Development and emergency aid, like the society we live in today, is subject to change all the time. Faith-based organizations have been at the center of providing help for decades. Is there still a place for international religious NGOs in the 21st century? Of course! In this blog, we explore the reasons why. Faith-based organizations have an important role to play in the 21st centuryThrough a faith-based approach, organizations can develop more profound relationships with communities in developing countries. This is because religion is deeply rooted in many communities around the world. So it makes sense that faith-based organizations play a fundamental role in those communities. Additionally, religion has provided many social services.Wendy Tyndale is a development scholar at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University. In her 2003 analysis of a World Bank survey, she found that faith-based organizations have better networks in poor communities than the non-religious ones. She also concluded that religious leaders are more trusted there than any others. ‘Faith-based organizations are thus seen as essential agents both for influencing the opinions and attitudes of their followers and for carrying out development’, she writes.