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Going Beyond the Rhetoric: The Muslim Aid-UMCOR partnership in Sri Lanka

This article appeared in the Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue

Poverty, inequity, and social injustice are matters of conscience and demand a systematic response.  Civil society plays a key role in development with Faith Based Organizations (FBOs) at the forefront of initiatives aimed at helping to achieve increased tolerance, social cohesion and understanding.


Faith communities have undeniably had as strong a history of internecine strife and  struggle as they have of cooperation and collaboration.  It is against this framework of internal and external disagreement that there is a need to build and sustain existing links and to explore new initiatives.   


This paper highlights practical examples of dialogue and collaboration between Muslim Aid and UMCOR showing how different faith communities make natural allies for the promotion and success of cross border linking and play a part in making humanitarian work
more efficient and effective whilst showing that inter-faith cooperation means something practical as well as spiritual.


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Amjad Saleem

December 21st 2010