Much has been said on the impacts of the crisis on the fundamentals of the economy and its social consequences, because of the artificial and unequal character of growth and its proven vulnerability, affecting both developed and developing countri...
This year is likely to be the worst for the global economy since World War II, with the World Bank estimating a decline of up to 2%. Even developing countries that did everything right Ã¢Â€â€œ and had far better macroeconomic and regulatory polici...
Confronted as we are by a financial crisis which is affecting the world economy and which combines with a food, energy and climate crisis that is leading to a social and humanitarian catastrophe, various reactions are being expressed.
His doctoral thesis was based on sociology of Buddhism in Sri Lanka and he was a professor at UCL (there) from 1958 till 1990. He is anauthorand co-author of numerous publications on socio-religious matters. He served as the chief editor of the International Journal of Sociology of Religion, "Social Compass" for forty years(1960-1999). He also has advised international catholic journalConciliumwhich was founded at the Nijmegen University, on the issues of sociology of religion.
He participated as aperitusexpert in the sessions ofVatican II(1962-1965) playing a key role in the formation of the introduction of theGaudium et Spes. Houtart,over the years, has developed a dialectical approach to study religions in the world.
Today he serves as an advisor to CETRI (Centre Tricontinental) a Belgiannon-governmental organizationwhich he founded in 1976. Objective of CETRI is to promote dialogue and corporation between third world social movements and social forces plus encourage resistance and action. Houtart is one of the most active members of theWorld Social Forum. Today he is very much active in the Globalisation and Ethics discourse.
In the context of the global financial crisis in 2008, Houtart has been invited by the UN to address the issues of globalisation of capital in October 2008 by the president of the UN in New York.