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Understanding faith-based organizations: how FBOs are contrasted with NGOs in international development literature

Clarke, Matthew and Ware, Vicki-Anne 2015, Understanding faith-based organizations: how FBOs are contrasted with NGOs in international development literature, Progress in Development Studies, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 37-48, doi: 10.1177/1464993414546979.

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Title Understanding faith-based organizations: how FBOs are contrasted with NGOs in international development literature
Author(s) Clarke, Matthew
Ware, Vicki-AnneORCID iD for Ware, Vicki-Anne orcid.org/0000-0002-5192-3097
Journal name Progress in Development Studies
Volume number 15
Issue number 1
Start page 37
End page 48
Publisher SAGE Publications
Publication date 2015-01
ISSN 1464-9934
Keyword(s) development
faith-based organizations
non-governmental organizations
religion
Summary Organizations with a faith basis play a prominent, sometimes dominant, role within the development sector. In the latter half of the twentieth century, many faith-based organizations (FBOs) – motivated by their religious faith and beliefs – began to work beyond their own borders to improve the material well-being of the world’s poor. However, despite the significant presence of FBOs within the arena of aid and development, little agreement exists within the development literature as to the similarity or distinction between aid agencies that are faith based and secular non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Drawing on approximately 50 studies, this article reviews the existing literature on FBOs in order to analyze how FBOs are understood in relation to NGOs. This article then suggests a number of different typologies that captures these diverse range of views of how FBOs are understood.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1464993414546979
Field of Research 220405 Religion and Society
Socio Economic Objective 940302 International Aid and Development
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, SAGE Publications
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30069705

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