The Role of Faith in International Development & Public Affairs
This well-researched and easy to read book by Matt Moran explores:
- The meaning of integral human development
- The pioneering role of the Catholic Church in development
- The intrinsic values that faith brings to international development
- The Missionary Approach to Development Interventions
- Human dignity and right relations that enable people to flourish and live life to the full
- Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation
- The importance of inter-religious dialogue for peaceful co-existence
- Authentic partnership vs financial relationship in the power balance between Western funders and implementing organisations in the Global South
- The faith inter-face with the UN, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNAIDS, World Bank, WHO and the EU
- Faith’s receding place in public affairs in an increasingly intolerant secular Ireland
- The relationship between Church and State in Ireland
- The Irish Government’s interface with FBOs in the provision of health and social care services
- The fractious relationship between the Catholic Church and the Irish media
- A dialogue of hope to imagine an alternative narrative in Ireland
- The evolving clash between Christian values and human rights as in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and
- The un-challenged findings on bias and serious dysfunction within the European Court of Human Rights.
The Foreword to the book was written by Dr David Begg who served as CEO of Concern Worldwide, Board Member of Trócaire, and on the Advisory Board of Irish Aid. He is Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Social Sciences at Maynooth University.
The book has been endorsed by theologians in Ireland, Africa and Canada, as well as by Cardinal Peter Turkson from Ghana.