Katherine Marshall

Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, Senior Fellow

Katherine Marshall has worked for over four decades on international development, focusing on the world's poorest countries. She is Senior Fellow at Georgetown's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs and Visiting Professor in the School of Foreign Service. She is the Executive Director of the World Faiths Development Dialogue, a non-governmental organisation born in the World Bank, the mission of which is to bridge the gulfs that separate the worlds of development and religion. She spent a large part of her career at the World Bank in many leadership assignments focused on Africa, Latin America and East Asia. From 2000-06, she was Counsellor to the Bank's President on Ethics, Values and Faith in Development. She holds various board positions currently including the World Bank Community Connections Fund, AVINA Americas and the Opus Prize Foundation. She served recently as a Trustee of Princeton University and Trustee of the Washington National Cathedral Foundation. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is Visiting Professor at the University of Cambodia. She is the author of several books and many articles, most recently Global Institutions of Religion: Ancient Movers, Modern Shakers published by Routledge in 2013. A forthcoming book coedited with Susan Hayward on women, religion and peace, will be published by the US Institute of Peace. She is also working on a revised edition of The World Bank: From Reconstruction to Development to Equity to be published by Routledge.


Foundation Update

Action for Peace and Progress: ‘Tin Ears’ on Religion and Development

The role of religion and of religious actors is far too often ignored or dismissed by international development officials and organisations. Religious actors have a wealth of experience, access and capacity to offer in tackling and achieving global goals, and the separation of secular and religious efforts is wasting precious time and resources. Yet there is hope, as the experiences of the World Faiths Development Dialogue proves, writes Katherine Marshall for our Global Perspectives Series.

07 May 2015

Situation Report


Religious dimensions in Myanmar need to be taken seriously, and viewed as a matter of urgency, in a country where identities are bound to religious beliefs and histories. The world, and particularly close neighbours are watching to see how the present situation in Rakhine state develops, and what solutions can be adopted more widely in the country writes Katherine Marshall of Georgetown University and the World Faiths Development Dialogue.

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