Since the 1990s, most African economies and public spheres have been liberalised, and new civil society actors have emerged. As mapped out by Marie Nathalie LeBlanc and Louis Audet Gosselin, in West Africa Christian and Muslim organisations have come to dominate the field of humanitarian assistance.
Moving beyond mainstream development theory, Faith and Charity brings out the crucial role of religion in the development process and the interplay of moral and political ideologies. From faith-based NGOs to individual local activists, the authors explore how each group makes sense of, and contributes to, the wider process of social development in the neoliberal era.
Based on extensive research and deploying a sophisticated and original frame of analysis, Faith and Charity will make an important contribution to the existing literature on development anthropology and the anthropology of religion in Africa.
Marie Nathalie LeBlanc is an anthropologist and professor in the Department of Sociology at Universite du Quebec a Montreal. Her publications deal with religion and social change in Cote d'Ivoire with a special focus on youth, women and Islam. Louis Audet Gosselin is a historian and a sociologist, based at Universite du Quebec a Montreal. His current work focuses on the NGO-isation of Christian missions.
Series Preface Acknowledgements List of Acronyms 1. Introduction: Faith, Charity, and the Ethics of Volunteerism in West Africa - Marie Nathalie LeBlanc and Louis Audet Gosselin 2. Reflections On The Socio-Political Roles Of Islamic NGOs In West Africa: Senegal, Cote d'Ivoire and Burkina Faso - Mathias Savadogo, Muriel Gomez-Perez and Marie Nathalie LeBlanc 3. Muslim NGOs In Cote D'ivoire: Towards an Islamic Culture of Charity - Issouf Binate 4. Catholic NGOs In Burkina Faso And Cote D'ivoire: A Case Apart? - Louis Audet Gosselin and Boris Koenig 5. Precarious Agency In The Face Of `Good Governance': The NGO-isation of Muslim Women's Associations in Cote d'Ivoire - Marie Nathalie LeBlanc 6. Leaders Of National And Transnational Muslim NGOs In Burkina Faso: Diverse Forms and Experiences of Islamic Civic Engagement - Kathery Couillard, Frederick Madore and Muriel Gomez-Perez 7. Private Evangelical Assistance To Orphans And Vulnerable Children In Burkina Faso: Religious Voluntarism and the Road to Success - Louis Audet Gosselin 8. From Local To Transnational Challenges: Religious Leaders and Muslim NGOs in Burkina Faso - Mara Vitale 9. Christian Citizenship, Evangelical NGOs, And The Ethics Of Holistic Rehabilitation among Socially Marginalised Groups In Cote D'ivoire - Boris Koenig 10. Conclusion - Louis Audet Gosselin and Marie Nathalie LeBlanc Notes Bibliography Notes on Contributors Index