The Faith and Finance Fair, hosted by the University of Bristol, Public Spirit and FaithAction will bring together faith-based and community organisations, researchers and others to share information that can help boost social action and shape local delivery. 11 July 2016, Woburn House Conference Centre, London, WC1H 9HQ
Drawing on preliminary results from Faith and Finance Survey, we are uncovering a variety of ways in which faith-based organisations and charities are making a significant contribution to alleviating poverty, tackling financial exclusion and advocating ethical products and interest-free forms of credit.
Call for Evidence: What role do faith organisations play in creating ethical financial services and reducing debt?
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Public Spirit and the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity & Citizenship are delighted to announce the launch of our new project on ‘Public Faith and Finance’, investigating the role of faith-based organisations in developing sustainable and ethical alternatives to market-based finance.
FRANCIS DAVIS: To challenge payday lenders, religious groups must focus on details rather than talking in general concepts.
TAREK EL DIWANY: On 23 October 2013 Public Spirit hosted a debate on: ‘Can public faith help rebuild the link between morality and markets?’ In this response, Tarek El Diwany highlights the need to challenge the ‘MBA consensus’ that shapes the financial sector, and suggests Islamic finance offers a starting point for making change.
LIZ CARNELLEY: In 2013 Public Spirit hosted a debate on the question: ‘Can public faith help rebuild the link between morality and markets?’ In this response, Liz Carnelley of CUF argues that faith groups need to be more vocal about what they believe, and be more collaborative to challenge a ‘culture of acquisition’.
ELAINE HOUSBY: The main targets of the British government’s attempts to attract Islamic funds are the extractive economies of the Gulf – which offer a narrow interpretation of Islam. Yet look beyond this and it is possible to find deeper principles in Islamic finance that overlap with the strong British tradition of mutualism.
SHENAZ BUNGLAWALA: The ninth WIEF tapped into the new breed of ‘halal consumers’, but will it help remoralise finance?