The World Social Forum, an international gathering of social movements, was held in Dakar, Senegal, from February 6th to 11th, 2011.
We co-organizing two workshops :
The issue n°389, December 2010, has just been released:
By Chico Whitaker
"It required courage and lucidity on the part of Chico Whitaker to break away from the praises presently given to Brazil’s success. Yes his pride of being a Brazilian is unscathed. Yes, Lula will have left his mark on his country. But all that should not hide inequalities or unacceptable drifts. And above all, one should not have capitalism unleashed as sole horizon for this new giant.?"
At the occasion of the 8th Asia-Europe People’s Forum held in Brussels from 2 to 5 October, the Centre Lebret-Irfed, member of the International Organizing Committee, co-organized a workshop on “Religious diversity, secularism, citizenship and democracy”.
This workshop continues the discussions and debates that took place in the previous workshops, organized in the framework of AEPF, dealing with issues concerning the rise of religious fundamentalism and extremism in Asia and Europe, the link of financial globalization with this phenomenon and its effects on people’s lives, and the dialogue of civilisations, cultures and religions as an alternative for security and peace.
Read here the report of the workshop.
The question raised during the workshop, of how states and governments can face and manage religious diversity is an acute one, both in Europe and in Asia.
It is therefore a subject we shall follow-up, both by compiling facts and experiences, and offering a platform to think of possible solutions and strategies.
For further information and to contribute to the debate and send texts of reference, please contact us.
The goal of this meeting was to reconsider the fundamental ideas of Lebret’s thought, bringing together the Centre Lebret-Irfed, the French "Antennes Lebret", certain members of the Lebret International Network, as well as a few other individuals and organizations we want to cooperate with.
We also wanted to build common dynamics and renew alliances to keep Lebret’s legacy and practice alive.
For further information, please contact us.
In this section, you will find some texts by Denis Goulet.
This American economist was a human development theorist and a founder of work on development ethics as an independent field of study. Goulet’s definition of Development Ethics is that it is a field that examines the ethical and value questions related to development theory, planning, and practice.
Goulet was a professor emeritus in the Department of Economics and Policy Studies at University of Notre Dame. He had also served as a faculty fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.
From June to December 1960, he worked as an economic analyst in L.-J. Lebret’s IRFED, in Lebanon. He was invited to teach in the Irfed from September 1962 to June 1963.
The International Youth Encounter held in Karur from May 20th to 26th, 2009, was the first joint initiative of the Centre Lebret-Irfed and AREDS devoted to youth leaders. This effort to organize an international activity with young adults principally from Asia, was consciously taken to give the space to this very important mobilizing sector of society.
Concept paper for the workshop organized on February 9th
World Social Forum – Dakar 2011
Date: February 9, 2011
Time: 8:30 – 11:30
Place: Cheikh Anta Diop University
Religion is an inevitable force for social, economic, political and cultural change which should invent a new world. It puts forward the political ethics on which today’s globalisation and its anthropocentric vision of man are based : attacks on the environment, overpopulation, decline of biodiversity in agricultural and natural ecosystems etc., - consequences of this state of mind that imbues our society and pushes us to see animals, plants or nature in general as things created for the use of man and which he can make use of as he pleases.
The question that is posed is that of the meaning of our life, of the value that our society of consumption gives to life under all its forms.
The religious sphere structures groups in their social and religious practice and is often a synonym of violence in its interpretation and in human practices linked to it.
Religions do not only play a role in the relations between humanity and nature, but also in the relations within the human community, which also need questioning.
Considering the interposing of the economic, social, political and religious spheres, it is striking that the religious is so marginal in the re-interrogation that has been done of development approaches these past years.
Objective of the workshop:
Confront diverse opinions and experiences on the link between religion and social change in order to identify a richer vision of development that integrates the religious dimension.
Sophie Bessis (France),
Emmanuel Ndione (Enda GRAF),
Sally Rousset (Development and Civilisations Lebret-IRFED),
Serigne Saliou Mbacké (IFAPA),
Abbé Seck (Senegal)
Moderator: Cheikh Guèye (Enda Tiers Monde)
Sophie Bessis (Tunisia):
"We must reflect together on a type of ocupation of the social space by religions, which would not be an obstacle to citizenship"
Cheikh Saliou (IFAPA):
"Interreligious dialogue, not through theological debates but in action. Gather all the values shared by religions in order to avoid manipulation and bring solutions to the develoment problems."
Sally Rousset (Development and civilizations International Network):
"Religious diversity, secularism, citizenship and democracy: how can the experience and the analysis of grassroot organizations contribute to better understanding of the situations we are faced to and to the implementation of the "living together"."
"Grassroots organizations are increasingly challenged by the need to consider the link, within the territories where they operate, between the manifestations (positive or negative) of religion and their fields of commitment and action (fight against poverty, human rights, access to essential services, etc.)."
Father Jacques Seck (Senegal):
"Tolerance towards religious minorities? The issue is not to be tolerated, but to be recognized!"
Ludovic (Intercultural Lebret Centre of Dakar):
"For religion to be a driving force for development, we should get out of the dualmanipulation: the political that tries to manipulate the religious, the religion that tries tomanipulate the political …"