Evidence 7: Trends in the creation of faith-based organizations

In Evidence 7, we explore a specific dimension of the humanitarian sector’s diversity by focusing on faith-based organizations. The graph below shows the number of creations of faith-based organizations per year as a percentage of the total number of organization creations.

What are the insights provided by our results?

They first reveal a general decline in the creation of faith-based organizations. Before 1962, on average 29 % of faith-based organization were created per year. After 1962, this rate dropped to 17 %.

Second, the oldest organizations are mostly faith-based and represent a great variety of faiths. Among the organizations founded between 1099 and 1900, we found Christian, Jewish and Buddhist organizations.

Third, creation trends can be distinguished for two specific groups.

  • On the one hand, most Christian organizations were founded between 1840 and 1900 and between 1940 and 1948. After 1948, the creation rate progressively slowed down until 1990. Since 1991, there has been a remarkable drop in the creation of Christian organizations.
  • On the other hand, the most important creation period for Muslim organizations is between 1980 and 1993.

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