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Spirit Guide: Katherine Marshall on the Role of Religion in International Development


What does religion have to do with International development? Katherine Marshall has studied this question for decades. She worked at the World Bank from 1971 to 2006 on development issues in Africa, Latin America, East Asia, and the Middle East and led the agency’s faith and ethics initiative. She's now a senior fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University and a professor of the practice of development, conflict, and religion in the Walsh School of Foreign Service. Marshall helped to create and now serves as the executive director of the World Faiths Development Dialogue and is also vice president of the G20 Interfaith Association. Marshall spoke with WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper about how religion and development work together.

Marshall is giving the keynote address at the Public Symposium on Religion and Nonprofit Leadership, hosted by the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Tennessee on Tuesday, April 6. You can register here.


Chrissy served as WUOT's News Director and host of monthly public affairs talk show Dialogue from late 2021 to early 2023. Her first job with the station was as weekend student announcer while earning her bachelor's in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee. She had previously been the station's local host for NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered news programs; occasionally filled in as host for WUOT's Morning and Afternoon Concerts; and won multiple awards for her interviews, feature stories, and Dialogue.