Mainstreaming Religion in Sustainable Development

by Sanne Agnete Tikjoeb


The paper deconstructs “sustainable development” by using Causal Layered Analysis (CLA) as a critical futures research framework. It does this in the context of understanding the issue of mainstreaming religion in leading International Development Institutions (IDI). The goal is a set of strategies for transforming IDI’s vis a vis their current model of sustainability. The result, brought about by applying the CLA framework in an upward motion, reveals how religion could be introduced as a cross-cutting issue in the present development framework; advocating the ability of religion to eradicate poverty; level genders, save the environment, conduct good governance, and promote private sector development. Thereby, a former controversial issue is mainstreamed to a level of public acceptance.


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