This background paper is concerned with the intersection between Hinduism and international development. It provides an overview of existing studies, discusses the views of some of the main academic interpreters who have drawn attention to links between Hinduism and issues relevant to development, and refers to relevant religious organizations.
The paper is divided into three main sections. The first section aims to clarify what is meant by the 'Hindu tradition'. The second section explores the relationship between Hinduism and some concepts and debates relevant to development. The final secion contains a more focused investigation into some important contemporary development issues and the ways that Hindus might approach them.
Working Paper No.19, Religions and Development Research Programme, University of Birmingham, UK, ISBN 0-7044-276506, 66 pp.