Date(s) - 03/09/2020 - 04/09/2020
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm


A virtual Annual Forumand General Assembly of Members will be held from September 3 –4, 2020.

The forum aims to:

  • Reflect on the different ways the COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating existing disparities and inequalities in societies.
  • Facilitate a dialogue between governmental entities, multilateral agencies and FBOs/FIOs on challenges and gaps in responding to the needs of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Identify how partnerships and collaborations between governmental entities, multilateral agencies and FBOs/FIOs can contribute in addressing and overcoming inequalities and pave the way towards more just, inclusive and peaceful societies.

JLI’s Director of Research, Dr. Olivia Wilkinson will speak on the September 3 Multi-stakeholder Roundtable Discussion: Strengthening Opportunities for Funding LFAs


Day 1 // Thursday, September 3

14:00 – 15:30 CEST Introduction to PaRD -> click link to join the session

  • Prof. Mohammed Abu-Nimer, PaRD Co-chair/ King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID)and Kirsten Evans, PaRD Co-Chair/ United States Agency for International Development(USAID)

Opening Speech

  • Dr. Zweli Mkhize, Minister of Health, the Republic of South Africa

Welcome Remarks

  • Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Gräb, Head of Research Programmeon Religious Communities and Sustainable Development, Humboldt University of Berlin
  • Bishop Sithembele Sipuka,Chair of CDDC Trust/NRASD, National Church Leaders’ Consultation (NCLC); President of Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC)

Keynote Addresses

Together for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): A collaborative response to current global challenges-insights on the roles of governmental entities/multilaterals/faith actors; regional/global leadership in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic-

  • Ms. Amanda Khozi Mukwashi, Chief Executive, Christian Aid
    • Gender, race and COVID-19
  • Ms. Saskia Schellekens, Culture Adviser UNFPA / Coordinator Executive Secretariat UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Religion and Sustainable Development (UNIATF)
  • Mr. Avril Botes, Deputy Minister of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation; Republic of South Africa
    • Africa’s challenges with COVID 19, and why state –faith collaboration is important
15:30 Break
16:00 -17:30 Multi-stakeholder Roundtable Discussion: Strengthening Opportunities for Funding LFAs – a conversation between donors and recipients funding partners, implementing partners and analysts -> click link to join the session

Moderation: Prof. Mohammed Abu-Nimer, PaRD Co-chair/KAICIID

The objective of the roundtable is to facilitate an honest exchange between stakeholders i.e. governmental entities, intergovernmental organisations, academia and FBOs/FIOson funding needs/gaps and invisibility of FBOs/FIOs, especially by local faith actors (LFA) and grassroot organisations as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Dr. Kenneth Staley, Executive Director of the USAID COVID-19 TaskForce
  • Ms. Mercy Niwe, Lead -Global Faith Engagement at the World Bank
  • Sheikh Nuruddeen Lemu, Director of Research and Training, Da’wah Institute of Nigeria (tbc)
  • Mr. Alwynn Javier, Head of Humanitarian Affairs, ACT Alliance (tbc)
  • Dr. Katherine Marshall, Executive Director, World Faiths Development Dialogue, Georgetown University
  • Dr. Olivia Wilkinson, Director of Research, Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities
17:30 – 18:00 COVID-19 Responses by FBOs/FIOs/LFAs -> click link to join the session

  • Religious Leaders’ Perspectives on COVID-19 -Results from Humboldt University COVID-19 Survey
  • COVID-19FaithResponse by World Bank

Day 2// Friday, September 4

14:00 – 15:30 Thematic Parallel Sessions by the Respective PaRD work-streams

On Tuesday, 1 September 2020 9 am –1:30 pm

15:30 Break
16:00 – 18:00 PaRD General Assembly of Members: Internal business meeting – PaRD members only