Introduction to a Special Issue on Making Markets Work for the Rural Poor
Faith and Economics, Forthcoming
11 Pages Posted: 26 Jun 2008
This special issue originates with a three week Seminar in Christian Scholarship that Calvin College graciously hosted in July 2005 on the topic, "Making Markets Work for the Rural Poor: Christian Mission and Global Enterprise". This seminar involved 14 participants from 10 different colleges and universities and 2 non-academic research institutions in the United States and Europe, as well as a visiting speaker from the Rockefeller Foundation. It was an exceptionally talented group with a wealth of energy, experience and skills. This made for rich interactions within the group, drawing on practical as well as technical expertise, a range of spiritual traditions, and different experiences from around the world, domestically and internationally. The seminar not only fostered networking and fellowship among Christian development economists, it also sparked original research, including new collaborations such as those reflected in the Boughton et al. and Wilson and Stapleford contributions to this special issue. We organized an Association of Christian Economists session at the January 2007 meetings in Chicago based on a selection of papers submitted for this special issue. And following rigorous peer review, we now introduce this set of four papers.
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