For the 1st time in History, the World Bank Group has  joined forces with a group of world religious leaders in an attempt to end extreme poverty by 2030. The Partnership has been developed out of a concept of the World Bank President Mr. Jim Yong Kim. More than 30 religious leaders and heads of global faith-based organizations have signed this joint statement. As part of the initiative, the World Bank has planned to develop new tools for more coordination with religious groups in countries where it works.

It’s an extreme honor to see a Member of Fusion Board of Management; Dr. Vinya Ariyaratne (General Secretary – Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement) as a part of the High Level Panel of 6 World Religious Leaders that discussed the role of faith in combating poverty with the World Bank President.

Dr. Vinya Ariyaratne sharing the Panel Discussion platform with 5 other World Religious Leaders and the World Bank President

The World Bank plans to work on getting more faith leaders involved in its future events. Experts in development and in religion will meet once again from July 7th-9th to discuss evidence for how religion makes a difference in sustainable development.