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.

Matilda Pearson

Communications, press officer, Teamleader

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

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Kristina Patring elected to the Council for Human Rights

Kristina Patring, expert advisor at the SMC – Faith in Development, has been elected as a delegate to the newly formed advisory council on Human Rights, an advisory body to the Swedish National Institute for Human Rights. She is one of 20 Swedish human rights experts who have been elected to the advisory council.

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Erik Johansson, Charlotta Norrby, Linnea Lundgren and Kristina Patring at the annual meeting 2023.Erik Johansson, Charlotta Norrby, Linnea Lundgren and Kristina Patring at the annual meeting 2023.

Great engagement at SMR’s annual meeting

How should faith-based organizations relate to a renegotiated social contract? Does the annual meeting need to confirm motions that have already been addressed? These were some burning questions discussed last week when SMR’s network gathered for a day focused on the annual meeting.

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