Podcast: Global perspectives on redressing religious inequalities

Published on 16 December 2022

In this episode of Between the Lines podcast, Michael Woolcock, Lead Social Scientist in the World Bank’s Development Research Group, interviews Professor Mariz Tadros, a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies. Mariz is editor of the book: What About Us? Global Perspectives on Redressing Religious Inequalities.

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About the book

This book and podcast is about the individual and collective struggles of the religiously marginalised to be recognised and their inequalities, religious or otherwise, redressed. It is also about the efforts of civil society, governments, multilateral actors, and scholars to promote freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) whatever shape they take.

The actors and contexts that feature in this book are as diverse as health workers in Israel, local education authorities in Nigeria, indigenous movements in India, Uganda, or South Africa, and multilateral actors such as the Islamic Development Bank in Sudan and the World Bank in Pakistan. Some of the case studies engage with development discourses and narratives or are undertaken by development actors, while other cases operate completely outside the international development paradigm. These case studies present some important insights, which while highly relevant for their contexts also draw out important insights for academics, practitioners, activists, and others who have an interest in redressing religious inequalities for socioeconomically marginalised populations.

Produced by the IDS-led Coalition Religious Equality and Inclusive Development (CREID), the book explores how we can make religious equality a reality for those on the margins of society and politics.

This podcast is essential listening for all studying and researching religious inequalities.

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About the author

Professor Mariz Tadros is a professor of politics and development and an IDS Research Fellow specialising in the politics and human development of the Middle East. Areas of specialisation include democratisation, Islamist politics, gender, sectarianism, human security and religion and development.

Mariz convenes the Coalition for Religious Equality and Inclusive Development (CREID), launched in November 2018. She is also the PI of the British Academy initiative on heritage repertoires for sustainable development in Egypt and beyond.

About the Interviewer

Michael Woolcock is Lead Social Scientist in the World Bank’s Development Research Group, where he was worked since 1998. For sixteen of these years he has also been an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. His research focuses on strategies for enhancing state capability for implementation, on crafting more effective interaction between informal and formal justice systems, and on using mixed methods to better understand the effectiveness of “complex” development interventions.

About Between the Lines

This podcast series explores books with ideas for positive social and environmental change. Each month we feature a book and an interview with its author. The discussions give an insight on the themes covered in the book, exploring the challenges and discoveries, and why the issues matter for progressive and sustainable development globally.

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