Religion matters. More than 80% of the global population affiliates with a religion, and religious values and leaders influence the thoughts and actions of billions of people. Religion is a source of strength and resilience in harsh conditions as well as emergencies. It also inspires millions of volunteer workers everywhere. The unique global and local networks fostered by religious actors reach into the most remote corners of the world.
PaRD brings together members and partners from all over the world in order to harness the positive impact of religion in sustainable development.
Religious and faith-based organisation (ROs/FBOs) play a prominent role in providing essential services in healthcare and education as well as supporting victims of natural and man-made disasters. Many of their beneficiaries are among the 125 million people worldwide who are currently affected by wars and other disasters, including 65 million people who have been forcibly displaced from their homes. 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.
The International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD) was established in February 2016 at the Berlin conference “Partners for Change – Religions and the 2030 Agenda”. It brings together members and partners from all over the world in order to harness the positive impact of religion in sustainable development and humanitarian assistance. Membership of PaRD is voluntary and open to all bilateral donor countries and multilateral development agencies. Partners are civil society and non-governmental organisations such as religious organisations, secular NGOs, community initiatives, foundations, academic institutions and other relevant development organisations.
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, while fostering new synergies through cooperation of its members and partners. In addition, PaRD uses synergies with existing networks and initiatives to contribute towards a more coherent and effective international agenda on religion and development. As a results-driven partnership, PaRD focuses on joint activities in the following areas of cooperation:
- Knowledge Sharing & Learning Exchange
- Networking & Dialogue
- Capacity Building
- Policy Advice
- Monitoring, Reviewing & Joint Learning
PaRD is supported by an international secretariat located in the offices of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für International Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Bonn and Berlin, Germany. The secretariat contributes its expertise in the field of religion and development to support PaRD members and Partners in the promotion of dialogue, implementation of projects and effective policy formation.