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date: 25 May 2020

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This article explores the interrelationships among religion, politics, and economic development, with emphasis on the transnational dimensions of religious interactions with development institutions and thinking. It highlights the disconnects and tensions between the worlds of development and faith, as well as their synergies. It shows how the political dimensions of religious and development politics take very different forms in different parts of the world by citing the experiences of a number of countries such as the Philippines, Guatemala, Kenya, Morocco, and Cambodia. The focus is on the role of religion in international relations and in the broader politics of development. Two major religious actors that are especially visible and have a major transnational influence are the Catholic Church and Islam. The article also considers events that have opened eyes and doors on how faith and development are intertwined, particularly the HIV and AIDS pandemic.

Keywords: religion, politics, economic development, faith, international relations, Catholic Church, Islam, HIV, AIDS

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