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Research Programme on Religious Communities and Sustainable Development

Marie-Luise Frost



Marie-Luise Frost (born 1986) studied Religious Studies, Area Studies Asia/Africa and Religion and Culture in Potsdam, Berlin, Lausanne and Oslo. Besides different freelance activities in the cultural field, she has been working as researcher in the Research Programme on Religious Communities and Sustainable Development at Humboldt University Berlin since 2015. She is Research Associate at the University of Pretoria.

Curriculum Vitae

  • 2017- Research Associate, Faculy of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • 2016- Researcher, Research Programme on Religious Communities and Sustainable Development, current project: Potentials of Cooperation with African Initiated Churches for Sustainable Development
  • 2016- Guide at the Memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe
  • 2015-2016 Student assistant at the Seminar of Practical Theology at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, research project Are African Initiated Churches adequate partners for future development cooperation?
  • 2011-2015 Student of Religion and Culture (M.A.) in Berlin and Oslo
  • 2006-2011 Student of Religious Studies in Potsdam and Lausanne and Area Studies Asia/Africa in Berlin
  • 2006 Abitur, Französisches Gymnasium/Lycée Français, Berlin



Öhlmann, Philipp, Wilhelm Gräb & Marie-Luise Frost, eds. 2020. African Initiated Christianity and the Decolonisation of Development: Sustainable Development in Pentecostal and Independent Churches. London: Routledge. Available in open access!

Öhlmann, Philipp, Marie-Luise Frost & Wilhelm Gräb. 2020. “You Need to Change the Whole Person – African Initiated Churches and Sustainable Development.” In: Andreas Heuser & Jens Köhrsen (eds.). Does Religion Make a Difference? Religious NGOs in International Development Collaboration. Nomos, 305-326.

Öhlmann, Philipp, Marie-Luise Frost & Wilhelm Gräb. 2019. African Initiated Churches als Akteure nachhaltiger Entwicklung. In: Roland Herpich & Patrick Schnabel (Eds.). Reformation. Globalisierung. EineWelt. Die Verantwortung von Kirche und Religion für die Zukunft.

Frost, Marie-Luise, Philipp Öhlmann & Wilhelm Gräb. 2018. "Avoiding ‘White Elephants’ – Fruitful Development Cooperation from the Perspective of African Initiated Churches in South Africa and Beyond". In: Babatunde Adedibu & Benson Igboin (eds.). The Changing Faces of African Pentecostalism. Akungba-Akoko: Adekunle Ajasin University Press, 103-118.

Öhlmann, Philipp, Marie-Luise Frost & Wilhelm Gräb. 2016. African Initiated Churches’ potential as development actors. HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies 72 (4). doi:10.4102/hts.v72i4.3825.

Öhlmann, Philipp, Marie-Luise Frost, Wilhelm Gräb & Rolf Schieder. 2016. Sind African Initiated Churches geeignete Partner für zukünftige Entwicklungszusammenarbeit? Wissenschaftliches Gutachten im Auftrag des Bundesministeriums für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung. Berlin: Humboldt-Unversität zu Berlin.



Conference contributions

Panel: Continuities or Disruptions? The Role(s) of Women in African Religions, European Conference on African Studies (ECAS), Edinburgh, Vereinigtes Königreich, June 2019

Religion and Sustainable Development: The "Secular Distinction" in Development Policy and its Implication for Development Cooperation with Religious Communities, Nordic Conference on Development Research (NorDev), Copenhagen, Denmark, June 2019

"The church would die without the women" – The Role(s) of Women in African Initiated Churches, Africa diaconia & development conference on: Diaconia, community and development: Exploring new theories for social justice and inclusion, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, July 2018

Religion, Entwicklung und Entwicklungszusammenarbeit in Afrika aus der Sicht der African Initiated Churches, Afrikanischer Muslimkreis Fachtag Frieden und Entwicklung in Afrika im Spannungsfeld zwischen Religion und Politik, Berlin, December 2017

Notions of Development in African Initiated Churches and their implications for development policy, NetACT Conference Nairobi, Kenya, July 2017

Avoiding "White Elephants" - Critique of Development Cooperation from the Perspective of African Initiated Churches, European Conference on African Studies (ECAS), Basel, Switzerland, June 2017

African Initiated Churches' Potential as Development Actors, NetACT Conference, Nairobi, Kenya, July 2016

African Initiated Churches and Sustainable Development - Potentials and Perspectives, Does Religion make a Difference? Discourses and Activities of Religious NGOs in Development. Conference at the University of Basel, Switzerland, November 2016