Our experts

SMC – Faith in developmentl monitors civil society’s ability to work for sustainable, democratic and fair development in accordance with the global goals in Agenda 2030 and a Christian ecumenical value base.

We are experts on freedom of religion or belief and the role of religion in the development of society. Through our member organisations, we have good contacts and networks in both Swedish and global civil society. Here you will find information about our experts and what we can comment on in the media and other contexts.

Our experts

SMC – Faith in development employs Sweden’s foremost experts on freedom of religion or belief. We have solid knowledge of missionary work and how religion affects work for human rights, gender equality, societal development and climate. In this work, we meet both Christian and interfaith target groups, academics and politicians.

Our experts also have many years of experience in monitoring Swedish development policy. Feel free to contact them with your questions!


Can’t find what you’re looking for? Feel free to contact us and we will help to answer what we can comment on.

Read more and find more contact information on our contact page.

Johanna Olofsson

Head of unit

+46 8 453 68 38johanna.olofsson@smc.global

Matilda Pearson

Communications, press officer, Teamleader

+46 8 453 68 97matilda.pearson@smc.global

Our latest news

Launch of Facilitators´ toolkit

Interactive exercises, stories and case studies. In April the Freedom of Religion or Belief facilitators’ toolkit was launched in a digital event with around 50 participants from Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.

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Kenya. Photo: SMC.

Children playing on green grass in KenyaChildren playing on green grass in Kenya

Youth in focus at member days  

The theme for SMC’s 2023 member days, attended by almost 100 participants from 29 member organisations was “Youth is the Present.” It was the first time after almost three years of digital meetings that the network could meet in real life, and spirits were high among the participants.

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Advocacy with Faith in Development

We are knowledge based, working with freedom of religion or belief, religious literacy and development policy.