The overall goal of this thesis is to examine the newly emerging ideas and
practices of spirituality and development. Spirituality and development will be
discussed within the broader discourses of alternative development critiques.
The issues that arise in the attempts to translate ideas of spirituality and
development into practice are examined. The theoretical underpinnings of
spirituality and development are analyzed, based on a literature review of
spiritual, anti-colonial, post-colonial, feminist, environmental, radical
economic, eco-feminist, ecumenical, geographical and anthropological
critiques of development. The thesis then explores the discourses of
spirituality and development within three Northern donor agencies; the
International Development and Research Centre (IDRC), the World Bank
and the World Council of Churches (WCC)... cont'd
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.