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What role can religion play in ameliorating some of the twenty-first century's most pressing development issues and how are religious communities and faith-inspired organizations stepping up to meet these ​global challenges? Hear perspectives from religious leaders, academics, and practitioners around the world in this Berkley Center iTunes U collection. The events featured in this collection were convened by the Berkley Center and the World Faiths Development Dialogue since 2005.

For more on the Berkley Center: www.berkleycenter.georgetown.edu

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What role can religion play in ameliorating some of the twenty-first century's most pressing development issues and how are religious communities and faith-inspired organizations stepping up to meet these ​global challenges? Hear perspectives from religious leaders, academics, and practitioners around the world in this Berkley Center iTunes U collection. The events featured in this collection were convened by the Berkley Center and the World Faiths Development Dialogue since 2005.

For more on the Berkley Center: www.berkleycenter.georgetown.edu

    Religious Beliefs and Practices: Roles in Decision-Making about Family Welfare in the Sahel

    Religious Beliefs and Practices: Roles in Decision-Making about Family Welfare in the Sahel

    January 23, 2018 | In Africa's Sahel region, religious institutions play key roles in daily life, and measures of religiosity are among the world’s highest; however, religious factors are often neglected in development plans and programs, including those that affect family welfare. This is partly because of sensitivities around religious roles, but also because there are many presumptions made about religious perspectives. In Senegal, religious actors are increasingly recognized as important players in advancing the fight against maternal and child mortality, notably by promoting approaches to family planning that are consistent with religious teachings. The results are promising, but point to issues where dialogue is vital—for example, in discussions on reproductive health education. The same is true in Guinea. In Niger, religious dynamics influence gender roles at a systemic level, most notably through issues like girls’ education, maternal mortality, and early marriage. The World Faiths Development Dialogue is supporting efforts to understand specific roles played by various religious actors in the region. This event explored critical issues facing countries in the Sahel, highlighting the roles religious leaders do and could play, as well as points of consensus and contention.

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Catholic Social Teaching and Peace: Nonviolence, Justice, and Reconciliation

    Catholic Social Teaching and Peace: Nonviolence, Justice, and Reconciliation

    November 7, 2017 | Catholic peacebuilding efforts in Africa face three related cross-cutting challenges: under-utilization and insufficient awareness of the Church's unique potential to promote peace and reconciliation; the lack of pertinent information on the underlying causes of such problems; and insufficient coordination of the Church's initiatives for peace and reconciliation. Previous meetings have identified a specific need to promote synergy through closer collaboration between universities, research centers, Justice and Peace Commissions, and various levels of Caritas active in Africa.

    Held in Entebbe, Uganda, the Africa Institute on Peace and Justice Studies Program brought together five dozen attendees from 15 countries across Africa, Europe, and North America as part of an effort to invigorate the growing field of justice and peace studies in African universities. Berkley Center Senior Fellow David Hollenbach, S.J., offered the keynote address.

    • 51 min
    Nuclear Disarmament and Development

    Nuclear Disarmament and Development

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    September 26, 2017 | This past July, a special UN conference adopted a Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which opened for signature on September 20. In observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi visited Georgetown and discuss the need for the treaty, the Holy See’s role in its development, and the Vatican's hopes for the successful reallocation of resources from nuclear weapons to sustainable development—a priority of Pope Francis.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Mapping Religious Development

    Mapping Religious Development

    October 3, 2016 | How do religious institutions and beliefs approach the challenges of modernization and development? And how do religious and secular actors engage on the relevant policies and programs? The Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and the World Faiths Development Dialogue are completing a three-year research project that has explored the complex ways religious institutions and practices intersect with efforts to advance international development and peace in four countries: Bangladesh, Senegal, Kenya, and Guatemala. The goals are to enhance mutual understanding, identify obstacles and knowledge gaps, and look for opportunities to engage in partnerships that promise to improve the quality of development interventions.
    This capstone event highlighted findings from research in the four countries and explored cross-country comparisons for various development sectors. The event began with a reception. Opening remarks from the project leader, Katherine Marshall, began at 6:00 p.m., followed by a discussion with panelists.

    • 1 hr 35 min
    2016 Religion and Diplomacy Conference Panel 1

    2016 Religion and Diplomacy Conference Panel 1

    Sep 27, 2016 | In 2013, the U.S. State Department established the Secretary's Office of Religion and Global Affairs (S/RGA). The office advises Secretary of State John Kerry on policy matters as they relate to religion, supports U.S. diplomatic missions overseas in assessing religious dynamics and engaging religious actors, and serves as the first point of entry for those seeking to engage the State Department on religion.

    This year, the S/RGA, in partnership with the Secretary’s Open Forum, hosted the first Religion and Diplomacy Conference. The two-day event explored ways in which religion matters to foreign policy in various regions of the world and on a number of global, cross-cutting issues. A public component took place at Georgetown University on the second day, featuring two panel discussions. The first focused on the role of religious actors in communities in implementing the UN's Sustainable Development Goals; the second examined the two incongruent poles of global xenophobia and discrimination on one hand, and efforts to promote interreligious understanding, inclusion, respect, and cooperation on the other.

    • 1 hr 48 min
    2016 Religion and Diplomacy Conference Panel 2

    2016 Religion and Diplomacy Conference Panel 2

    Sep 27, 2016 | In 2013, the U.S. State Department established the Secretary's Office of Religion and Global Affairs (S/RGA). The office advises Secretary of State John Kerry on policy matters as they relate to religion, supports U.S. diplomatic missions overseas in assessing religious dynamics and engaging religious actors, and serves as the first point of entry for those seeking to engage the State Department on religion.

    This year, the S/RGA, in partnership with the Secretary’s Open Forum, hosted the first Religion and Diplomacy Conference. The two-day event explored ways in which religion matters to foreign policy in various regions of the world and on a number of global, cross-cutting issues. A public component took place at Georgetown University on the second day, featuring two panel discussions. The first focused on the role of religious actors in communities in implementing the UN's Sustainable Development Goals; the second examined the two incongruent poles of global xenophobia and discrimination on one hand, and efforts to promote interreligious understanding, inclusion, respect, and cooperation on the other.

    • 1 hr 24 min

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