Studies show that 80 percent of the world's population consider religion to be an important factor in their lives. In developing countries, this figure is even higher.
Religious organisations and institutions have historically contributed with health services, education and relief. At the same time, trust in religious organisations and local religious leaders is in many places higher than trust in e.g., politicians and state institutions.
Nevertheless, religion is an overlooked factor in Danish development cooperation. There is simply a need for more knowledge about the importance of religion for development work in order to be able to work with poverty alleviation and a rights-based approach in societies where religion plays a large role.
Therefore, a number of Danish organisations have founded the Network for Religion and Development.