Avoiding Some Deadly Sins: Oxfam learnings and analysis about religion, culture, diversity, and development

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12 Aug 2011

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Religion is a significant force that shapes attitudes, practices, policies, and laws across the world in ways that can advance or obstruct rights-based development. Development organisations need to strengthen their analysis of the interconnections between religion, culture, diversity, and development. This discussion document describes 18 common challenges facing development actors when they consider these issues. Based on Oxfam GB’s experience in the field and illustrated with case studies, it shares several learning points about effective development practice related to religion, culture, diversity, and development. It includes initial efforts by the We Can Campaign to end violence against women to develop gender criteria for mapping religious groups.