The Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities (JLI) is pleased to announce the initiation of a partnership with UNICEF and Religions for Peace 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.

 

FPCC Information brief:

FPCC Information Brief

Purpose

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.

This new way of working was 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. In 2020, the initiative will finalize an FPCC Global Guidance Toolkit, plan rollout, and begin advocacy and communications.

2020 Progress

  • As of June 2020, the partners held eight regional webinars to increase awareness and strengthen coordinated efforts through the global Faith-in-Action campaign, to mobilize inter-faith commitments of Religious Leaders and Faith representatives including Women of Faith and Interfaith Youth Network Members to support the specific calls to action; to equip these influencers with a standard set of global guidance with messages and resources that can be customized for local use and to share existing examples of best practices to motivate others
Faith-in-Action Guidance Documents

Guidance on key challenges in addressing COVID-19, recommended actions and related multi-religious teachings including resources from technical partners, UNICEF, WHO, IFRC, and the COVID-19 Initiative Reference Document (above).  These are intended for local adaptation and use by religious leaders, faith communities, and faith-based organizations at national and community levels.

Guidance Coming soon:

  • Preventing Violence Against Women & Children
  • Children and Youth Participation
  • Supporting Recovery of Social Services

 

2019 FPCC WorkRock: Reports from Early Adopter Countries 

FPCC WorkRock is a participatory process to develop a country-specific Journey of Change for Children. Convened by national faith councils and UNICEF, diverse religious leaders, including women and youth, came together with UNICEF Country Office representatives for an intensive four day WorkRock. Inspired by heart mind dialogue, participants drew on their own childhood experiences, formative research they conducted with children and youth in their own communities, and their experiences regarding children’s needs, to spotlight priorities for positive change for children in their communities, and to develop a detailed Journey of Change strategy to address the issue(s). They framed action plans at personal, institutional and national levels, in some cases formalized in the form of Declarations, and made commitments to collaboration and change.

The summary reports for each country can be found below, along with WorkRock key documents and resources shared with all participants.

  1. South Sudan

  2. Malawi

  3. Liberia

  4. Cameroon

  5. Niger

2018 Partnership Achievements

More about the evidence and 2018 Bangkok consultation

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.

Listening to religious leaders in Bangkok


 

Key FPCC Resources

COVID-19: Practising our Faith Safely During a Pandemic – Helping People Who Are At Risk
Published: 2020Author:UNICEF, Religions for Peace, Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities
COVID-19: Practising our Faith Safely During a Pandemic – Communicating to End Misinformation, Discrimination, and to Instill Hope
Published: 2020Author:UNICEF, Religions for Peace, Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities
COVID-19: Practising our Faith Safely During a Pandemic – Adapting how we gather together, pray and practise rituals
Published: 2020Author:UNICEF, Religions for Peace, Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities
Multi-Religious Faith-in-Action COVID-19 Initiative Reference Document for Religious Leaders and Faith Communities Guidance, Ed 1, April 2020
Published: 2020Author:JLI, Olivia Wilkinson, Susanna Trotta, Ellen Goodwin, Stacy Nam, and Jean Duff
Niger 2020 Action Plan – French
Published: 2020Author:
A Religious Guide to Promoting Child Care (male and female) and their Happiness – French
Published: 2020Author:
Niger WorkRock Summary Report – French
Published: 2019Author:Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities
Cameroon WorkRock Summary Report
Published: 2019Author:Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities
Liberia WorkRock Summary Report
Published: 2019Author:Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities
Malawi WorkRock Summary Report
Published: 2019Author:Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities
WorkRock Statement: Malawi Faith for Positive Change for Children – Journey for Change
Published: 2019Author:Public Affairs Committee Malawi
South Sudan WorkRock Summary Report
Published: 2019Author:Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities
Faith and Positive Change for Children Case Study: UNICEF Panama
Published: 2019Author:Stacy Nam, Dr. Olivia Wilkinson and Maya Casagrande, JLI
Faith and Positive Change for Children Case Study: UNICEF Egypt
Published: 2019Author:Stacy Nam, Dr. Olivia Wilkinson, and Maya Casagrande, JLI
Faith and Positive Change for Children: UNICEF South Sudan Case Study
Published: 2019Author:Dr. Olivia Wilkinson, Stacy Nam, and Maya Casagrande, JLI
Faith and Positive Change for Children Case Study: Cambodia
Published: 2019Author:Dr. Olivia Wilkinson, Stacy Nam, and Maya Casagrande, JLI
Faith and Positive Change for Children – Global Initiative on Social and Behavior Change – DRAFT Theory of Change
Published: 2019Author:Faith for Positive Change for Children: UNICEF, Religions for Peace, Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities
Informing the Mind and Moving the Heart – Report on the first Global Workshop on Social and Behaviour Change [Bangkok, 10-12 July 2018]
Published: 2018Author:Faith for Positive Change for Children: UNICEF, Religions for Peace, Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities
Faith and Positive Change for Children – Global Initiative on Social and Behaviour Change – Literature and Evidence Review
Published: 2019Author:Faith and Positive Change for Children: Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities
Faith and Positive Change for Children – Global Initiative on Social and Behavior Change
Published: 2019Author:UNICEF, Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities (JLI) and Religions for Peace
Partnering with Religious Communities for Children- UNICEF
Published: 2012Author:UNICEF
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Published: 2015Author:UNICEF, Religions for Peace: Chris Dodd and Malia Robinson under the supervision of Stephen Hanmer & Deepika Singh

 

For more information please contact the JLI Director of Research, Dr. Olivia Wilkinson at [email protected]