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Baha'i communities have been struggling with these questions for a long time. As a religion that places the emphasis on salvation not as individual redemption but as the effort to advance civilization (read human well-being, cultural diversity, and global interconnection - not what the West got and the Rest do not), engaging local communities where Baha'is live and at the same time remaining engaged with global problems is central to how Baha'is approach questions of development.

For resources on Baha'i approaches to development, see
The Baha'i Chair for World Peace at the University of Maryland
The Canadian Bahá'í International Development Agency
The Mona Foundation
The Baha'i World Center's page on Social and Economic Development