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U.S. Government Sponsors Regional Conference on ‘‘the Role of Religious and Community Leaders in Advancing Development in Asia”

Conference participants

U.S. Ambassador James F. Moriarty addresses the conference. He is accompanied by State Minister of Religious Affairs Advocate Al-Haj Muhammad Shahjahan Mia (right) and USAID Bangladesh Mission Director Denise Rollins (left). Dhaka, March 21

Regional conference on "The Role of Religious and Community Leaders in Advancing Development in Asia" sponsored by the United States Government through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and co-hosted by The Asia Foundation was held in Dhaka on March 21-24.

Seventy religious and community leaders from fourteen countries across Asia came together for the conference with the aims to facilitate dialogue and exchange of experiences among religious and traditional leaders of multiple faiths, political actors, and development practitioners.

Conference participants shared ideas on the critical roles that traditional leaders of society, including religious and community leaders, play in promoting good governance, gender equality, health and family planning, creating income opportunities, and in disaster preparation and response.