What’s religion got to do with it?

Faith-based approaches to addressing inequalities in the field of development

There are 11 years left to 2030, to reduce inequality and to make “leave no one behind” a reality. With inequalities on the rise globally, faith dynamics need to be explored more systematically – are they detrimental or do they contribute to equality? More than 80 % of the world’s population is of faith. In many settings religious groups and faith-based organisations form a major component of local and national capacity. This session will be an interactive conversation aimed to allow all participants to gain a deeper understanding about the role faith and faith actors can play in sustainable change.

Organised by


Rachel Bayani
Baha'i International Community, Brussels Office
Christo Greyling
Senior Director Faith and External Engagement
World Vision
Mohammad Abou Zeid
Faith Scholar/ judge
Islamic Relief
Shreen Saroor
Gender Consultant
Brot für die Welt
Patricia Ryan
Pax Christi International
Henriette Geiger
Director, Directorate People and Peace
European Commission - DG for International Cooperation and Development
Merete Bilde
Policy Advisor
European External Action Service (EEAS)