Interfaith initiatives respond to the violence and uneasy tensions of our times and interfaith efforts aim to confront the root causes, especially those that touch on religious beliefs and practices. Interfaith work looks to identify solutions in common values and goals that can help cross deep social and political divides, binding people together. This project set out to understand the many initiatives that involve interfaith dialogue and action and to appreciate their impact and the challenges they face. The task is complicated by the remarkable diversity of initiatives and the fact that they are multiplying rapidly. This report is an introduction to a complex field and a stock-taking. It offers a map of the history, intellectual foundations, and major features and actors involved in interfaith work.
Islam, like all religions, strongly influences social, economic and political spheres of life. Tenets that are perceived to be Islamic shape the status of and relationship between women and men. These tenets result in women – because they are women – being denied a number of human rights, for example in cases of divorce or inheritance law. Religious leaders and scholars often justify these forms of discrimination by referring to Islamic sources.
MenEngage Alliance and Tearfund, organised a two-day consultation in Washington D.C. in August 2016, to collectively explore and gain better understanding of faith-based approaches to transforming masculinities for gender justice. Twenty-two gender experts, including some faith leaders, from within and outside the Alliance and faith-based organizations, came together to share experiences, explore lessons learned from working with faith-based approaches for gender equality and begin to develop a joint agenda.
Widespread harmful traditional practices – child marriage, giving away girls for dispute resolution, forced isolation in the home, exchange marriage and “honour” killings – cause suffering, humiliation and marginalization for millions of Afghan women and girls.Such practices are grounded in discriminatory views and beliefs about the role and position of women in Afghan society. Many Afghans, including some religious leaders reinforce these harmful customs by invoking their interpretation of Islam. In most cases, however, these practices are inconsistent with Sharia law as well as Afghan and international law, and violate the human rights of women.
The book is a result of men and women of God reading the word of God and daring to ask critical questions about how we can be more faithful to God in how women and men relate. The book has been developed with sensitivity to invite men into dialogue and critical examination of what it means to be a man in today’s society.
Religious leaders could help improve uptake of male circumcision in HIV-prevention effort
Education of religious leaders had a substantial effect on uptake of male circumcision, and should be considered as part of male circumcision programmes in other sub-Saharan African countries. This study was conducted in one region in Tanzania; however, we believe that our intervention is generalisable. We equipped church leaders with knowledge and tools, and ultimately each leader established the most culturally-appropriate way to promote male circumcision. Therefore, we think that the process of working through religious leaders can serve as an innovative model to promote healthy behaviour, leading to HIV prevention and other clinically relevant outcomes, in a variety of settings.
A biblical discussion toolkit on gender-based violence.
This booklet is based on the invaluable work carried out by the Anglican Service of Diakonia and Development (SADD) of the Anglican Church of Brazil. Gender-based violence (GBV), especially violence against women, is an ingrained problem across the world, embedded in countries in both the global south and north.
Jennifer A Downs, Agrey H Mwakisole, Alphonce B Chandika, Shibide Lugoba, Rehema Kassim, Evarist Laizer, Kinanga A Magambo, Myung Hee Lee, Samuel E Kalluvya, David J Downs, Daniel W Fitzgerald
A report on faith-based responses to children’s Comprehensive Sexuality Education and Information
The study established that faith communities have many positive characteristics that could be utilised to roll out CSE & I for children. While some have undertaken steps to ensure that children receive CSE & I within families and religious settings, much more remains to be accomplished.
Jamie D. Aten and David M. Boan, Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books, 2016.
Dr. Jamie Aten is the founder and co-director of the Humanitarian Disaster Institute and Dr. Arthur P. Rech and Mrs. Jean May Rech Associate Professor of Psychology at Wheaton College (Illinois). Dr. David M. Boan is associate professor of psychology at Wheaton College and co-director of the college’s Humanitarian Disaster Institute.
Churches can play crucial roles in disaster resilience and response. This book addresses the question of how local churches can assist in disaster risk and recovery globally, particularly in high-risk regions. Some churches are located in areas prone to disasters. Others have members who, although not living in high-risk regions, strongly desire to help others in disaster crises. The authors aim to prepare those with servant hearts from both perspectives by introducing them to the need for disaster assistance, suggesting reasons churches should get involved, and proposing ways that the local church is uniquely qualified to assist due to its structure and trust within the local community. Specifically, “the purpose of this book is to help churches learn how to plan, launch and sustain disaster ministries” (12).
Role of Religion and Religious Leaders in Farmer-Pastoralist Conflict in Plateau State
An Inter-Religious Peacebuilding in Northern Nigeria (IPNN) Qualitative Research Report
Mercy Corps funded by GHR Foundation
In the context of persistent, low-intensity conflict, which has characterized Nigeria’s Middle Belt for the past decade, Mercy Corps’ Interfaith Peacebuilding in Northern Nigeria (IPNN) program, supported by the Gerald A. and Henrietta Rauenhorst (GHR) Foundation, reduces violent incidents and increases economic activity by leveraging the roles of religious leaders to create interfaith cooperation in a region where ethnicity and religion are closely interlinked. As part of this effort, this IPNN qualitative research study evaluated the impact of religious leaders and interfaith initiatives on peacebuilding outcomes. The research was conducted through four separate field visits to Plateau State—including the four IPNN sites and one control site—and answers three interconnected questions:
1. What role do religious leaders and religion play in conflict escalation and de-escalation?
2. How can religious leaders contribute to peacebuilding and what has been their impact thus far?
3. How can interfaith activities, including economic activities, contribute to peacebuilding?
Mercy Corps and GHR Foundation
In November 2016, Religion News Foundation hosted 24 journalists from across sub-Saharan Africa for a weeklong reporting workshop in Cape Town, South Africa.
“Covering religion and sexual and gender minorities”
This training was supported by the Arcus Foundation and Heinrich Böll Stiftung Southern Africa. Following the meeting, they produced a source guide offering relevant resources on many sensitive and often taboo topics.
An Exploratory Study to Examine the Effectiveness of Community Based Ebola Virus Disease Prevention and Management Strategies in Bo District Sierra Leone
World Vision Sierra Leone and Johns Hopkins University Research Collaboration on World Vision’s Ebola Response in Sierra Leone. Johns Hopkins University: Anbrasi Edward, Casey Risko, Hossein Zare, Meera Pranav, Tiffany Tran
World Vision Sierra Leone: Allieu Bangura, Michael Belmoh, Raymond Owusu
In an effort to assuage the fears and expectations of community members and ensure the intervention was responsive to their needs and expectations, World Vision Sierra Leone adopted an integrated and multi-sector response tailored to the needs and priorities of the communities it served. While the extent of the strategy implementation was not fully documented, these community leaders were also supplied with essential medical commodities, such as hand-washing kits and protective equipment for the health care workers.
A review of district level EVD records indicated that not a single Ebola-related fatality was documented among the 59,000 sponsored children or family members supported by World Vision during the outbreak. Although the Ebola outbreak was successfully contained, the processes were not formally documented nor the impact of impact of World Vision’s effort was not formally documented or assessed. The remainder of this report is based on findings from a study commissioned to bridge this knowledge-to-practice gap by capturing community members’ perceptions of the effectiveness of specific strategies employed by World Vision in order to increase the evidence of what works in responding to similar outbreaks throughout the West Africa and beyond.
The Ambivalent Role of Religion for Sustainable Development: A Review of the Empirical Evidence
GIGA Research Programmes Working Paper Series
German Institute of Global and Area Studies
Until recently, academia has largely neglected the impact of religion on sustainable development. However, empirical studies have shown that religion remains important in many societies and that its importance has been increasing since the beginning of the new millennium. This paper reviews the empirical quantitative literature on the effect of religion on development from the last decade. We start by disaggregating the concepts of religion and sustainable development into four religious and three developmental dimensions and proposing a framework to identify causal mechanisms. Numerous mechanisms are possible, and this complexity explains why only a few uncontested findings exist. Religion is ambivalent vis‐à‐vis development: although religious dimensions exert a positive influence on physical and mental health as well as on general well‐being, scholars have found a negative relationship between religious dimensions and both income and gender equality. Studies agree that the dominance of one religious group together with parallel ethnic and religious cleavages increases the risk of conflict, while studies on the pro‐peace effects of religious factors are largely missing. Methodological challenges relate to the availability of fine‐grained data, especially for non‐Western countries, and the use of concepts and definitions. Most importantly, the study of religion and development requires methods that al‐ low for causal inference
The Myanmar Media and Society Project (M.MAS, a collaboration between the Programme on Modern Burmese Studies at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford and MIDO, the Myanmar ICT for Development Organization) was initially set up to do research into the narratives that justified violence and discrimination against Muslims. While conducting that research, we regularly heard accounts of “almost” riots, situations in which tensions between religious communities had come to a head and residents were worried that violence would result. However, local individuals and groups were seemingly able to de-escalate the situation and prevent large-scale violence.
There has been a massive advocacy movement over the last 15 years that has sought to advance the case of religion into view of decision-makers in the international development sector. This advocacy effort has been dispersed and not centrally organised, and is made up of the efforts of multiple development actors, religious institutions, researchers and others. This article shows how this advocacy approach has been highly successful in increasing acceptance of the fact that religion is relevant to development, and religious communities and institutions make contributions to the development effort – and this acceptance can now be seen at the highest levels. However, the article highlights several challenges that have come with this advocacy approach. It therefore supports urgent reflection on the direction of this advocacy going forward and suggests that major and uncomfortable adaptations might now be required.
From analysis to action: World Vision’s journey of rapid context analysis in humanitarian emergencies
This briefing explains one of the tools1 that World Vision has developed in order to assess contexts rapidly: ‘Good Enough Context Analysis for Rapid Response’ (GECARR). It shares some of the challenges, impacts and reflections that World Vision and others have observed when conducting context analysis in dangerous places. It highlights some key challenges involved when doing context analysis in fragile and conflict-prone contexts as well as some of the elements of effective context analysis that have been observed.We draw upon discussions with 20 key informants based on the ground and in headquarter offices including INGOs, donors, think tanks and consultants.
Sarah Klassen, Sarah Pickwick, Johan Eldebo
We Will Speak Out (WWSO) is a global coalition of Christian-based NGOs, churches and organizations, supported by an alliance of technical partners and individuals – chief among them Tearfund, a MenEngage Alliance member – who together commit themselves to see the end of sexual violence across communities around the world.
Case study of the MenEngage Alliance
Of particular relevance to MenEngage Alliance is one of its stated outcome strategies: engaging ‘men and boys in ending sexual violence, and demonstrating models for positive masculinities and femininities, and transformed gender relationships.’
Case study includes changing attitudes among religious leaders, outcomes/ impact, challenges and recommendations
The U.S. and other Western governments are now turning to strategies known as countering violent extremism, or CVE. According to the White House, CVE addresses “the root causes of extremism through community engagement.” Instead of fighting violent ideology with bombs, bullets, and bloodshed, the goal is to engage with local groups to prevent individuals from joining terrorist groups in the first place. In this battle, it’s often religious leaders who are on the front lines, and so a successful CVE program must figure out how to work with faith-based groups.
This essay is part of a series that deals with the displacement crises in the Mediterranean and Andaman Seas. The essays examine the myths and misconceptions that have pervaded discussions about these crises, and with the constructive measures, as well as the constraints and capacity deficiencies that have hampered the responses to them.
In preparation for the JLI’s October 2016 Board meeting, there was a desire to better understand JLI’s role in influencing policymakers and to determine the evidence requirements to be effective. To this end, 19 interviews were conducted in August and September 2016 with board and advisory group members, hub co-chairs and hub members.
This reports summarises the findings from these interviews. The opinions laid out in this report are drawn exclusively from the interviews.
This is a 2016 autumn update on some of the engagement by faith-based organizations on HIV this year; many events are under the auspices of the PEPFAR/UNAIDS FBO Initiative. It gives you a summary of global activities that took place this spring and summer. Please do forward this update to your colleagues and other interested friends. Anyone wishing to be included in the mailing list, or wanting to include an item for circulation should send an e-mail to Sally Smith [email protected] with a copy to Julienne Munyaneza [email protected] Do follow us on social media: Twitter: @SallyLynnSmith and Facebook- civil society dialogue space
Early Diagnosis and Treatment for Children and Adolescents Living with HIV: Urgent Call by Religious and Faith-Inspired Organizations for Greater Commitment and Action
As professionals engaged in the response to the continuing and grave challenges posed by the HIV epidemic, at global, national, and local levels, we gathered from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America, to share our knowledge, experience, and good practice models but also our grave concerns, with special attention to the wellbeing and future of children, vulnerable to, or already living with HIV. We were joined in these strategic reflections and discussions by other key stakeholders, including officials of multi-lateral organizations and national governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) facilitating provision of services (implementing agencies), and various innovative funding, research, development, and advocacy organizations committed to advance the shared vision to end new infections of HIV among children and keep their mothers healthy, and to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. “We need to bring our minds and our hearts together to face the future to take us to the end of AIDS.
In today’s world of unprecedented need and inadequate solutions, ending hunger is possible only with stronger partnerships between governments, religious communities, global food agencies such as WFP, and other stakeholders. The inter-religious convening on Zero Hunger at WFP in June 2016 included scholars and leaders offering a range of perspectives from the world’s major religions and faith-inspired organizations on action against hunger.
This report provides an overview of the engagement with faith-based actors and faith-related activities by the members of the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on Engaging Faith-Based Actors for Sustainable Development (short: UN Task Force on Religion and Development or IATF-FBOs).
UNFPA, on behalf of the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Engaging Faith-Based Actors for Sustainable Development
INSUFFICIENT EVIDENCE? The quality and use of evidence in humanitarian action
Paul Knox Clarke and James Darcy
This paper reviews the quality of evidence available today to support humanitarian action. It focuses primarily on evidence generated by the ‘formal international humanitarian system’1 through early warning, needs assessment, monitoring and feedback, evaluation and impact assessment. It also considers the degree to which actors in the humanitarian system actually use evidence to guide their operational decisions and policy formulation.
Why does evidence matter for humanitarian action?
What is ‘evidence’ in the context of humanitarian action and how do we judge its quality?
Does current evidence meet the criteria for quality?
Is current evidence used to guide humanitarian operations and policy-making?
How can the quality and use of evidence in humanitarian action be improved?
For more information and other related resources are available on the ALNAP website
Paul Knox Clarke and James Darcy
The population of Syria and Iraq is feeling the toll of the armed conflicts in their countries. The new report “The Protection Needs of Minorities from Syria and Iraq” from the Norwegian Church Aid and World Council of Churches, highlights the stand of minorities in the ongoing conflicts in Syria and Northern Iraq.
On World AIDS Day, the World Council of Churches launched Leading by Example: Religious Leaders and HIV Testing, a interfaith campaign that encourages religious leaders to inspire getting tested for HIV and especially to lead by example and have themselves tested for HIV. The aim is to overcome the stigma of HIV testing by showing that having the test done is not a statement about morality, but a health practice that all should do.
Religious Leaders who are leading by example commit themselves to:
· Promote testing in their church and faith community: lead by example by getting tested and/or by allowing their photo to be taken for the poster series on “Religious Leaders and HIV Testing”.
· Set a Sunday per month (or an HIV testing week or month), or another day – depending on the faith tradition – to encourage people to get tested through their sermon or other sharing that provides accurate information about HIV testing and treatment and promotes a non-discriminatory community. In some communities, a mobile HIV testing unit can be organized through the local government or health service.
· Write a letter to the editor, or share with media the importance of HIV testing and the example being set by themselves and their faith community
· Tell the wider community! Share photos and news via Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #IKnowMyHIVStatus
Editors: Jennifer B Saunders,Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Susanna Snyder
This innovative volume introduces readers to a variety of disciplinary and methodological approaches used to examine the intersections of religion and migration. A range of leading figures in this field consider the roles of religion throughout various types of migration, including forced, voluntary, and economic. They discuss examples of migrations at all levels, from local to global, and critically examine case studies from various regional contexts across the globe. The book grapples with the linkages and feedback between religion and migration, exploring immigrant congregations, activism among and between religious groups, and innovations in religious thought in light of migration experiences, among other themes. The contributors demonstrate that religion is an important factor in migration studies and that attention to the intersection between religion and migration augments and enriches our understandings of religion. Ultimately, this volume provides a crucial survey of a burgeoning cross-disciplinary, interreligious, and global area of study.
This is a research project looking into localization and specifically reinforce the capacity of its local partners and share the essential aspects of humanitarian action with them. Trócaire aims to reinforce humanitarian aid in the least accessible areas (for geographical or security reasons), and improve ownership and resilience amongst the local population.
This paper outlines some faith-related controversies, describes how they influence health-care provision and uptake, and identifies opportunities for research and increased interaction between faith leaders and health-care providers to improve health care.
Understanding the roles of faith-based health-care providers in Africa: review of the evidence with a focus on magnitude, reach, cost, and satisfaction.
At a time when many countries might not achieve the health targets of the Millennium Development Goals and the post-2015 agenda for sustainable development is being negotiated, the contribution of faith-based health-care providers is potentially crucial. For better partnership to be achieved and for health systems to be strengthened by the alignment of faith-based health-providers with national systems and priorities, improved information is needed at all levels. Comparisons of basic factors (such as magnitude, reach to poor people, cost to patients, modes of financing, and satisfaction of patients with the services received) within faith-based health-providers and national systems show some differences. As the first report in the Series on faith-based health care, we review a broad body of published work and introduce some empirical evidence on the role of faith-based health-care providers, with a focus on Christian faith-based health providers in sub-Saharan Africa (on which the most detailed documentation has been gathered). The restricted and diverse evidence reported supports the idea that faith-based health providers continue to play a part in health provision, especially in fragile health systems, and the subsequent reports in this Series review controversies in faith-based health care and recommendations for how public and faith sectors might collaborate more effectively.
The sharpening focus on global health and the growing recognition of the capacities and scope of faith-based groups for improving community health outcomes suggest an intentional and systematic approach to forging strong, sustained partnerships between public sector agencies and faith-based organisations. Drawing from both development and faith perspectives, this Series paper examines trends that could ground powerful, more sustainable partnerships and identifies new opportunities for collaboration based on respective strengths and existing models. This paper concludes with five areas of recommendations for more effective collaboration to achieve health goals.
Following an 18-month programme of research into the role of faith-based charities, authors Lucy de Las Casas and Rachel Wharton drew together the key findings of their work. They outlined what makes faith-based charities unique, the contribution they make to the wider charity sector, and the challenges and opportunities they face.
Rachel Wharton and Lucy de Las Casas
Soka Gakkai International (SGI) and Earth Charter International (ECI) “Mapting” App to promote youth involvement in implementation of SDGs. The Mapting app is available on both Android and iOS devices and can be viewed and downloaded here: www.mapting.org
The app engages youth take photos or videos of any act, project or idea that will help achieve the SDGs and share them on a world map.
SGI and ECI also hosted an event with thePermanent Mission of Sri Lanka at the UN to announce the Youth Boosting the Promotion and Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
This document introduces the Channels of Hope approach to engaging Faith Leaders for challenging harmful practices and enacting social change in their communities, providing a summary of evidence regarding the effectiveness and impact of the five Channels of Hope programmes: HIV/AIDS, Gender, MNCH, Ebola and Child Protection.
‘Channels of Hope’ (CoH) is World Vision’s signature programme for catalyzing faith leaders and their communities to transform children’s lives in the world’s hardest places. It was first developed over a decade ago by the Christian AIDS Bureau for Southern Africa as a compassionate Christian response to the devastating effect of HIV & AIDS. Since then CoH has evolved to address other difficult and often taboo issues that affect the rights and wellbeing of children and has been used in over 50 developing countries. Channels of Hope is both a methodology and a mobilization process.
The Eagle process envisions and equips the local church “to have a vision and passion for being salt and light in their community, enabling the church and community to work together to address common needs by using their own shared resources” (Eagle manual p3).
It aims to support communities in Uganda to take initiative and improve relationships (with God, each other and the environment), gender equity, livelihoods and health. Mothers’ Union Uganda is pioneering this approach so it can fulfil its mission to transform communities by promoting stable marriages, family life and children’s protection more effectively and sustainably.
Connecting Communities, Churches and Governments To Do Effective Advocacy at the Local Level
Tearfund’s research into local-level advocacy in Uganda saw the church playing just that role. The organization found that the church is uniquely placed to foster good relationships between local communities and local government.
This paper considers the complex ontological and epistemological positionalities that underpin how individuals and organizations in the aid industry define development and legitimate their role in its actualization. This will include a description of the dominant industry power dynamics that influence the formation and adoption of specific models of development, and an examination of how power can be exerted through knowledge creation, legitimating specific development ideologies.
Building on this theoretical foundation, the paper then considers the applicability and legitimacy of a partnership model of development through a case study investigation of Tearfund’s Church and Community Mobilization Programme. Within this case study, the influence of stakeholder power and development ideologies over the theoretical and practical aspects of the programme will be reviewed, along with a consideration of how a partnership model of development can be legitimated through the creation of appropriate accounts of performance.
Religious NGOs are important sources of humanitarian aid in Africa, entering where the welfare programs of weakened states fail to provide basic services. As collaborators and critics of African states, religious NGOs occupy an important structural and ideological position. They also, however, illustrate a key irony—how economic development, a symbol of science, progress, and this-worldly material improvement, borrows heavily from other-worldly faith.
Through a study of two transnational NGOs in Zimbabwe, this book offers a nuanced depiction of development as both liberatory and limiting. Humanitarian effort is not a hopeless task, but behind the liberatory potential of Christian development lurks the sad irony that change can bring its own disappointments.
This publication is Catholic Relief Services (CRS) training guide on partnership and capacity strengthening. The organization has a rich history of working productively with local organizations, including both Church and non-Church partners. The CRS Partnership and Capacity Strengthening Unit seeks to support Country Programs to strengthen these partner organizations’ capacity to further contribute to civil society and to enhance and maintain consistent quality services to the poor and those su ering injustice. This unit also supports Country Programs and partners to establish and sustain strong partnerships.
In July 2015, The Lancet published a series on faith-based health care. The Executive Summary states that “this Series argues that building on the extensive experience, strengths, and capacities of faith-based organisations (eg, geographical coverage, influence, and infrastructure) offers a unique opportunity to improve health outcomes”.
The series includes (among others):
Understanding the roles of faith-based health-care providers in Africa: review of the evidence with a focus on magnitude, reach, cost, and satisfaction – by Jill Olivier et al DOI. For article click here.
This publication is collection of testimonies in English and in Japanese, from the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. Written by Masahiko Murakami, Ken’ichi Kurosawa, Yoshihiro Matsumoto’s stories might be appropriate. Mikio Yamane’s testimony introduces our organizational activity.
Stakeholder Health: Insights from New Systems of Health, was developed in 2016 with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is a review of best practices in the areas of community health improvement, as well as clinical and community partnerships, spanning eleven chapters. The chapters range from a review of the social determinants or drivers of health to leadership for new partnerships between health systems and communities, relational information technology, community health navigation, financial aspects of partnering with community in a new ‘social return on investment’ model, leadership, implementing resiliency models integrated across hospitals and the broader community.
Teresa F. Cutts and James R. Cochrane
Assessing Rural Transformations was a three year ESRC/DFID funded action research project investigating credible ways to assess the impact of development activities, particularly when the intervention takes place in the context of complex processes of rural transformation. Qualitative monitoring was conducted using a new qualitative impact assessment protocol, referred to as the QuIP.
This brief presents an overview of the QuIP in three steps: the background to the QuIP and its main aims; the data collection and analysis methodology; and QuIP in the context of other approaches to evaluation. Each section can be read independently.
Authors: David Boan, Benjamin Andrews, Elizabeth Loewer, Kalen Drake, Daniel Martison, Jamie D. Aten
Wheaton College, Humanitarian Disaster Institute, Psychology Department
Abstract: Distributive justice is an important theme in community and international psychology, overlapping with many related concepts of peace, equity, compassion, and more. Refugees, who often experience pervasive injustice, offer insights into the development of justice when they create a just community. The United Refugee and Host Churches (URHC) is a network of churches in Kakuma Refugee Camp (Kenya) and the surrounding Turkana community founded and operated by refugees and local Turkana people. Founded in 1996, this group addressed ongoing conflict and distrust in the refugee camp by establishing a system of procedural and distributive justice. This qualitative study identified and described the methods used by the URHC to restore a sense of justice and reduce conflict in the camp. The project team interviewed 23 URHC members and leaders and, from those interviews, identified eight core themes describing strategies used by URHC. We discuss each of themes in depth as well as the association’s work as an example of applied distributive and procedural justice. We then conclude by highlighting several implications, program impact, and recommendations for future research.
Achieving Zero Hunger is at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Sustainable Development Goal #2 sets out the objective to “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture” by 2030, which involves multiple, interlinked challenges. Religious actors are involved in every dimension of the challenges that Zero Hunger presents. The roles that religious leaders and organizations play vary widely. They range from critical emergency support—whether in times of crisis, often as first responders—or as a true safety net for the poorest in every society. Religious actors also play vital roles through persistent advocacy, education of adherents, and prayer to ensure that those vulnerable to hunger never leave the public conscience. The examples of religious engagement with hunger issues highlighted in this report underscore the complex ways in which religious institutions are involved in every dimension of the hunger challenge.
Prepared for the World Food Programme, with support from the Eleanor Crook Foundation, in preparation for events in June 2016 where the Zero Hunger effort was discussed in the context of interreligious partnerships.
Effective Inter-religious Action in Peacebuilding (EIAP) Guide for Program Evaluation
Draft for Training Program and Field Pilot Testing
CDA-Alliance for Peacebuilding
Peter Woodrow and Michelle Garred, with assistance from Diana Chigas, and contributions from David Steele and Ricardo Wilson-Grau CDA Collaborative Learning Projects
The Alliance for Peacebuilding and its partners in the Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium—CDA Collaborative Learning Projects, Mercy Corps, and Search for Common Ground—began the Effective InterReligious Action in Peacebuilding project (EIAP), with funding from the GHR Foundation. This three-year initiative seeks to improve the evaluation practices of inter-religious peacebuilding programs by addressing three specific gaps in inter-religious peacebuilding efforts: measurement, cooperation, and policy. The goals of the EIAP are two-fold: 1) to generate guidance on how to evaluate inter-religious action, and 2) to develop a framework for ongoing learning regarding what constitutes effective inter-religious action
World Vision’s Mobilizing for Maternal and Neonatal Health through Birth Spacing and Advocacy (MOMENT) project focuses on improving maternal, neonatal, and child health (MNCH) by increasing community-led advocacy, political advocacy and US/Canadian funding for global health. The community-led advocacy, through Citizen Voice and Action, and its Channels of Hope models, focuses on engaging faith leaders to promote and increase MNCH and Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancies/Family Planning (HTSP/FP) services to improve child survival and women’s health, prevent unintended pregnancies, and reduce child and maternal morbidity and mortality.
For example in Kenya-
The program trained 200 faith leaders with the tools to respond compassionately and practically to their congregations and communities with accurate information about HTSP/FP that can save the lives of women and children. They have organized over 360 church volunteers to spread the word in their communities. In 2015 alone, the faith leaders referred 4,288 women to family planning services. More than half (2,819) are now using a method of contraception that is right for them.
This photo-book is an attempt to bring the stories of hope amid the gloomy context that populations of the Middle East have had to endure, some having lived as internally displaced persons and as refugees in both host communities and camps within the region and beyond.
The stories are representative of the work of the ACT Alliance response in the region and show that it is possible to give hope to many people affected by the crisis and that a brighter future is possible. ACT Alliance will continue working towards bringing hope and dignity to affected populations and host communities in the Middle East.
UNDP in Focus 2014/2015. To download the report, you can click on “download” from this webpage, or go directly to UNDP’s website: http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/librarypage/corporate/annual-report-2014-2015.html
The HRF-Indonesia was established in 2001 and became operational in 2002. Since then, it has provided Indonesian and international NGOs with rapid and flexible funding for humanitarian projects targeting the most vulnerable population. Here’s their latest report.
On 10th October 2016, in commemoration of the International Day of Disaster Reduction, Soka Gakkai International (SGI), the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities (JLIF&LC) and the World Council of Churches (WCC) co-organized a roundtable on ‘The contribution of FBOs to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction’, held at the Ecumenical Centre, Geneva, Switzerland.
Twenty-two representatives from different organizations including FBOs, a government, UN agencies (including UNISDR and UNHCR), NGOs and academic institutions were present.
The themes addressed included:
Faith groups’ roles in implementing Sendai Framework DRR, in particular, reducing mortality.
Good practices on DRR conducted by faith groups.
How to strengthen partnership among governments, UN agencies, FBOs and religious communities.
The major institutional faiths are amongst the largest investors in the world. In recent years this investing power has been used in a number of ways, including disinvestment, pro-active ethical investment and impact investing. This quest for a clear coordination between faith beliefs and values and investment policy is increasingly known as Faith-Consistent Investing (FCI).
The aim of this paper is to stimulate, encourage and support discussion and debate about faith consistent investing and its potential role as part of the investment quest to support sustainable development. It is hoped that the paper will enable faith groups as well as secular groups to explore potential partnerships.
Presentation from Maryam Dada Ibrahim at Faith Works Africa: Partnerships for Peace and Prosperity on Conflict Prevention, Migration and Counter Violent Extremism. Includes next steps and recommendations in engaging faith based groups.
Child Focused Community Transformation (CFCT) is Food for the Hungry’s (FH) model for transformational development. At the heart of the CFCT model is the welfare of the most vulnerable population in most societies – children. The CFCT model grew out of FH’s Child Development Program and its love and care for children, FH’s expertise in multi-sectorial food security programs, and a desire to see children thrive in key relationships within healthy families and communities. This will permit them to reach their God- given potential while they grow.
This document is meant to give a brief overview of the Child Focused Community Transformation philosophy, goals and methods. Other more detailed documents are available and are referenced on page 12 of this overview.
Development Across Faith Boundaries investigates the dynamics of cross-faith partnerships in a range of development contexts, from India, Cambodia and Myanmar, to Melanesia, Bosnia, Ethiopia and Afghanistan. The book demonstrates how far FBOs extend their activities beyond their own faith communities and how far NGOs partner with religious actors. It also considers the impacts of these cross-faith partnerships, including their work on conflict and sectarian or ethnic tension in the relevant communities.
Conflicts and humanitarian crises affect men, women, girls, and boys differently due to their different societal roles and the deep-rooted socio-cultural and economic inequalities which become exacerbated during crises. Men and boys form the vast majority of direct victims of armed conflict and associated impacts like forced recruitment or arbitrary detention. Women bear the burdens of running the households under extreme stress and are often exposed to different forms of gender-based violence. During emergencies, women and girls become more vulnerable as basic services collapse and livelihoods diminish. In order to better understand the impact of armed conflict on men, women, boys, and girls, and the changes that have resulted in gender roles and relationships at household and community levels since the onset of conflict in March 2015, Oxfam, CARE and GenCap in Yemen collaborated to collect and analyse available data to further inform immediate humanitarian response as well as longer-term programming in Yemen.
Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP), in collaboration with CDA Collaborative Learning and Search for Common Ground (SFCG) recently convened a group of 30 leading experts to discuss how to better measure the effectiveness of inter- and intra-religious action for peacebuilding. The meeting is part of a three-year program funded by the GHR Foundation entitled, Effective Inter-religious Action in Peacebuilding (EIAP) Program and took place in Istanbul, Turkey from June 15- 17, 2016.
The purpose of the meeting was as follows:
1. To share best practices and lessons learned in evaluating inter- and intra-religious action for peacebuilding;
2. To provide input into the Guide for Assessment of Inter-Religious Action (GAIA);
3. To explore how to more effectively measure the impact of specific sub-sectors of inter- and intra-religious action for peacebuilding; and
4. To strengthen ties across a diverse group of stakeholders working in the field of inter- and intra-religious action for peacebuilding.
Answering questions about the role of religion and development. Download the resource from the following link on PaRD’s website: http://www.partner-religion-development.org/fileadmin/Dateien/Resources/Knowledge_Center/2016_Swedish_Mission_Council_For_Better_for_Worse.pdf
The role of religion in shaping an effective global response to HIV and AIDS in a post-2015 framework was prominently featured at the AIDS 2016 conference in Durban, South Africa. To read more about the importance to faith response and action on the issue, click here: http://www.partner-religion-development.org/service/news-archive/article/engaging-religious-actors-across-the-globe-to-fight-aids-and-hiv/
Helping Children Cope with Traumatic Events was developed in response to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. This booklet provides practical guidance for caregivers—including parents, family members, teachers, clergy, and volunteers—on how to help support children after a traumatic event. This booklet provides readers with an overview of common reactions to violent acts, including a breakdown of common signs and symptoms by age. Concrete steps for caring for children’s emotional and spiritual needs in the wake of a traumatic event are also provided.
To download the article, click here: http://www.worldevangelicals.org/resources/categories/index.htm?cat=56
The study titled Tradition- & Faith-Oriented Insider Mediators (TFIMs) in Conflict Transformation – Potential, Constraints, & Opportunities for Collaborative Support, launched this week in New York, conceptualises and contextualises a specific set of religious and traditional peacemakers as tradition- and faith-oriented insider mediators (TFIMs). The study considers their peace mediation roles, their potential and the constraints under which they work, and reflects on the opportunities for collaborative support that links various actors within conflict contexts.
To read the complete analysis of the study, click here: https://www.peacemakersnetwork.org/new-study-on-tradition-and-faith-oriented-insider-mediators-calls-for-more-effective-collaboration-between-peacebuilding-actors/
In May 2012, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), in collaboration with St. Paul’s University (SPU) and Emory University’s Interfaith Health Program (IHP), hosted a consultation on the role of faith-based organizations (FBOs) in sustaining country and community leadership in the response to HIV/AIDS. Participants included faith leaders from Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. In April 2015, PEPFAR, SPU, and IHP once again convened FBO leaders in a consultation to review the recommendations made in the first meeting, further examine critical issues in addressing HIV/AIDS, share valuable insights from experiences in responding to HIV/AIDS, and to chart a path for future efforts. This report includes descriptions of key issues raised in the Consultation; the scope of contributions of faith-based partners to HIV service delivery; the important role of FBOs in achieving the ambitious program goals developed by PEPFAR, UNAIDS, and other global partners; and the finalized set of key recommendations developed at the 2015 Consultation.
To read this and other IHP publications, click here: http://ihpemory.org/publications/ihp-reports/
This paper examines the myriad of public health, sociological, political, and theological issues that are at play when faith-based organizations (FBOs) provide HIV prevention, treatment, and support services to adolescents. The paper offers a case study of these issues as they play out among adolescents living in informal settlements across Nairobi.
To download the article, click here: http://www.academia.edu/26380628/Are_Faith-Based_Organizations_Assets_or_Hindrances_for_Adolescents_Living_with_HIV_They_Are_Both
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development fully recognizes migration and displacement as a core development consideration. It has introduced a range of specific SDG targets on migration and pledges to “leave no one behind”, including refugees, displaced persons and host communities. This publication shows how effective and sustainable solutions can only be reached through joint actions by development and humanitarian actors.
This brief argues that the vast majority of refugees and asylum seekers are hosted by poorer countries and almost four million have been welcomed by countries which themselves have experienced armed violence or are in conflict.
To read the material, and to read other Oxfam America publications, click here: https://www.oxfamamerica.org/explore/research-publications/
The recent outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa brought great loss of life and health. The world has responded with great care and attention and the people of impacted countries have shown resilience during these difficult times. IIPC receive numerous questions from public health and community leaders in regards to some practices that contribute to the spread of Ebola. Imam Mohamed Hag Magid drafted the following guidance that has been shared with the leading disease control and prevention organizations in the World as well as many Muslim scholars for their feedback.
To read and download the document, click here: http://www.iipcnet.org/resources
Rob Kilpatrick is director of Traidmission, which offers ethical, development-oriented business consulting. To read his latest publications, click here: https://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/people/rob-kilpatrick
Playlist of UN Videos from Summit featuring refugees, migrants and NGOs speaking at the Opening Ceremony and six Roundtable Dialogues
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Ms. Yusra Mardini, 18 year-old Syrian refugee now living in Germany, who swam for 3 hours in the Aegean Sea to push a boat to shore with 20 other refugees on board, and then became a swimmer as part of the Olympic Refugee Team.
Ms. Muzoon Almellehan, 17 year-old Syrian refugee who lived in Za’atari and Azraq refugee camps in Jordan, and is now a campaigner with the Malala Fund to call on governments to support the education of refugee children.
Via video: Lana (pseudonym), 11 year-old Syrian refugee living in Jordan who shared her dream to attend school via video sent by Save the Children to UN-NGLS in July.
Ms. Megan Smith, United States Chief Technology Officer
Ms. Kelly Clements, Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees
Moderator: Ms. Susan Alzner, Head of UN-NGLS NY
H.E. Ambassador David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations
Ms. Michele Klein Solomon, Senior Policy Advisor to the Director General of the International Organization for Migration
Member State speakers
H.E. Mr. Joe McHugh, Minister of State for the Diaspora and Overseas Development Aid, Ireland
H.E. Ambassador Martin Shearman, Ambassador of Development and Human Rights, Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom to the United Nations
Ms. Catherine Wiesner, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, United States Department of State
Refugee and migrant speakers:
Winnie Byanyima – Oxfam, Salim Youssef Salama – Palestinian League for Human Rights, Syria, Oscar Chacon – Alianza Americas, Zrinka Bralo – Migrants Organise, Sabah Hallak – Syrian League for Citizenship, Mina Jaf – Women Refugee Route, Dolores De Rico – Canadian Council for Refugees, Sarah Mardini – She is Syria, Maria Alabdeh – Women Now for Development Syria, Zaynab Ali Abdi – Malala Fund, Anoyara Khatun – Save the Children, Luis Canales – Center for Migration Studies, Hadia Zarzou – Syrian Community Network, Deborah Valencia – DIWATA and Melissa, Greece, Colin Rajah – Migrants Rights International, Global Coalition on Migration, Eni Lestari – International Migrants Alliance, Women’s Regional Network Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, Nwe Oo – Women’s League of Burma
Closing remarks: H.E. Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, President of the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly
Statement from FBOs regarding unmentioned faith in the Sendai Framework for DRR 2015-2030 during WCDRR 2015 in Sendai Japan. To see the document, and other publications by the Humanitarian Forum Indonesia, click here: http://www.humanitarianforumindonesia.org/Download/SeminarMaterial.aspx
The Syria crisis alone is the worst humanitarian crisis since the second world war. The following eBook, shows a basic explanation of the refugee crisis, how life as a refugee destroys children’s future and steps anyone can take to make a difference.
To download the eBook, click here: http://app.fh.org/refugee?utm_source=refugeedownload&utm_medium=resources&utm_campaign=downloads
This case study provides an overview of how a peace movement led by lay religious women inspired people across ethnic and religious lines and helped bring an end to the Second Liberian Civil War (1999-2003). The study examines this Liberian phenomenon by answering six questions: What are the causes of conflict in Liberia? How did domestic religious actors promote peace? How was laity-led peacebuilding different from that of religious elites? How did domestic efforts intersect with international efforts at peace? What factors explain the success of religion-inspired peacebuilding? How did religious actors continue to promote peace in the post-conflict phase? The case study includes a core text, a timeline of key events, a guide to relevant religious organizations, and a list of further readings.
To read the report, click here: https://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/publications/ending-liberia-s-second-civil-war-religious-women-as-peacemakers