The Role of Religion in Poverty Alleviation in Africa

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Rev. Fr. Dr. Eric Oduro Wiafe is a priest of the Catholic Archdiocese of Accra, Ghana. He served as an Assistant Parish Priest, Youth Chaplain and vocations Director, President of the National Vocations Director of Ghana and President of the Accra Archdiocesan Priests Association. He was also a member of the Inter-Diocesan Tribunal of the Accra Ecclesiastical Province He obtained his Bachelor's degree in Sociology and the Study of Religions; and Master of Philosophy Degree in the Study of Religions from the University of Ghana. He proceeded to do a short study in International Communications at the International University in Germany, Bruchsal. He obtained his doctorate degree from the JOhann Wolfgang Goethe University in Germany. Among the books authored by him are: Arise Christian Youth: Essays in Christian Formation; The Rescue, Christianity and African Traditional Religion's Approach to Issues of Life and Death; Inter-religious Dialogue and Cooperation among the Three major Religions in Ghana; and The three Major Religions in Ghana: History, Theology and Influence.

The Role of Religion in Poverty Alleviation in Africa

Authored by Dr. Eric Oduro Wiafe

Is Africa a poor continent, a continent without hope? The answer is straightforward and definitely NO. Africa is not poor. The people are also not poor but they have been made poor by a multiplicity of factors. Africa as a continent is potentially endowed with rich natural and human resources. The question now is how the continent is working out of poverty so that the people experience, at least, some concrete glimpses of riches in their daily lives?
Also, it is a truism that Africans are religious and today the major religions in Africa are impacting on the lives of the people in a significant way from cradle to grave. On the one hand religion can be said to be helping in ameliorating poverty and on the other hand, it is used as an instrument of deepening the poverty status of the people. This places religion at the centre of both Africa's development and poverty. The writer therefore touches on the understanding of the three major religions in Africa of poverty and how the religious groups are trying to deal with this phenomenon of poverty. It is the hope that many people will gain from this work and contribute their quota to Africa's Renaissance.

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1456367196 / 9781456367190
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6" x 9"
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Religion / General

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