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Dear CIHA blog readers,

We wish everyone an insightful and interesting 2012! We are delighted to begin the year with a post by Jonathan Agensky, who is completing his Ph.D. at Cambridge and has been working on faith-based NGOs in Sudan. Jonathan raises the critical issue of whether and how what we might call "secularist" assumptions shape attitudes about faith-based NGOs, particularly but not exclusively in the West and in academia. He argues that we need to look both at the similarities between faith-based and secular aid organizations, and the differences between faith-based organizations themselves, particularly how they work in specific contexts, to be able to assess their influence and record.

With your help, we are striving to create a growing forum to address the many contours and perspectives within ongoing debates about humanitarianism in Africa. Please help us grow (we now have a readership of over 1000 people across Africa, North America, Europe, and parts of Asia) by sharing our site with interested friends and colleagues, and letting us know!

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Cecelia Lynch
Blog Editor, CIHA
Professor, Department of Political Science
Director, Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies

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