A five-year collaborative research project funded by the UK Department for International Development, examines among others the relationships between religion, politics and governance; participation by religious organizations in policy consultation processes; and women’s organizations campaigning for progressive legal change engaged with religion. This joint research project focuses on four countries (India, Pakistan, Nigeria and Tanzania), enabling the research team to study many traditional belief systems. The project involves comparisons between two or more of the focus countries, regions within the countries, different religious traditions and selected development activities and policies. The consortium consists of six research partner organizations, each of which is working with other researchers in the four focus countries. In addition to the research partners, links have been forged with non-academic and non-government bodies, including Islamic Relief.