The vision of the Theology and Development Programme is the increased capacity of Christian leadership in Africa to reflect on and be engaged in social transformation for the public good.

The Theology and Development Programme is located within the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) on the Pietermaritzburg campus. Established in the mid-1990s, it offers an exciting Postgraduate programme that draws students from around the world, but especially throughout the African continent, to reflect on issues of social transformation from a Christian theological perspective.

During the past 20 years almost 300 leaders active in the church, academy and society have graduated with a BTh (Hons), MTh or PhD degree. Past and current students hail from a variety of nations including Angola, Botswana, Brazil, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Democratic Republic of Congo, Germany, Ghana, India, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, The Netherlands, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, South Korea, Tanzania, Uganda, United Kingdom, USA, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

The Programme introduces students to a range of issues concerning development discourse and practice, and encourages them to adopt a critical, prophetic theological approach to these issues that can potentially advance responsible social transformation. Lectures, seminars, workshops, discussions and research engage with an impressive array of themes such as: advocacy and agency, biotechnology, climate change, conflict and war, contextual bible study, corruption, critical development theories, debt, displacement, domestic violence, economic justice, environmental citizenship, ethical leadership, faith and spirituality, food security / sovereignty, freedom, gender justice, globalisation, health, HIV/AIDS, human dignity, human rights, identity and culture, indigenous knowledge, international aid, land, mission, participatory development, pedagogical liberation, poverty alleviation / eradication / reduction, religious assets, resistance and power, responsible citizenship, sustainable livelihoods, peace, work and labour, and various other contextually relevant topics.

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