What role should faith-based organizations play in providing or distributing aid for developing nations? Amie Harris (a 2011 graduate of BC's International Studies Program) will draw on her experience at the U.S. Agency for International Development to describe how the U.S. government works with faith-based organizations, and what the benefits and challenges of these collaborations can be.
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.
USAID Center for Faith Based and Community Initiatives. https://www.usaid.gov/faith-based-and-community-initiatives
USAID Education. https://www.usaid.gov/education
USAID U.S. Global Development Lab. https://www.usaid.gov/GlobalDevLab/about
International Development Network, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. http://www.idin.org
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Marsden, Lee. "Bush, Obama and a Faith‐based US Foreign Policy." International Affairs 88.5 (2012): 953-74. Print.
USAID Blog Posts
Bogoreh, Leila. “Equipping Women Teachers in South Sudan with the Skills to Succeed.” USAID Impact Blog. 2013. https://blog.usaid.gov/2013/07/equipping-women-teachers-in-south-sudan/
Pradhan, Zarin. “Creating Opportunity in Nepal through Education for Income Generation Project.” USAID Impact Blog. 2013. https://blog.usaid.gov/2013/07/creating-opportunity-in-nepal-through-education/
In the News
On October 26, 2016, USAID instituted a rule banning discrimination against foreign aid beneficiaries based on race, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Read the statement from USAID Administrator Gayle Smith here, and learn more about the nondiscrimination policy here.