Faith-based organizations in Africa and the option for the poor

suti-0000011Rapid diagnostic and insights from the theology of Father Joseph Wresinski

Authored by: Quentin Wodon

The Routledge Handbook of African Theology

Print publication date:  June  2020
Online publication date:  May  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138092303
eBook ISBN: 9781315107561
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Faith-based organizations (FBOs) play an important role in the provision of education and health services in sub-Saharan Africa. Many of these organizations are Christian. One prominent illustration is that of the Christian Health Associations which provide healthcare, especially in East and Southern Africa (Dimmock, Olivier, and Wodon, 2017). Another illustration is that of the large networks of schools managed by dioceses and other religious groups in various countries. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, for example, more than two-thirds of primary school students study in primarily Catholic faith-based schools that benefit from support from the state (Backiny-Yetna and Wodon, 2009).

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