assisting those with less. This fascinating and unique Handbook highlights the value of incorporating religion into development studies literature and research. It argues that as religious identity is integral to a community’s culture, exclusion of religious consideration will limit successful development interventions and therefore it is necessary to conflate examination of religion and development to enhance efforts aimed at improving the lives of the poor.


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The Author:

Dr John Rees