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Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

Factoring Faith into Development

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On November 14, the Boisi Center wel- comed Amie Harris (MCAS, ‘11), special assistant to the senior advisor for inter- national education at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). In her talk “Factoring Faith into Devel- opment,” Harris drew on her experience at USAID collaborating with faith-based organizations, explaining the unique role that such organizations play in interna- tional development. 91% of USAID’s funding for other countries comes from partnerships, rather than the federal government. Faith-based partners, which work with some of the most vulnerable and remote populations in the world, are vital since they have local presence and development expertise.