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Religious Communities

Baha'i International Community (BIC)
Reports and General Information on the Baha'i International Community United Nations Office
Find lists of Baha'i Statements on the following topics:

and links to Baha'i International Community Quadrennial Report to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)

The Baha'i World
The creation of a peaceful global society that fosters both individual and collective well-being is at the heart of the Bahá'í vision of the future. Within the framework of a growing community concerned with moral and spiritual transformation, social and economic development is one expression of the Bahá'í commitment to realizing this vision.
The worldwide Bahá'í community, as an organic whole, transcends divisions prevalent in society today, such as "North" and "South", "developed" and "underdeveloped". Social and economic development efforts are undertaken by Bahá'ís everywhere. Every individual is a potential contributor to this process.
Go to 'Social Action', click on 'Social and Economic Development'


Bahá’í Agency for Social and Economic Development (UK)
Papers on a Conference on Social and Economic Development and the Environment

'Practical Applications of Spiritual Principles'


One Country
One Country, the newsletter of the Bahá'í International Community, is a publication of the Office of Public Information of the Bahá'í International Community.
The Bahá'í International Community is an international non-governmental organization which encompasses and represents the worldwide membership of the Bahá'í Faith.


Christian Aid


Ecumenical Coalition for Economic Justice
a project of Canadian churches working together for a just, moral and sustainable "economy of hope". 
ECEJ carries out a variety of activities:
- Research and policy analysis
- Education and Leadership Development
- Advocacy 
- Linking to social justice movements 
Papers on:
The Debt of Developing Countries
uctural Adjustment Policies (SAPs)
Currency Transaction Tax


Franciscans International

The Franciscan Family is present as a non-governmental organization (NGO) at the United Nations under the title of Franciscans International:
A Network of the Franciscan Family collaborating on world issues
A Forum for the poor to have a voice at the United Nations
A Place where the Franciscan Family and the 185 UN representatives of the member states, the UN civil servants and other NGO's can share the heritage of Saints Francis and Clare: peace
A Clearinghouse of UN information on global concerns vital to the Franciscan Family in its global mission in the world.



International Cooperation for Development and Solidarity
CIDSE (International Cooperation for Development and Solidarity) is a network of catholic development organizations in 16 different countries. One of the major activities of this network is advocacy and lobby work on social development issues.
CIDSE aims to be an effective and strong voice in international fora, articulating a clear analysis of world poverty and structural injustices, through advocacy and lobbying work. Its advocacy work currently focuses on debt and structural adjustment, social development (Copenhagen +5), policy coherence, peace building and trade.


Muslim Aid
Muslim Aid, an international NGO with head quarters in the UK


World Conference on Religion and Peace
Founded in 1970, the World Conference on Religion and Peace (WCRP) is organized on an international, regional and national basis, on every continent, and in some of the most troubled places on earth. WCRP is based on the principle of profound respect for religious differences, and is solely dedicated to multireligious cooperation for peace.
Links to Faith and Interfaith Sites / Development Sites


World Council of Churches


Association of World Council of Churches related
Development Organisations in Europe
Set up in 1990, APRODEV aims to represent 14 European development aid agencies to the European Union and to strengthen cooperation between its members.
Working on the following issues:

  • EU development aid policies
  • NGO's and development cooperation
  • Food security
  • Humanitarian aid
  • Conflicts and development
  • Gender and development


World Faiths Development Dialogue
The World Faiths Development Dialogue is a dialogue between people of the world's religious or spiritual communities and the World Bank, on the subject of poverty and development. It arose at a conference of religious leaders, held in London in February 1998 and jointly chaired by the Archbishop of Canterbury and Mr. James Wolfensohn, President of the World Bank.


Descriptions have been taken and adapted from the web-sites linked to.