Religious actors are at the forefront of the COVID-19 response, advocating for measures to flatten the curve and leveraging their reach and trust at the country level to mitigate impacts of the pandemic (e.g. food security, social protection, livelihoods). One of the major challenges is a lack of coordination between efforts. In addition, many religious actors and faith-based organisations struggle to achieve to be part of the decision-making process. Alongside this, there is often a lack of funding accessible to local religious actors. Multistakeholder partnerships, such as PaRD, can play a crucial role in these efforts by continuing to work with policy makers to develop response options that support inclusive recovery for the most vulnerable populations.

Based on assessment by the Word Bank, the COVID-19 pandemic is estimated to push an additional 88 million to 115 million people into extreme poverty this year, with the total rising to as many as 150 million by 2021, depending on the severity of the economic contraction1. With millions of people who were already struggling with poverty facing increasing inequalities and injustice; measures to combat the long-term negative effects of the pandemic call upon all stakeholders to scale up efforts to achieve Agenda 2030.

In seeking to address the inequalities exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and in particular the negative impacts experienced by the most vulnerable populations,  PaRD work-streams are invited to submit proposals for collaboration to respond to these specific issues. The available funding is 20.000 €. Proposals can be made by individual work-streams or as a joint effort between different work-streams.

The following factors are looked for in the application:
1. Innovation
2. Collaboration
3. Multi-stakeholder partnerships
4. Engagement with religious actors in the Global South
5. Evidencing

Deadline: February 15, 2021

Submission: info@pard.international

Click here to read PaRD’s responses to Covid-19

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