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The Paradox of Multilateral Organizations Engaging with Faith-based Organizations

The Paradox of Multilateral Organizations Engaging with Faith-based Organizations Global Governance 15 (2009), 505-520 The Paradox of Multilateral Organizations Engaging with Faith-based Organizations Nathan Grills Multilateral organizations, such as the World Health Organization, have tra- ditionally not closely engaged with faith-based organizations. However, more recently, there has been a growing willingness among MOs to engage with FBOs. Factors promoting this engagement have included the rise of eco- nomic neoliberalism and participatory paradigms, a realization that FBOs may enhance program effectiveness, and a need for greater cooperation to re- spond to HIV/AIDS. At the same time, paradoxically, engagement with FBOs conflicts with the Enlightenment ideology on which most MOs are based. This ideology has traditionally espoused secularism and relegated faith to the private domain. To reconcile this paradox, MOs have often im- posed conditions requiring FBOs to remove faith activities from their pro- grams. This potentially compromises the unique cultural identity of the FBO. KEYWORDS: faith-based organzations, World Health Organization, multilat- eral organizations, HIV/AIDS, partnership. n the field of international development, there has been a trend toward in- creasing dialogue and partnership with nonstate actors such as faith-based I organizations (FBOs). This article explains possible reasons for this in- creased engagement. For instance, the contemporary development discourse of empowerment, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations Brill

The Paradox of Multilateral Organizations Engaging with Faith-based Organizations

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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1075-2846
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1942-6720
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10.1163/19426720-01504009
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Abstract

Global Governance 15 (2009), 505-520 The Paradox of Multilateral Organizations Engaging with Faith-based Organizations Nathan Grills Multilateral organizations, such as the World Health Organization, have tra- ditionally not closely engaged with faith-based organizations. However, more recently, there has been a growing willingness among MOs to engage with FBOs. Factors promoting this engagement have included the rise of eco- nomic neoliberalism and participatory paradigms, a realization that FBOs may enhance program effectiveness, and a need for greater cooperation to re- spond to HIV/AIDS. At the same time, paradoxically, engagement with FBOs conflicts with the Enlightenment ideology on which most MOs are based. This ideology has traditionally espoused secularism and relegated faith to the private domain. To reconcile this paradox, MOs have often im- posed conditions requiring FBOs to remove faith activities from their pro- grams. This potentially compromises the unique cultural identity of the FBO. KEYWORDS: faith-based organzations, World Health Organization, multilat- eral organizations, HIV/AIDS, partnership. n the field of international development, there has been a trend toward in- creasing dialogue and partnership with nonstate actors such as faith-based I organizations (FBOs). This article explains possible reasons for this in- creased engagement. For instance, the contemporary development discourse of empowerment,

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Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International OrganizationsBrill

Published: Aug 12, 2009

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