‘Faith and religious identity are profoundly involved in development – “the freedoms to be and to do”, in the words of Amartya Sen. Many of those making change happen around the world are motivated and sustained by their faiths. In contrast, aid – the project that seeks to trigger development – is often highly secular, operating in the realm of evidence, randomized controlled trials and logical frameworks. Dr. Aikande C. Kwayu explores this paradox in the case of the UK’s aid programme, held up as a model by many other aid donors around the world. This book is invaluable in seeking to bridge the gap and fill the “faith-based hole” in contemporary discussions of aid and development’.
—Duncan Green, Senior Strategic Adviser, Oxfam, GB
‘Dr. Aikande Kwayu tackles one of the emerging features of international affairs: the growing trend of secular governments working with religious institutions in shaping international development polices. This study opens a window into the way the UK government has developed policies and shaped their politics in a way which make possible partnerships with faith institutions. The book is a valuable resource not only for students of international politics but also a compelling case for strengthening partnerships between public and faith based institutions’.
—Wilfred Mlay, former Vice-President of World Vision International, Africa Region
‘An impressive piece of scholarship, Religion and British International Development Policy makes a significant contribution to several fields, including political science, international relations, and public policy. Dr. Aikande C. Kwayu presents us with a meticulously researched account of the changing logics of British faith-based development policy and the mobilization of religion within successive government regimes. I know of no other analysis of religion and development politics that is more clearly argued and insightful than this eagerly awaited work’.
—Amy Stambach, Director of Global Studies and Professor of Educational Policy Studies and Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, and author of Faith in Schools (2019)
‘This is an excellent book that reconnects religion within the discipline of international relations and especially the public funding of faith-based organizations and faith communities operating overseas. We are in an era where national security and the rise of terrorism using religion is threatening our very fabric of society and security. Thus, highlighting the importance of British soft power (in the era of Brexit and post) in this book in the faith-based arena is an essential conversation and debate that needs to take place from the policy-making perspective’.
—Heba F. El-Shazli, Assistant Professor of Political Science at George Mason University, USA