Religions and Development (RaD)

An international research partnership exploring the relationships between several major world religions, development in low-income countries and poverty reduction. It focused on four countries (IndiaNigeriaPakistan, and Tanzania), enabling the research team to study most of the major world religions: Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and African traditional belief systems.


New publication

Tomalin, Emma (ed) (2015) The Routledge Handbook of Religions and Global Development, Abingdon: Routledge (ISBN 978-0-415-83636-4 hbk 978-0-203-69444-2 ebk).

This major collection of new writings on religion and development has been edited by Emma Tomalin of the University of Leeds, formerly a Research Associate with the RaD programme. It is divided into seven sections, one of which contains chapters on some of the key debates related to religions and development, and another eight discussions of some of the links between religion and development policy and practice. The remaining sections have a regional focus: on Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, South Asia, East and South-east Asia and the Middle East and North Africa. In each, one chapter discusses some of the main links between religion and development at the regional or sub-regional level, and a second the question of gender, while the third considers an important development issue or actor. In addition to Emma Tomalin's own introduction, account of the history of faith-based aid and development (with Gregory Deacon) and review of the interface between religion and development in India and Pakistan, the volume contains chapters by other researchers associated with the RaD programme. Carole Rakodi writes on development, religion and modernity, while Tamsin Bradley and Nida Kirmani discuss religion, gender and development in India and Pakistan.

New Publication

Rakodi, Carole (2014) Religion and social life in African cities, in Parnell, Sue and Pieterse, Edgar (eds) Africa's Urban Revolution, London: Zed Books, p 82-109 (ISBN 978 1 78032 521 7 hb 978 1 78032520 0 pb)

Pentecostalism and Development

Conference of the European Research Network on Global Pentecostalism (GloPent)
05-06 September, 2014, SOAS, University of London

Three keynotes will frame the conference debate by addressing the most pressing conceptual questions from the disciplinary vantage points of cultural anthropology, development studies, and religious studies. Issues of practice will be explored in a panel discussion featuring experts actively involved in development initiatives with Pentecostal actors. In addition, the conference offers over forty papers in parallel panels, which address specific themes of the conference topic and present ongoing research on Pentecostal and Charismatic movements.

Details of the programme and how to register are available at

New book published

The special issue of Development in Practice published in 2012 has now been published by Taylor and Francis as a book: Carole Rakodi (ed) (2014) Religion, Religious Organisations and Development Scrutinising religious perceptions and organisations, London and New York: Routledge (ISBN13: 978-0-415-71305-4)

Special issue of Development in Practice published in July 2012

A double issue of the journal Development in Practice, guest edited by the Director of the RaD programme, Carole Rakodi, has been published. Eleven of the sixteen papers in the special issue are based on research undertaken during the RaD programme - they focus on aspects of the findings that are of particular interest to development practitioners as well as researchers and students of development studies.?

The additional papers broaden the geographical coverage beyond Nigeria, Tanzania, India and Pakistan, the countries in which the RaD research was undertaken, to include Malawi, Sudan and Kenya, as well as papers with broader international concerns. The authors discuss Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. Carole Rakodi provides a framework for analysing the links between religion and development, and finally, three shorter practical notes describe development projects inspired by Buddhism, Islam and Christianity.?

The full table of contents can be found here:

Also in 'International Development Department'