The network’s aims are oriented towards the interpretation and implementation of the UN SDGs:
- To create significant, lasting connections between the involved countries regarding research endeavours and experience on the intersections between religions and development.
- To forge bi-lateral pathways in development research and practice between secular and faith-based actors.
- To further inter-disciplinary and cross-sectoral collaboration in religions and development research by creating arenas for knowledge exchange and methodological debates.
These aims will be pursued via the following objectives:
- To connect and promote the study the role of religion in development policy and practice in the three countries and beyond, via the network conferences, website, and joint publications.
- To invite and integrate the contribution of faith-based actors in the activities and management of the research network, especially as it pertains to setting development policy, and the translation of the SDGs
into vernacular practice.
- To deliberately programme all activities such that they promote the discussion of innovative methodologies and comparative analyses, while highlighting the contribution of the Arts & Humanities, especially the study of religions, to the implementation of the SDGs.