Faith-based and secular humanitarian organizations

Faith-based organizations share many characteristics with their secular counterparts and this article identifies some of these similarities as well as some of the differences. It also highlights some of the differences within the faith-based community, particularly between Christian organizations involved in humanitarian assistance.

About the author

Elizabeth Ferris
Senior fellow at the Brookings Institution

Elizabeth Ferris is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and co-director of the Brookings–LSE Project on Internal Displacement. Her most recent book, The Politics of Protection: The Limits of Humanitarian Action, was published in 2011.