Faith in Foreign Aid
Religious Organizations’ Engagement with USAID

By (author) Susan Turner Haynes

ISBN13: 9781032598758

Imprint: Routledge

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd


Published: 12/07/2024

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The United States contributes more foreign aid than any other state in the world, and it is often recognized as a leader in engaging religious organizations in aid delivery. Faith in Foreign Aid is the first book to closely examine how the relationship between religious organizations and USAID plays out in practice. Faith in Foreign Aid relies on an original dataset to trace faith-based funding patterns in US foreign aid from 2001 to 2021. The findings show that despite America’s push to engage religious organizations in aid, the total number of religious organizations it funds is relatively low, especially when compared with the number of USAID’s secular partners. These faith-based organizations (FBOs) also represent the minority of US-based development FBOs broadly. Relying on extensive original survey and interview data, the book suggests that many religious organizations are deterred from applying for public funding because they perceive the government as biased against them, or fear their religious mission might be challenged. In addition to investigating why some FBOs eschew government funds, the book also examines why some FBOs choose to partner with USAID and what this relationship can look like. Faith in Foreign Aid highlights the voices and experiences of FBOs, showing a way for more effective engagement between religious organizations and government actors. The book will be of interest to researchers across public policy, development, religion, and political science, as well as to practitioners at USAID and development organizations.
1: Introduction 2: Global Religious Engagement 3: America’s Religious Engagement 4: Trends in Faith-Based Funding 5: Faith-Based Organizations Opting Out 6: Faith-Based Organizations Opting In 7: Conclusion
  • Development studies
  • Aid & relief programmes
  • Religious ethics
  • Professional & Vocational
  • Tertiary Education (US: College)
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