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Development, Divinity and Dharma

By Malcolm Harper,DSK Rao,Ashis Kumar Sahu
ISBN: 9781853396557
The book examines Hindu, Christian and Muslim institutions in India and in Pakistan. Its main focus is the Shri Kshetra Dharmasthala Rural Development programme, which has changed the lives of almost half a million people, through social and economic development programmes which are motivated by religious faith.

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  • Synopsis
    Faith-based institutions are getting involved in economic development programmes, including microfinance, and many foreign donors are looking to religious organizations for new ways to reach the poorest people. This book considers the work of a number of these, of different faiths, and asks what is 'special' about them. Do religious links make these organizations more or less effective? Should spiritual development and economic upliftment be kept apart? Development, Divinity and Dharma explores these questions by examining a number of Hindu, Christian and Muslim institutions in India and in Pakistan. Its main focus is the Shri Kshetra Dharmasthala Rural Development programme, which though little known outside south India, has changed the lives of almost half a million people, including Hindus, Muslims and Christians, through social and economic development programmes which are motivated by religious faith.
  • Table of Contents
    Prelims (Contents, Figures, Tables, Boxes, Acknowledgements, About the authors, List of abbreviations)
    1. Introduction
    2. Religion and development - can they go together?
    3. How does religion affect the ‘BINGOs’?
    4. Dakshin Kannada and Dharmasthala Temple
    5. SKDRDP, the rural development programme
    6. Microfinance
    7. Livelihoods
    8. The sevanirathas
    9. Two cases of success
    10. The results of SKDRDP’s work; What explains SKDRDP’s success?
    11. Islamic development practice
    12. Christian development practice and some examples
    13. Conclusions
  • Endorsements
    “The work of thousands of religious people, who are inspired to work for others, is a widespread natural phenomenon. The pioneering work Development, Divinity and Dharma will hopefully entail an awakening in this field.” Michael Van den Bogaert S.J. Xavier Institute of Development Action and Studies, Orissa, India “There is more to spirituality than salvation. This book can change the way you think of religion and its contribution to improving the material world around us.” Dr D. Veerendra Heggade Dharmadhikari, Dharmasthala, India “Dr Harper and his colleagues remind us that long before microfinance was coveted as an emerging market religious organizations worked to mitigate the ravages of inequity through innovation and perhaps the world’s first customer oriented service ethic. Faith based development schemes work directly offering an economic ladder out of the depths of poverty, not just a bowl of rice and a prayer.” Bill Maddocks Director, Microenterprise Development Institute, Southern New Hampshire University, USA
  • Details
    Sub Title N/A
    Author Malcolm Harper,DSK Rao,Ashis Kumar Sahu
    Editor No
    Number of Pages 176
    Format Paperback / softback
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