Mapping UK Muslim Development NGOs
Religions and Development Research Programme
The Religions and Development Research programme (2005-2010) is working with research partners elsewhere in the UK and also in Nigeria, Pakistan, India and Tanzania. In addition, it has forged a non-academic partnership with Islamic Relief Worldwide, which is also based in Birmingham. In particular, it is working with Islamic Relief’s Policy and Research Unit. The collaboration has taken the form of a joint appointment, in order to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and research in both directions between the programme and Islamic Relief. As part of this collaboration, a joint project to identify the Muslim development NGOs based in the UK, explore their thinking on development issues, provide a better understanding of their capacity, and understand existing links as a foundation for further networking and cooperation was embarked upon. This report summarises the initial mapping stage of this work. However, tracing and obtaining information from the organisations proved to be difficult and time-consuming, while the idea of facilitating a network was overtaken by other initiatives, so the intended further stages of the project were not pursued. In particular, in 2007 a new umbrella body called the Muslim Charities Forum was initiated by Dr Hany El Banna, the then president of Islamic Relief Worldwide.
This work was undertaken by Mohammed Ralf Kroessin, who was Assistant Chief Executive Officer of Muslim Aid before being appointed as Research Associate in the Religions and Development Research Programme and Islamic Relief Worldwide’s Policy and Research Unit from 2006-7.
Kroessin, M (2009) Mapping UK Muslim Development NGOs, Religions and Development Research Programme [Online]. Available: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/Documents/college-social-sciences/government-society/rad/working-papers/wp-30.pdf