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Religion and Economy - Do We Need New Global Economic Ethics?

Wednesday, 19 June 2013, 11:30 a.m., Plenary Chamber

Hosted by International Institute for Religious Freedom and World Council of Churches

As the economy becomes more and more globalized, mistakes, mismanagement, misuse, corruption and crime have affected the whole world and created poverty for many. Overall ethical and just economic standards are needed to regain public trust and protect the poor. Because many people in the world practice religion and the major religions have a long history of moral discourse, this becomes an immediate topic for global religious players. Which ideas can they contribute and what practical experiences have they encountered in local communities?

In this workshop, three authorities on ethics and economics from two major world religions will present their cases and discuss how economics, media, ethics and religions can cooperate towards the common good. With backgrounds in Africa and Asia, they will outline the intellectual and religious discussions and illustrate their principles in the area of helping the poor, especially underprivileged woman and children, as well as in the area of banking. Can microfinance, ecobanking or Islamic banking be the solution?


Schirrmacher, Prof. Thomas
Director, International Institute for Religious Freedom, Bonn, Germany and Distinguished Professor of International Development, Meghalaya, India


Guptara, Ranjeet
Research Associate, Transforming Business Project, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Peralta, Athena
Consultant, Poverty, Wealth and Ecology Project of the World Council of Churches, Manila, Philippines

Salah, Omar
Attorney at Law, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Amsterdam, and Researcher/Lecturer at Tilburg University, The Netherlands

Complete workshop on soundcloud:

WS48 - Religion and Economy - Do We Need New Global Economic Ethics?