Governance and Religion: More or Less Governance through Value-Based Stakeholders?

Workshop Session 1
October 6, 16:30 – 18:00, Venue: Neue Mälzerei/Kuppelsaal Nord
Language: German


Nabiela Farouq, Advisor, Sector Programme “Values, Religion and Development”

Julia Leininger, Head of Department “Governance, Statehood and Security”, German Development Institute (DIE)


Mohamed Ashmawey, Chief Executive Officer, Islamic Relief Worldwide

Bettina Silbernagl, Head of Program, GIZ South Africa, Inclusive Violence and Crime Prevention Programme (VCP)

Björn Zimprich, Teamleader GIZ Jordan, Improvement of communal water efficiency through cooperation with religious authorities

Silke Hattendorff, Advisor GIZ Sector Program Realizing Human Rights in Development Cooperation


Why should governance support address or integrate traditional and non-traditional religious organizations and leaders? In general, they play a major role for societal and political processes on a global, regional and local level. In particular, they have a decisive role in service delivery (e.g. education, health), influence the establishment of governance structures (e.g. fostering accountability in local politics) and promote specific values in society. The latter is crucial to solve global development problems, which require new forms of cooperation and technical expertise but also a shared value base.

German development policy has always been guided by the conviction that a ‘good’ life and ‘good’ governance are shaped by ethical and moral values. Against this backdrop, the workshop shall give an overview of the relationship between governance and religion in general and inform about possible solutions how to constructively address religion in governance support. Workshop participants are invited to reflect on their experience with faith-based organizations and religious leaders in their daily work of governance support.

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