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Christianity, Development and Modernity In Africa$
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Paul Gifford

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190495732

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190495732.001.0001

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Catholicism and Development

Catholicism and Development

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Christianity, Development and Modernity In Africa

Paul Gifford

Oxford University Press

Africa’s Catholic Church has long been characterized by its involvement in health and education, an involvement now extended to every form of development. As Western donors have turned from to corrupt governments to elements of civil society, church-related bodies have increasingly become recipients of this Western development aid. The increasing availability of funds for development, at the same time as funding for specifically religious purposes has decreased, has tended to shift the focus of Africa’s mainline Christian churches towards development, none more so than Africa’s Catholic Church. This shift has not occurred without tension; popes particularly have emphasised specifically Catholic elements, and this shift has increasingly distinguished the Catholic Church from Pentecostalism, which many Africans see as catering for specifically religious needs like identifying spiritual causes for their misfortunes.

Keywords:   Development, Aid, Donors, Civil Society, NGO-ization

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