Christians are not alone in wanting a better world. In this respect, we stand alongside countless people of other faiths in wanting to see justice, freedom and well-being for all. However, despite the strong presence of faith in the world, governments and organisations – especially in the west – have tended to ignore the positive role that faith can play in global development. Happily, this is now changing. Increasingly, discussions around development are including the faith element. For example, United Nations (UN) Development Programme Administrator Helen Clark has commented: ‘Faith-based organisations… have an important role to play in reminding us to focus on what really matters to us as human beings in search of well-being.’ And José Riera-Cézanne, of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, remarked that ‘faith leaders, religious institutions, communities of faith and faith-based NGOs are carrying out critical development and humanitarian relief activities’.

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