The Religions and Development research programme draws to an end

The Religions and Development (RaD) Research Programme drew to a close on 31st March, 2011, after five years of collaboration with research colleagues in India, Pakistan, Nigeria and Tanzania.

RaD is an international research partnership exploring the relationships between several major world religions, development in low-income countries and poverty reduction.

It focuses on four countries (India, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Tanzania), enabling the research team to study most of the major world religions: Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and African traditional belief systems.

Based at the University of Birmingham, England, the programme works with researchers in other UK institutions and the focus countries.

Over sixty working papers and a dozen policy briefs have been published and can be downloaded on the Religions and Development website ( There are still working papers to come, and a number of journal articles, special issues and edited books in the pipeline – publications will be announced on the website, so do check it periodically.

The end of her role as Director of the RaD programme has coincided with Carole Rakodi’s retirement. She has been appointed Emeritus Professor by the University of Birmingham and will retain her links with the department. In April and May, 2011, she is on attachment to the African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town, where she will be mentoring young academic staff, as part of a programme funded by the Mellon Foundation