Faith and Charity

Religion and Humanitarian Assistance in West Africa

Marie Nathalie LeBlanc and Louis Audet Gosselin

Faith and Charity

Marie Nathalie LeBlanc and Louis Audet Gosselin

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224 pages | 5 1/3 x 8 1/2 | © 2016
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745336732 Published November 2016 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Since the 1980s, programs of humanitarian assistance in Africa have for the most part operated along neoliberal lines. Faith and Charity examines how that approach has changed relationships between religious action, humanitarian assistance, and social change. Exploring the logics of economic liberalization, including the reduction of government spending and the rise of the private sector, the authors look at how these changes have also transformed the attitudes of individuals towards society and the economy in ways that privilege individual achievement over any kind of collective well-being.
 
Contents
Series Preface
Acknowledgements
List of Acronyms 

1. Introduction: Faith, Charity, and the Ethics of Volunteerism in West Africa, by Marie Nathalie LeBlanc and Louis Audet Gosselin
2. Reflections On The Socio-Political Roles Of Islamic NGOs In West Africa: Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso, by Mathias Savadogo, Muriel Gomez-Perez and Marie Nathalie LeBlanc
3. Muslim NGOs In Côte D’ivoire: Towards an Islamic Culture of Charity, by Issouf Binaté
4. Catholic NGOs In Burkina Faso And Côte D'ivoire: A Case Apart? by Louis Audet Gosselin and Boris Koenig
5. Precarious Agency In The Face Of ‘Good Governance’: The NGO-isation of Muslim Women’s Associations in Côte d’Ivoire, by Marie Nathalie LeBlanc
6. Leaders Of National And Transnational Muslim NGOs In Burkina Faso: Diverse Forms and Experiences of Islamic Civic Engagement, by Kathéry Couillard, Frédérick Madore and Muriel Gomez-Perez
7. Private Evangelical Assistance To Orphans And Vulnerable Children In Burkina Faso: Religious Voluntarism and the Road to Success, by Louis Audet Gosselin
8. From Local To Transnational Challenges: Religious Leaders and Muslim NGOs in Burkina Faso, by Mara Vitale
9. Christian Citizenship, Evangelical NGOs, And The Ethics Of Holistic Rehabilitation among Socially Marginalised Groups In Côte D’ivoire, by Boris Koenig
10. Conclusion, by Louis Audet Gosselin and Marie Nathalie LeBlanc

Notes
Bibliography
Notes on Contributors
Index
Review Quotes
Spectrum Culture
"Faith and Charity is exhaustive in its portrait of Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso. It provides immense detail and truly leaves the reader with a sense of what life is like in a part of the world with which most U.S. citizens are completely unfamiliar."
Jonathan Benthall, author of Islamic Charities and Islamic Humanism in Troubled Times
''In this outstanding collection, familiar debates about the depoliticizing effects of charity, the marketization of civil society, and the ambiguities of religious networks are given fresh life by scrupulous evidence from francophone west Africa unthinkable twenty years ago when a crude secularization model still dominated. Incidentally, some unfair stereotypes of Islamic charities are held up to the light.'' 
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