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An international research partnership exploring the relationships between several major world religions, development in low-income countries and poverty reduction.

It focused on four countries (India, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Tanzania), enabling the research team to study most of the major world religions: Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and African traditional belief systems.


Pentecostalism and Development

Conference of the European Research Network on Global Pentecostalism (GloPent)
5-6 September, 2014, SOAS, University of London

Plenary speakers will present perspectives from development studies, sociology and religious studies, and there will be a panel discussion on practical issues. A call for additional papers has just been issued - see

New book published

The special issue of Development in Practice published in 2012 has now been published by Taylor and Francis as a book: Carole Rakodi (ed) (2014) Religion, Religious Organisations and Development Scrutinising religious perceptions and organisations, London and New York: Routledge (ISBN13: 978-0-415-71305-4)

The RaD research programme draws to a close

Based at the University of Birmingham, England, the programme has been working with researchers in other UK institutions and the focus countries since 2005.

At its height, over a hundred researchers were involved in five countries and across eleven research projects. The programme drew to a close on 31st March, 2011.

The website will continue for the forseeable future, although it will be maintained less actively than it has been over the past five years.

Sixty nine working papers and 21 policy briefs have been published. These (and short research summaries) will continue to be downloadable from this website. For the titles of the latest working papers, including overviews of the research carried out in India, Pakistan and Nigeria and an overall synthesis of the programme's findings, see below. Further publications are in preparation: journal articles and books. Keep checking this site for announcements of new publications.

Special issue of Development in Practice published in July 2012

A double issue of the journal Development in Practice, guest edited by the Director of the RaD programme, Carole Rakodi, has been published. Eleven of the sixteen papers in the special issue are based on research undertaken during the RaD programme - they focus on aspects of the findings that are of particular interest to development practitioners as well as researchers and students of development studies.?

The additional papers broaden the geographical coverage beyond Nigeria, Tanzania, India and Pakistan, the countries in which the RaD research was undertaken, to include Malawi, Sudan and Kenya, as well as papers with broader international concerns. The authors discuss Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. Carole Rakodi provides a framework for analysing the links between religion and development, and finally, three shorter practical notes describe development projects inspired by Buddhism, Islam and Christianity.?

The full table of contents can be found here:

Latest Research Outputs

The following research outputs have recently been added to the website:

Policy Briefs

Policy Brief 21 (2011) Religions and development in India, Pakistan, Nigeria and Tazinia: inspirational or inhibiting?

Working Papers

Working Paper 66 (2011) Inspirational, Inhibiting, Institutionalized: Exploring the links between Religions and Development Carole Rakodi

Working Paper 67 (2011) A Guide to Analyzing the Relationships between Religions and Development Carole Rakodi

Working Paper 52 (revised edition 2012) New Forms of Religious Transnationalism and Development Initiatives: A Case Study of Dera Sant Sarwan Dass, Ballan, Punjab, India, Gurharpal Singh, Charlene Simon and Darshan Singh Tatla

Other Publications

Bradley, Tamsin (2011) 'The politicisation of mothering in Hindu missions', Politics, Religion and Ideology, 12(2), p. 161-77.

Jodhka, Surinder S. (ed) (2012) "Plural societies and imperatives of change: interrogating religion and development in South Asia", Economic and Political Weekly, XLVII(1) (Jan), special issue p 43-93

Marquette, Heather (2012) 'Finding God' or 'moral disengagement' in the fight against corruption in developing countries? Evidence from India and Nigeria, Public Administration and Development, 32(1), p 11-26 DOI: 10.1002/pad.1605


Website last updated: 13/02/2014


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