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Coalition for Religious Equality and Inclusive Development (CREID)

start date
1 October 2018

The Coalition for Religious Equality and Inclusive Development (CREID) aims to redress the impact of discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief, tackle poverty and exclusion, and promote people’s wellbeing and empowerment using research evidence and delivering practical programmes.

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Discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief can mean that people:

  • lack access to basic services such as health or education
  • experience verbal, emotional or physical violence and abuse
  • be excluded from vital social and political processes.

CREID believes that freedom of religion or belief is essential for people living in poverty to achieve their potential, live in dignity, free from stigma and exclusion.

We provide research and deliver practical programmes tackling the impact of discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief. We work around the world, though  our projects are focused on Egypt, India, Iraq, Pakistan and Nigeria.

Our five workstreams

  1. Mainstreaming awareness of Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) in development to ensure that policies and programmes are sensitive and responsive to inequalities on the grounds of religion or belief
  2. Investing in interfaith service delivery in communities where there are poverty and religious tensions
  3. Monitoring hate speech and looking at how digital technology and media are affecting social harmony
  4. Building coalitions at national level and supporting local campaigns promoting FoRB
  5. Engendering cross fertilisation for religious inclusivity by bringing about collaboration between humanitarian organisations, faith leaders, rights activists and development practitioners.

CREID is led by the Institute of Development Studies in partnership with Al-Khoei Foundation, Minority Rights Group and Refcemi (the Coptic Office for Advocacy and Public Policy).

Recent publications

Please visit the Library on the CREID website to view all our publications and resources.

Religious inequalities and the impact of Covid-19

Browse, read and watch our collection of perspectives on the impact of Covid-19 on religious minorities around the world.

CREID Podcast

The CREID podcast gives a voice to those who work in some of the toughest areas in development and explores how religion can impact on the life chances of some of the most vulnerable people in the world.

Religious Inequalities in Development event series

The Religious Inequalities in Development event series challenges us to understand why inequalities underpinned by individual belief and/or religious affiliation to a community have been a blind spot for international development for so long. What can be done to better understand and integrate an approach to Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) into global development? Watch videos of past seminars.

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People

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Emilie Wilson

Communications Officer

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Helen Littler-Handlos

Project Support Officer

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Kathryn Cheeseman

Senior Project Support Officer

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Mariz Tadros

Director (CREID)

Sofya Shahab

Research Officer

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Susanne Schirmer

Programme Manager

Yousif Al Khoei, Al Khoei Foundation
Claire Thomas, Minority Rights Group (MRG)
Archbishop Angaelos, Refcemi

Recent work