Global Initiative on Social and Behaviour Change
Religious and Faith-based Contributions to the Well-being of Children
The Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities (JLI) is pleased to announce the initiation of a partnership with UNICEF over the next three years. Faith and Positive Change for Children: Global Initiative on Social and Behaviour Change is a collaboration with the UNICEF Communication for Development in Programme Division and the Civil Society Partnerships Unit in the Division of Communication. The project will look across sectors including health, development, protection, and empowerment of children, especially focusing on the most marginalized, across the life-cycle.
The purpose of the global Initiative is to move beyond a single sector, single denomination and message-based communication to support more focused, systematic and at-scale engagement with faith-based communities and actors to influence positive social and behaviour change towards improving the wellbeing of children, youth, women and families, particularly the most marginalized.
2018 Partnership Achievements
- Literature review- 91 resources reviewed in-depth, whittled down from 1600+
- 17 country-specific case studies from interviews with Faith Actor Partner (e.g. IRCLs, Faith-based Universities, National FBOs and faith-based networks), Government Partner, and UNICEF on partnerships – 42 people interviewed
- Country mapping
- Content review – 27 toolkits reviewed
- Theory of Change development consultation with 13 institutions
- See information brief here for more information
- View the Faith and Positive Change for Children Web Platform for resources 2018 Workshop Report and other documents as the collaboration continues to progress
The partners collaborated to hold a multi-country consultation in Bangkok in July to input into the programmatic framework. Participants included 17 UNICEF Country Offices and 5 RfP Interreligious Councils. The workshop had over 100 participants from 20 countries across all regions of the world.
The evidence developed from 2018 from faith-based knowledge, social and behavior change knowledge, Academic and NGO sources culminated in drafting a translated conceptual framework.
This new way of working will be tested in in-country through workrocks 2019 to develop principles for systematic engagement with FBOs at scale for social and behavior change, guidelines, and resources.
Key FPCC Resources
For more information please contact the JLI Director of Research, Dr. Olivia Wilkinson at [email protected]