The International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD) brings together bilateral donor countries, multilateral development agencies and civil society organizations such as religious organizations to harness the positive impact of religions, faith and values in sustainable development and humanitarian assistance.

To ensure no one is left behind and to achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda, it is crucial to include the positive potential of the world’s religious communities. PaRD aims to strengthen and institutionalise cooperation on religion and development between partners. PaRD invites civil society and non-governmental organisations and other relevant development organisations committed to the 2030 Agenda to join.

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Key Facts:

  • As of January 2018, PaRD has 19 members and 63 partners.
  • PaRD was established in February 2016 at the Berlin conference “Partners for Change – Religions and the 2030 Agenda”

Membership of PaRD is voluntary and open to all governmental and intergovernmental entities. Partners are civil society and non-governmental organisations such as religious and value-driven organisations, secular NGOs, community initiatives, foundations, and academic institutions.

PaRD recognises the crucial role these groups of actors play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda. Therefore, PaRD aims at greater and institutionalized communication and coordination between secular and non-secular actors. They also foster new synergies through cooperation of its members and partners. In addition, PaRD connects with existing networks and initiatives for a more coherent international agenda on religion and development.


Key Sustainable Development Goals: SDG 17 (Partnership) & PaRD’s current work-streams focus on SDG 3- Good Health and Well-being, SDG 5- Gender Equality as well as SDG 16- Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. All work-streams are bound together by the topic of Human Rights and Human Dignity.

Knowledge Partnership with JLI:

Workstream evidence support (three workstreams, gender equity, health, and peacebuilding)


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