WORKSHOP ON RELIGION AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS:
CHALLENGES FOR INTERNATIONAL NGOs
January 18 - 19, 2008
This is a planning workshop on the relation of religion to leadership training for non-profit, non-government international organizations (international NGOs). The workshop, funded by the Orfalea Center and the Henry Luce Foundation, will likely involve approximately 20 participants, half of them scholars in the area of religion and international affairs, and half of them professional international NGO leaders who deal with issues of religion. It will be held at the Orfalea Center at the University of California-Santa Barbara, on January 18-19, 2008.
This workshop will help to identify some of the issues relating to religion that are relevant to training leadership for international NGOs, and will look at issues of cultural conflict and sensitivity that confront all humanitarian organizations working abroad.
We believe that this project has several strengths. It attempts to complement other Luce-supported projects on religion and international affairs. It is based in an institution that has been innovative in both religious studies and in international NGO leadership education. It reaches out to both scholars and practitioners throughout the country and in various parts of the world, and it attempts to build a base of information and knowledge before formulating strategic plans for its next stage.