Who Cares About Religion?
Tanzania Photo: Kerstin Bergeå
Religion and other beliefs affect how people think, act, and interpret the world that they live in. But religion is not only an issue for those of faith.
Everyone working with people in international development cooperation, in conflict situations, and in social or humanitarian work, needs knowledge about the role of religion in the particular context that they work in, in order to do a good job.
The World is Religious
More than 80 percent of the world’s population identify as religious. Values and moral issues, how we live our lives, what is perceived as right or wrong, good or bad, is often shaped by religious structures and by formal or informal religious leaders.
Religion and religious actors can have both a positive and negative influence on individuals and societies. We work to see the knowledge, experience, networks, and identity of religious actors integrated at a broader level in international interventions. We have, therefore, put together several tools to strengthen development actors’ and religious actor’s religious literacy.
Everyone Needs Religious Literacy
No-one is neutral. All people carry values and beliefs that shape our way of working and can come into conflict with the beliefs of other people. An increased awareness of this improves your religious literacy. With religious literacy, you are able to explore your own values in relation to other peoples’ faith and beliefs. In this way, you are better able to shape the conditions for a better world.
For Better For Worse
In this anthology from 2019 we explore the role of religion in development cooperation.
Policy for religious literacy
Adopted by the Board 2019-03-06
Guide to using our Toolbox for Religious Literacy (full version)
Use with our PowerPoint presentation available below: Toolbox for Religious Literacy (42,6 MB)
Guide to using our Toolbox for Religious Literacy (short version)
Use with our PowerPoint presentation available below: Toolbox for Religious Literacy (26,2 MB)