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New book on “Faith-Based Organizations in Development Discourses and Practice”

Open-access volume edited by Jens Koehrsen and Andreas Heuser can be accessed via

This book explores faith-based organizations (FBOs) in current developmental discourses and practice. It presents a selection of empirical in-depth case-studies of FBOs and assesses the vital role credited to FBOs in current discourses on development. The contributions stress the agency of FBOs in diverse contexts of development policy, both local and global. It is emphasised that FBOs constitute boundary agents and developmental entrepreneurs: they move between different discursive fields such as national and international development discourses, theological discourses, and their specific religious constituencies. By combining influxes from these different contexts, FBOs generate unique perspectives on development: they express alternative views on development and stress particular approaches anchored in their theological social ethics.