Religion and community development: improving maternal and child health in Zimbabwe

5 November 2015

In April 2015 the KCRD was involved in an evaluation of the Channels of Hope programme run by World Vision in two areas in Zimbabwe. Together with the Centre for Religion, Conflict and the Public Domain we organized a workshop and published a report in which shared evaluation outcomes, but also reflected on how and under which circumstances religion is a conduit for social transformation. The report responds to the need for evidence on the effectiveness of development programmes that are sensitive to religion or specifically targeted at involving religious leaders, that development actors have increasingly stressed. Yet, the report goes beyond that and critically reflects on the obvious and the blind-spots in what we understand social transformation to be. The empirical research reported leads to questioning (dis-)connections between personal and social transformation, gendered constructions of leadership and other religious and secular assumptions in development.

This report was an outcome of a project run by the Centre for Religion Conflict and the Public Domain at the University of Groningen, with a grand from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).

Executive Summary

 

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