Development Reflections:

A Bahá’í-inspired Network


A dedicated group of people working in international development and humanitarian response were interested in creating a learning, resource and information network and platform, to promote the articulation and application of the Universal Bahá’í principles in professional settings where we operate globally , be it the United Nations, Government donors, International and local NGOs, foundations, academic institutions or private sector.

This group is the result of that exploration open to people of any belief to elevate and contribute to the wider social discourse on important international development issues. While some Bahá’í-inspired organizations have been pioneering new approaches and generating valuable lessons, it is important to share this information more widely.

This is a place to connect with others working in international development, to ask a question or raise an issue you think deserves discussion or just have a tale to tell? go right ahead, we welcome all ideas and thoughts.

Check out our upcoming webinars.


on July 8 at 11 AM EST

Using ebbf’s zoom room link here:


Facebook Group here 

The document Betterment of the World, was recently released by OSED. It “describes the ongoing process of learning about development from the local to the global level. It offers an illustration of how Bahá’í social and economic development is being carried out in practice. The sections that immediately follow provide a brief discussion on some of the main concepts that guide Bahá’í activities in the sphere of development”.

A webinar will be held on July 8 at 11 AM EST to discuss the document, facilitated by Elena Toukan and Duncan Hanks. After brief presentations about the logic of the document, we will discuss it in depth and seek to understand its conceptual foundations. Depending on the interest, we could organize a follow-up session for more discussion and consideration of practical applications of the document.

We ask you to read the document and come prepared with some questions and comments based on your readings, these can also be added to the comments below (in the Facebook “Development Reflections” page) or emailed to Elena or Darren
Elena is a PhD candidate in education and development at the University of Toronto, including a case study on the Baha’i community schools in Central African Republic, and a collaborator of OSED supporting the Preparation for Social Action program. Duncan is the director of the Canadian Baha’i International Development Agency and former administrator of Nur University.



FUNDAEC – The Benefits of Decades of Development Learning

Leslie Stewart

Click to View video webinar recording

Click here to listen to the second part of the presentation with the question and answer audio recording

Click here to view FUNDAEC’s principles and key activities

And Click here to download the document by Dr. Farzam Arbab .
Rural University: Learning about Development

Consultation in complex projects

Françoise Le Goff

Click to View video webinar recording

Education and empowerment of communities through SAT in Honduras
Soheil Dooki and Leslie Stewart 
Youtube video on SAT Honduras:
What’s really wrong with development & How to fix it?
July 2017
Anisa Khadem Nwachuku
Ideas on a radical redefinition of the operating paradigm in international development and conceptual thinking and framing
June 18th, 2017

How Baha’i approaches in international development development differ from mainstream development approaches- observations from West Africa (Ghana) and South Asia (Pakistan).