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22 Feb, 2018
By
Gustav Brown

Interfaith partnerships in the field of development: a way forward for religious pluralism in Indonesia?

Muslim-Christian interactions are growing more common in the field of development. Many of these interactions are fraught, with community activists questioning the motives of faith-based organisations (FBOs) run by those professing different religions.

Indonesia, a society that is 88% Muslim but committed to a state-managed form of religious pluralism, offers an example of how Muslim and Christian FBOs can coordinate activities to build trust and gain legitimacy among non-co-religionists.
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11 Dec, 2015

Migration makes the Sustainable Development Goals agenda – time to celebrate?

In September 2015, the United Nations published the final version of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

By
02 Dec, 2015

Religiosity and Muslim American attitudes towards political violence

To what extent does the religion of Islam condone or promote the justification of suicide bombings?

By
Corneliu Bjola
30 Nov, 2015

Will climate negotiations overcome the curse of unfulfilled expectations at COP21?

International negotiations are fundamentally nested games of expectations management. If the objectives are set too high and negotiations then fail to deliver, it would be quite difficult for the relevant...

By
Sabina Alkire
02 Nov, 2015

Multidimensional Poverty Index adopted as a SDG target indicator

The Inter Agency Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators met for the second time in Bangkok, 26-28 October 2015. The purpose was to move towards the selection of the indicators that will be...

By
Abhijeet Singh
30 Oct, 2015

What can the private sector offer Indian education?

Few things in education policy in developing countries are more contentious than what the role of the private sector should be.

By
Rosana Pinheiro-Machado
Lucia Scalco
19 Oct, 2015

Citizenship, violence, and youth in Brazil: reducing the legal age of criminal responsibility

In Brazil, there has been a perennial debate about reducing the legal age of criminal responsibility from 18 to 16 years. Congress has recently approved a legal amendment that aims to put this into practice...

By
Kat Egdamian
30 Sep, 2015

Refugee crisis: Syria's religious minorities must not be overlooked

As hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees continue to flee their homeland, there is a tendency to view all Syrian refugees as a homogeneous entity. They are not. Many stories are being told, but many more...

By
Paul Dornan
25 Sep, 2015

Will the SDGs advance progress for disadvantaged children?

The end of the week sees the meeting to agree the Sustainable Development Goals. Don’t expect too many surprises; the document to be signed off has already been published. There are 17 proposed goals, with...

By
Sabina Alkire
24 Sep, 2015

Income and multidimensional poverty – fighting poverty in all its dimensions

The way we define poverty has changed. At the Sustainable Development Summit on 25-27 September 2015, the UN will formally adopt a new sustainable development agenda that will include a goal to end poverty...

By
Jean-Benoit Falisse
18 Sep, 2015

Beyond political violence in Burundi: an economy in crisis

Burundi may have slipped from the world’s attention, but the crisis that erupted last May when President Nkurunziza announced that he would seek a third term is far from being resolved. Most commentators...

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