Date(s) - 10/03/2021
9:00 am - 10:00 am


The Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities and The Faith+Public Integrity Network will host a Faith and AntiCorruption Webinar on March 10, 2021 at 9 AM ET/ 2 PM GMT.

Corruption, particularly endemic corruption, is widely recognized as a key obstacle to development. Anticorruption has been central to the international development agenda for over two decades. Our theme will be corruption, a social malaise widely recognized as one of the greatest impediments to equitable and sustainable development. Efforts to counter corruption, at the international and national levels, have been at the center of the development agenda, though the results have not been very encouraging. Engagement of faith leaders and organizations in anticorruption efforts has been too limited.


This conversation will explore the opportunities and challenges for faith leaders and organizations in promoting public integrity and fighting corruption. 


Why is it important for faith actors to be involved? How might they be involved? What distinctive assets might they bring? What are some specific examples? Why haven’t we seen more engagement? Will the growing emphasis on collective action foster greater participation of faith actors? Do faith actors themselves need an internal moral awakening or is the limited engagement more linked to uncertainty as to effective strategies and tools?


  • Katherine Marshall, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and World Faiths Development Dialogue

Katherine is a leading expert on the engagement of the faith sector in development. She is a senior fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, and a professor of the practice of development, conflict, and religion in Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. She helped to create and now serves as the executive director of the World Faiths Development Dialogue. She is also vice president of the G20 Interfaith Association. Marshall, who worked at the World Bank from 1971 to 2006, has nearly five decades of experience on a wide range of development issues in Africa, Latin America, East Asia, and the Middle East. She led the World Bank’s faith and ethics initiative between 2000 and 2006.

  • Roberto Laver, Fides

Roberto is an international lawyer with over thirty years of experience in law and development, nonprofit leadership and academia. He is founder and director of Fides, a nonprofit supporting Christian leaders and communities to promote public integrity and counter corruption. He is cofounder and member of the steering committee for the Faith and Public Integrity Network, a global network of Christian leaders engaged in grassroots anticorruption initiatives. Roberto practiced law in the private sector in Argentina and in Washington D.C. and Boston, USA. From 1989-1998, he worked at the World Bank with a focus on rule of law and judicial reform. He taught at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and has been a network fellow at Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University.