From dialogue to diapraxis in international development?

Azza Karam*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The United Nations Population Fund pioneered peer-to-peer strategic Learning Exchanges in 2010, designed and facilitated by the author. Thus effectively creating the only space in the United Nations where policy and programme officers convened, on an equal footing, with faith-based actors, to assess multi religious dynamics as they interacted with issues of development, peace and security, and human rights. This inter-religious diapraxis, effectively, was catalytic to the normalization of 'engagement' between secular development officials and diplomats, and their religious counterparts in many religiously inspired organizations. The Strategic Learning Exchanges were also conducive to the formation of several programmatic alliances, or partnerships between the UN, governments and Faith-Based NGOs (FBOs). This article reflects on some of the developments and outcomes of this form of diapraxis, while also warning that increasing partnerships not withstanding, such alliances are not always conducive to the realization of human rights.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-39
Number of pages7
Issue number29
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2019


  • Diapraxis
  • Gender
  • Human rights
  • Inter religious dialogue
  • Partnerships
  • Religion
  • Strategic learning exchanges


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