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Organization World Faiths Development Dialogue
History Established in 1998 by James D. Wolfensohn, then President of the World Bank, and Lord George Carey, then Archbishop of Canterbury. An office was opened in Oxford, England, to explore collaborative projects at the country level involving both faith representatives and World Bank staff. In parallel, religious leaders were invited to participate in periodic World Bank studies and discussions. Following Dublin 2005, the WFDD was re-established as a U.S. nonprofit organisation at Georgetown University Washington.
City Washington DC, USA
Values Religious, international affairs, social action.
Vision WFDDs vision is development more informed by both the experience of poor people and the active participation by faith communities.
Mission WFDD has two central objectives. The first is to reinforce, underscore, and publicize the synergies and common purpose of religions and development institutions addressing poverty, .. (this can be) viewed at least in part as a “constituency-building” imperative. The second purpose is to explore, through thoughtful and probing dialogue, issues on which there is no consensus and where common ground is unclear. This applies among different faith traditions, even within faiths, and between faiths and development institutions.
Goals Acting as bridge between the worlds of faith and secular development. ( refer also to BCRPWA, the parent Institution)
Approach WFDD supports dialogue and conferences, fosters communities of practice, collects case-studies on faith-based organizations, and promotes understanding on religion and development.
Structure Executive and staff.
Scale Medium
Scope International
Activity Action-oriented partnerships between faith-inspired and secular development institutions, exemplified by the work of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, the Centre for Interfaith Action on Global Poverty, and the Berkley Centre’s program on Religion and Development, WFDD is supporting some of the analytical work necessary to assess the efficacy of these partnerships and continues to support forward-thinking dialogue around them. In practical projects such as: investigating links between faith and development in Cambodia, Global mapping of faith inspired organisations and development, a survey of faith-based approaches to development, issues at the intersection of religion and development, an interview series in which development activists and policy specialists are asked about the role of faith in their work, from which collaborative strategies and best practices are formed.
Religion All-faiths
Words development, faith, community
Acronym WFDD
Contact 3307 M Street, NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20007, USA. Tel. +1-202-687-5119