African Religious Health Assets Programme (ARHAP)
ARHAP is an international research collaboration working on the interface of religion and public health, with a focus on Africa. It seeks to develop a systematic knowledge base of religious health assets (RHAs) in sub-Saharan Africa to align and enhance the work of religious health leaders, public policy decision-makers and other health workers in their collaborative efforts to meet the challenge of disease such as HIV and AIDS, and to promote sustainable health, especially for those who live in poverty or under marginal conditions.
Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, & World Affairs
Located at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, the Center hosts interdisciplinary programmes to build knowledge, promote dialogue and support action in a critical area at the intersection of religion and world affairs. Programme areas include: Religion and Global Development; Religion, Conflict and Peace; Globalization, Religions and the Secular, and Religious Pluralism in World Affairs.
Center for Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence
The Center is a global initiative to advance the research and practice of spiritual development in children and adolescents by conducting qualitative and quantitative cross-cultural research on the nature, processes and outcomes of spiritual development in childhood and adolescence; create an online community for scholars and a searchable database of available literature on spiritual development around the world; and develop tools, resources and partnerships to help youth workers, parents, educators and others more effectively nurture the spiritual lives of children and adolescents.
This website is designed to serve as a resource for those looking to learn more about different belief systems as well as participate in productive, moderated discussions on some of today's most talked about and debated topics. It has an extensive library of information on most of the major world religions developed and peer-reviewed by theologians and academics.
Religions and Development Research Programme (RaD)
Based at the University of Birmingham, England, RaD is an international research partnership exploring the relationships between several major world religions, development in low-income countries and poverty reduction. It focuses on four countries (India, Nigeria, Pakistan and United Republic of Tanzania), enabling the research team to study most of the major world religions: Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and African traditional belief systems. The programme works with researchers in other UK institutions and the focus countries.
The Center for the Study of Law and Religion, The Child in Law, Religion and Society Program, Emory University
The Center is an interdisciplinary research programme focusing on birth, naming and growth; children's rights and rites; education and formation; child abuse, poverty and homelessness; and juvenile delinquency, violence, public policy responses and reforms.
The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life
The Forum seeks to promote a deeper understanding of issues at the intersection of religion and public affairs. It conducts surveys, demographic analyses and other social science research on important aspects of religion and public life in the United States and world affairs. It also provides a neutral venue for discussions of timely issues through roundtables and briefings.
Faith-based organizations (FBOs), sometimes referred to as faith-inspired organizations (FIOs), are some of the most visible religious actors in humanitarian and development contexts and operate in much the same way as other NGOs in supporting development and, in many cases, emergency humanitarian initiatives across the whole spectrum of programming. Grounded in the tenets and values of a particular faith, FBOs can establish credibility and authority with local religious communities and, in many instances, have locally connected operational networks that can be mobilized for response. Such networks can enable FBOs to respond in an efficient and sustainable manner and reach into communities in ways that secular NGOs often cannot.
Some of the larger international FBOs include: