Books with a focus on a topical ethical issues written by academics and researchers, usually with a continental or regional relevance.

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  • Speaking Truth to Power

    Muthuraj, Joseph G. (, 2015)
    The demand for a better power control and accountability in the Indian Christian Churches underlines the issue of transforming traditional leadership models. The Church of South India (CSI) is a unique church since it is the pioneer of a united and uniting church since 1947, uniting the Anglican, Methodist, Presbyterian and Congregationalist denominations of the missionary churches. With over 4 million members, it is a powerful church even though Christians in India represent a small minority. The process of a constitutional reform is currently debated to change the character of this church from a united to an episcopal church with an accumulation of power in the role of the moderator. The controversy about this reform is linked to ongoing criticisms about corruption in many of the CSI-related institutions. On this background, church governance becomes a hot issue of power control and accountability, and above all, of the faithfulness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the credibility of the community of believers.
  • Corruption-Free Churches are Possible [Tamil version]

    Stückelberger, Christoph (, 2010)
    "In spite of all the efforts and successes during the last twenty years corruption remains a major ethical challenge around the globe and one of the main obstacles to development. This study concentrates on a sector, on which not many publications are available: churches, mission organizations and development agencies"
  • Responsible Leadership In Action (, 2015)
    How to be a responsible leader in the context of the world crises today? This was the guiding question of the 6th edition of the Global Ethics Forum (GEF), that took place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 25-27 June 2015. The GEF 2015, a cross-sectoral and multinational gathering, provided an ideal multidimensional platform of discussion for this topic, witnessing lots of cross - fertilization. Next to reflecting the state and need for responsible leadership in the different sectors and regions, the Forum emphasized the exploration of solutions for both general and issue- or sector-specific challenges. These include projects for codes of ethics implementation, for improved access to jobs, enhanced responsible investment, values-driven education, responsible resource management and many more. This report presents a summary of the entire conference including recommendations and projects for action. The GEF Conferences, organized by, represent the moments of refueling of an ongoing, dynamic process to create a values-based world, society and economy. They are the joint effort of a global family of values-driven individuals and institutions.
  • Social Ethics in Inter-Religious Interaction

    Muhammadsyah Siregar, Ferry; Nina Mariani, Noor (, 2015)
    It seems impossible to think of religion’s contribution to the development of social ethics when religion is practiced in a space and time where it is in its ostensibly exclusive form. In the last few years, the Indonesian space has been letting out an ambiance of presenting a closed understanding of religious guidance to followers who adhere to it with minimum wiggle space for the “goodness” of God’s guidance to embrace the people out there. Generosity to contribute a part of religious tradition to another group, on the one hand, is held back by the spirit of differentness and history of enmity, while on the other, the willingness to acquire from the neighbouring treasure-trove is obstructed by the concern of tainting the “holy” teaching of religion itself. In addition to that, how shared living spaces which overlaps in various issues with an individual and/ or religious followers living spaces is established so that all the people in a diverse society as Indonesia can live life freely, safely, and peacefully, as well as advance their self-potential without fear or prejudice from other members. Notions of this matter can be obtained from religious sources, although this is achieved sometimes by developing a certain exegesis of religious principles, that is through the creation of a wholly new exegesis or acquiring a dated source aged by history. Aside from technical knowledge in reading of religious text, this effort takes courage. The writings provided to the reader of this book, although collected under the title “Social Ethics in Inter Religious Interaction”, consist of nine articles which could be further specified into three categories: five writings regarding religious theme of particular traditions, three writings referring to social theme which take on thoughts from religious traditions, and one writing discussing public space where religion plays a role as a quite determining factor.
  • La gouvernance éthique des ressources en eaux transfrontalières

    Wand'Arhasima, Lucien (, 2015)
    Le monde connaît plus de deux cents bassins situés sur le territoire d’au moins deux pays ou bassins internationaux. Cette étude rend compte des divers facteurs expliquant le retard à adopter une bonne gouvernance visant la conservation de la biodiversité dans la gestion des ressources en eaux transfrontalières du lac de Tanganyika, en République Démocratique du Congo. Les observations que le lecteur découvrira ici reflètent non seulement le cas de la région des Grands Lac de la RD Congo mais s’appliquent aussi ailleurs, elles indiquent les progrès indispensables en vue de gérer les bassins africains dans leur ensemble. Enquiring what determines the delay of the DRC North Tanganyika Lake population in handling a biodiversity conservatory behavior towards the lake and its basin by respecting the natural resources better management principles (NRBMP), this study has focused, by focus groups and conversation, using the proportional pilling in order to point out the percentage of scores for each criterion of that management, to all the concerned parts of the environmental questions whose the activities affect directly or indirectly the lake’s biodiversity: the local authorities, leaders, NGOs members and civil community service office and the Tanganyika Lake Authority (TLA), fishermen, the ship - owners, farmers, wood exploiters, researchers and students with the purpose of knowing who does what in conservation management, how they justify their handling in link with the NRBM principles, how they are mobilized and engaged.
  • Equal in an Unequal World (, 2014)
    How to tackle the growing inequality that characterizes the beginning of this 21st century ? This was the guiding question for the 5th edition of the Global Ethics Forum (GEF) which took place in Bangalore, India, from 3-5 January 2014. In the context of the five deepening global crises — economic, financial, environmental, political, leadership — inequality has become a key challenge in the transition towards a sustainable model of development. It is a phenomenon that is both universal, as inequality exists between and in segments of society on a global and national level, and multidimensional, since the concerning issues range from gender and wealth distribution to access to education. The GEF in 2014 discussed the multidimensional challenges of inequality and explored good practices and possibilities for tackling them, such as a sharing economy, corporate transparency, holistic business education, and many more. This report presents a summary of the conference, with recommendations and projects for action. It mentions as well’s draft ‘Declaration on Principles of Equality and Inequality for a Sustainable Economy’, which was widely endorsed by the forum. The annual GEF conferences, organized by, represent moments for refueling the work behind this ongoing, dynamic process towards creating a values based world, society and economy. They are the joint effort of a global family of values driven individuals and institutions.
  • Peacebuilding Initiatives of the Presbyterian Church in Post-Genocide Rwandan Society

    Nsengimana, Cèlestin (, 2015)
    The dilemma between the sermon of love and peace proclaimed in Rwanda by Churches and their failure to contribute to the prevention of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsis in Rwanda brought the researcher to wonder whether the speech and actions of EPR as one of Protestant Churches in Rwanda, could have any impact on the human behaviour. Through that dilemma between the negative impact of the Church mission in the pregenocide Rwanda and its will to pursue the mission in the post-genocide era by contributing to the process of post-conflict peacebuilding, the research problem can be formulated as follows: Is there any effect of peacebuilding initiatives of the Presbyterian Church in the post-Genocide Rwandan society?
  • Sustainable Business Relations between China and Africa (, 2015)
    The Ethics Institute of South Africa (EthicsSA) conducted a survey in a number of African countries to gauge local perceptions towards Chinese Business in Africa, in order to have reliable data available for discussion. The findings of the survey were published in February 2014 and indicated that many Africans had negative perceptions about the impact of Chinese business in their countries. In order to address the perceptions that emerged from the survey, it was decided to organise a three day dialogue between a delegation from China and Africa respectively. The theme of the dialogue was Sustainable business relations between China and Africa. The dialogue took place outside Pretoria, South Africa in August 2014, and was moderated by a neutral facilitator in the person of Prof. Christoph Stückelberger, Executive Director of based in Geneva, Switzerland. It provided a platform for in-depth discussions between a Chinese and an African delegation; this report includes many proposals how to improve business relations between China and Africa.
  • L’État africain et les mécanismes culturels traditionnels de transformation des conflits

    Muchukiwa Rukakiza, Bosco; Bishweka Cimenesa, Antoine; Kapapa Masonga, Camille (, 2015)
    Depuis 1990, la République Démocratique du Congo est déchirée par des conflits politiques, fonciers, miniers, de nationalité, de leadership et de contrôle des entités politico-administratives. Les divers conflits observés dans ce pays ont été à la base des insurrections, des rébellions, de la formation des groupes armés et des milices locales. L’État congolais a essayé de transformer ces conflits sans grand succès. Les associations tant nationales qu’internationales aidant cet État congolais ont également partiellement échoué. Ces échecs constatés à tous les niveaux sont liés à l’importation des méthodes de transformation des conflits nationaux qui ne tiennent pas compte des particularités provinciales et locales. Or, les provinces en proie aux différents conflits sont constituées de diverses tribus ayant chacune ses propres valeurs culturelles traditionnelles et des procédures de transformation des conflits. Confrontés à la survivance de ces valeurs et procédures qui s’érigent en résistances au changement social, l’État congolais et ses partenaires notamment les organisations nationales, internationales ainsi que les organisations locales commencent à s’interroger sur la nécessité et la manière d’intégrer ces mécanismes culturels traditionnels dans la gouvernance moderne pour le maintien de l’unité nationale et la cohésion sociale. Part of the Publications project:
  • Familienethik

    Stückelberger, Christoph (, 2015)
    Familien befinden sich weltweit in einem tiefgehenden Wandel. Vielfältige Formen von Lebensgemeinschaften werden nebeneinander gelebt. Familie ist dabei immer noch die mit Abstand häufigste Form. Welche ethischen Orientierungen zur Gestaltung der Familien in den verschiedenen kulturellen und religiösen Kontexten ergeben sich? Welche Massnahmen zur Weiterentwicklung der Familienpolitiken sind nötig? Die Studie entwickelt antworten in drei Schritten: Die Grundlage bilden Familiendefinitionen und demographisch-soziologische Fakten. Der Kern bilden familienethische Orientierungen für tragfähige Beziehungen. Die Konkretion führt zu familienpolitischen Empfehlungen und Forderungen. Der Schwerpunkt liegt auf dem europäischen Kontext, mit weltweiten Bezügen. Die Studie bringt die christlich-protestantische Perspektive in den Dialog ein, mit seiner Betonung der Freiheit, Partnerschaftlichkeit und Verantwortung gegenüber dem Einzelnen und der Gemeinschaft. [In the vast majority of countries worldwide, a variety of forms of communities exist side-by-side, but the family remains the dominant and by far most common form of cohabitation. Many questions of great ethical relevance are controversial and broadly discussed, such as gender roles, education of children, high divorce rates, youth violence and financing family support, social welfare and building family-friendly taxes by social policies. Which ethical orientations can be found shaping the family in vari-ous cultural and religious contexts? What measures are necessary for developing family politics in the various countries? Answers to such questions will be developed in this study in three steps. The emphasis lies on the Swiss-European context, while consciously drawing upon situations around the world.]
  • De la violence à la réconciliation

    Vavi, Jules Kamabu Vangi Si (, 2014)
    La violence. Voilà plus qu’un simple mot, une réalité qui déchire chaque être humain, homme, femme, enfant, jeune et vieux. Elle appartient à l’histoire humaine, tant celle-ci est histoire d’injures, de disputes, de discours manipulateurs, de luttes au corps-à-corps, d’affrontements entre groupes humains, de blessures, de viols, d’agressions, d’aliénations, de conflits, de guerres, de meurtres. Tout le monde peut en être acteur ou victime dans nos foyers, nos écoles, nos rues, nos marchés, nos stades, etc.
  • Etika Ekonomi dan Bisnis

    Wijaya, Yahya; Noor, Nina Mariani (, 2014)
    Menghubungkan antara bisnis dan agama seringkali dianggap tabu baik oleh kalangan bisnis sendiri maupun kalangan pegiat agama.Bagi sebagian kalangan pegiat agama, bisnis dinilai sebagai ranah yang penuh dosa, sedangkan agama adalah ranah yang suci. Mencampurkan keduanya dianggap mempertaruhkan kesucian agama. Bagi sebagian kalangan bisnis, agama adalah utopia: prinsipnya baik dan benar tetapi tidak realistik paling tidak untuk situasi konkret saat ini. Anggapan semacam itu sama sekali tidak menolong para pebisnis yang juga penghayat agama. Seringkali mereka harus hidup dalam dua dunia yang terasa bertentangan. Ketika menjalankan bisnis mereka harus meninggalkan atau mengesampingkan keyakinan agama, dan ketika menjalankan ibadah mereka harus melupakan atau menyesalkan bisnis mereka tanpa pernah bisa meninggalkannya
  • Codes, Statements, Action Plans

    Stückelberger, Christoph (, 2010)
    This code was worked out at an ecumenical consultation on the Programme for Ecumenical Rethinking and Leadership, in Hyderabad, India, 29 November-1 December 2001
  • Corruption in Africa

    Nduku, Elizabeth; Tenamwenye, John (, 2014)
    Corruption has always existed in different forms, and is not determined by politics or geography. It exists in rich and poor countries alike, it involves both individual States and international organizations and its costs are borne by the citizens. It affects the proper running of governments, distorts the correct functioning of economic and political institutions and hampers transparency, exploits the human person for selfish interests, renders respect for rules obsolete and is a manifestation of structural sin.
  • Evolving Standards and Expectations for Responsible Mining

    Hart, Ramsey; Coumans, Catherine (, 2014)
    MiningWatch Canada is the only national independent civil society organization with an exclusive focus on mining in Canada and Canadian mining companies’ operations internationally. In 2005, MiningWatch Canada collaborated with other NGOs to develop the Framework for Responsible Mining: A Guide to Evolving Standards. The project was the result of a perceived need by NGOs and retailers, particularly from the jewellery sector, for a framework that would set out environmental, social, and governance standards for the minerals sector ‘providing recommendations for retailers and others seeking to source or invest responsibly, as well as regulate and encourage responsible mining practices’. This paper is a reflection on the Framework that examines key areas of concern and notes where the industry norms and expectations of civil society have evolved. The paper focuses on developments in social issues related to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, new initiatives associated with financial transparency, the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The environmental components of the Framework that are revisited are waste management.
  • Elements of Responsible Leadership (, 2007)
    In today’s globalised and interconnected world, most societies are challenged by a fast transition of structures and values. Therefore, former models, guidelines and practices of leadership are changing. The call for ethical orientation for responsible leadership is widespread. ‘Responsible Leadership – Global and Contextual Ethical Challenges’ was the topic addressed at the International Conference, 22-26 September 2005 in Bangkok, Thailand. The participants explored elements of principles for responsible leadership in five areas, namely family, education, religion, business and politics. The principles outlined in this paper represent the outcome of the Bangkok conference. The participants, mostly ethicists, came from 22 countries in five continents in the South and North. They shared concerns and issues of crisis in leadership in various fields and different social, political, economic and religious contexts. Five keynote speeches and 25 papers were discussed in workshops and showed common concerns such as poverty and wealth, war and violence, lopsided development, the speed of transformation and its effects on family, education, religion, media in the light of the impact of globalisation on all spheres of life. Most of the contributors of came from a Christian background; however, the inclusion of interreligious perspectives is now increasing. The elements of principles for responsible leadership outlined below do not form a closed list but rather a suggestion for ongoing debate both among participants of the conference and a wider public interested in the topic.
  • Corruption in Construction and Management of Resources

    Church of South India (, 2010)
    The following report from one diocese of the Church of South India is an example of the mechanisms in misappropriation of funds in construction of buildings, management of land resources and project funds which may help to improve accountability.
  • Africans’ Perceptions of Chinese Business in Africa A Survey

    Geerts, Sofie; Xinwa, Namhla; Rossouw, Deon (, 2014)
    This survey measures Africans' perceptions of Chinese business in their countries. Such a survey is long overdue. Fifteen African countries with a large presence of Chinese companies were identified to participate in the survey. In total, 1,056 Africans completed an online questionnaire. The results indicate that Africans are happy with Chinese investment in that it contributes to development. They are, however, concerned about its economic, workplace, social and environmental impacts
  • Ethics in Politics

    Girardin, Benoît (, 2012)
    This book is an affirmation: Yes, ethics in politics is possible – and it pays off. It is not a naive dream. The author chooses a pragmatic approach and tests whether value orientation can make a difference in politics and how. He presents practical cases and outlines criteria for dealing with dilemmas. He singles out four fundamental ethical values to achieve: limitation of power, effectiveness, accountability and justice.
  • Etika Media Dalam Komunikasi Lintas Agama [

    Nugroho, Alois A. (, 2014)
    Masing-masing media memiliki karakter sendiri, sehingga para komunikator menyeleksi media apa yang paling cocok dengan pesanpesan yang akan mereka sampaikan kepada khalayak. Media merupakan pesan (“the medium is the message”) kata pakar komunikasi yang bernama Marshall McLuhan (McLuhan, 1964; Federman, 2004). Media berpengaruh pada corak hubungan antar manusia dan antar kelompok manusia. Ketika televisi sudah merupakan barang yang dimiliki oleh masyarakat dari segala lapisan, muncul keluhan bahwa anak-anak sekarang lebih banyak duduk di depan televisi dan kurang bergaul, bermain, berlarian, dengan teman-teman sebaya. Telepon seluler dan internet sekarang pun sudah diwaspadai sebagai alat yang “mendekatkan yang jauh”, tetapi juga “menjauhkan yang dekat”. Manusia, muda maupun tua, tak punya waktu bergaul dengan tetangga dekat atau bahkan orang serumah, karena sibuk berkomunikasi,

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