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Rethinking Development Partnerships in the Muslim World


Institute For Middle East Studies

With a newly elected US administration preparing to take office, the speakers will present their views on how development efforts in the Muslim world can be reconfigured. They will consider how programming could be better aligned with the diversity of religious beliefs and practices in Muslim societies and what development practitioners can do to foster meaningful partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders in the Muslim world.


  • Shahed Amanullah is a Co-Founder of Affinis Labs.

  • Afeefa Syeed is a Senior Fellow and Advisory Council Member at the Institute for Global Engagement’s Center for Women, Faith & Leadership.

  • Novia Sagita is a Co-founder and Managing Director at Planet Indonesia.

  • Saman Amir is a MA student in International Development Studies at GW.