The Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities (JLI) Gender-based Violence Hub is offering a webinar on Faith and Gender Justice. 

Join the online discussion with the webinar speakers Professor David Tombs, University of Otago, and Shahin Ashraf, Islamic Relief Worldwide. The webinar will be moderated by Dr Elisabet le Roux, Stanford University,

For registration and further information please click here

Prof. Azza M. Karam has been appointed on behalf of ICCO and ACT Alliance as Professor of special appointment Religion and Sustainable Development. 

She will hold her inaugural lecture on Religions and Sustainable Development - From Overlooking to Commodifying Faiths? on June 13th, 2019 at 3.45 p.m. 

The lecture will take place in the aula of the university's main building, De Boelelaan 11045, followed by a reception. 

18.06.2019 - 23.07.2019

The Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities (JLI) is offering a four-part series of Webinars on climate. 

Tuesday, 23rd April, 2019 at 9 am ET:
Faith-based climate programs and practice examples

Tuesday, 21st May, 2019:
Interfaith Initiatives 

Tuesday, 18th June, 2019:
Applied Academic Research

Tuesday, 23rd July, 2019:
Advocacy Work

For registration and further information, please click here. Speakers will be announced shortly!

The co-hosts Middle East Council of Churches, KAICIID, Interreligious Platform for Dialogue and Cooperation in the Arab World, ACT Alliance and Islamic Relief Worldwide, World Vision International, Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities are convening the second of a series of seminars on The Role of Local Faith Actors in Implementing the Global Compact on Refugees on June 18th, 2019. 

The goals of the Saminar are to: 

  1. Present robust evidence on faith actors and their work to support refugees and migrants.
  2. Call for greater consultation and collaboration with faith actors, particularly local faith actors, delivering refugee protection and humanitarian assistance.
  3. Encourage the humanitarian community (donors, NGOs and coordination bodies) to build and sustain partnerships with local actors, including local faith actors.
  4. Formulate relevant policy recommendations for global and national governmental agencies, and humanitarian NGOs with regards to multi-stakeholder response and implementation of the GCR.
  5. Provide support for the UNHCR December Forum on Refugees.

Please note that attendance at this working meeting is by invitation and advance registration only.

As part of the European Union-funded project "Southeast Asia: Advancing Inter-Religious Dialogue and Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB)", The Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers is seeking peace action-orientated Interfaith Fellows to advance a growing body of interfaith peacebuilding work in South and Southeast Asia.

The Interfaith Fellowship Program will build the capacity and skills of local changemakers to challenge discrimination and oppression within both minority and majority religions in their own communities and implement projects contributing to inclusive societies. 

The application deadline is June 19th, 2019. For further information on the Fellowship and application modalities, please follow this link.



The fourth edition of the Ahimsa Forum, organised in collaboration with the World Faiths Development Dialogue, will be held at Les Pensières in Annecy, France, from June 24-28, 2019. 

The Forum will gather creative leaders, innovators and young people representing different sectors from all over the world to solve global health challenges.

Responding to a global instability exemplified by ongoing refugee and humanitarian crises, which demands innovative approaches, the Forum will help build resilience by breaking silos and encouraging faith inspired organisations to take leading roles in revitalized, enhanced global partnerships in health. 

For more detailed information and registration, please read more here

26.06.2019 - 27.06.2019
Stanford California, United States

The United Religions Initiative (URI) is hosting a two-day international conference, Accelerate Peace: Interfaith Action in Global Peacebuilding, on June 26 and June 27, 2019 at Hoover Institute on the Stanford University campus.

The conference will bring together grassroots interfaith peacebuilders, policy experts, and religious leaders, as well as representatives from the United Nations and international and interfaith organisations around themes including "Women's Empowerment and Environmental Sustainability" or "Ending Religious Motivated Violence". 

Participants will develop a deeper understanding of interfaith efforts towards global peacebuilding and consider targeted action steps to be undertaken locally and globally.

For further information and to purchase your tickets, please follow this link

The conference, convened by the Research Programme RCSD, seeks to contribute to the academic and policy discourse on religion and development from an interdisciplinary perspective. Over 50 international scholars will be presenting their research related to religion and sustainable development. 

This year's Lecture Series will be on African Independent and Pentecostal Approaches to Theology and Development

July 2nd, 2019: Faculty of Business and Economics, Spandauer Straße 1, 10178 Berlin
July 3rd to 6th, 2019: Faculty of Theology, Burgstraße 26, 10178 Berlin. 

Please register until June 23rd, 2019 and find more information here.

09.07.2019 - 18.07.2019
New York City, United States

The 2019 session of the HLPF, convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council, will be held from July 9th to 18th. 

The High-level Political Forum is the United Nations' central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and provides for the full and effective participation of all States Members of the UN and States members of specialized agencies. 

The 2019 theme will be "Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality". The set of goals to be reviewed in depth are SDGs 4, 8, 10, 13, 16 and 17.

For updated and more information please follow this link

07.08.2019 - 10.08.2019
Cape Town, South Africa

The iDove (Interfaith Dialogue on Violent Extremism) initiative has scheduled its 3rd ToT to take place from 7th-10th August 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. 

The iDove ToT is a four-day workshop with the goal to qualify young facilitators to deliver the Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) training format developed by iDove in their communities. These local iDove trainings aim to empower youth to play an active role in PVE and building cohesive communities at the local level. To this end, innovative youth-led approaches are combined with religious perspectives in an interactive workshop format. In addition to experiencing the iDove Training first hand, participants will be educated on learning styles and methodologies and will practise their own session delivery. 

iDove was jointly launched by the African Union Citizens and Diaspora Directorate (AUC-CIDO) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH to highlight the importance of the soft power of religion in PVE through innovative, youth-led approaches. 

If you would like to participate, please find further information on modalities on the attached flyer. The deadline for applications is June 2nd, 2019

20.08.2019 - 23.08.2019
Lindau, Germany

Every 5-6 years, Religions for Peace (RfP) convenes a World Assembly of senior-most religious leaders for the purpose of forging a deep moral consensus on contemporary challenges, electing a new World Council, and advancing multi-religious action across and beyond the RfP network.

This year, RfP will convene its 10th World Assembly under the theme Caring for our Common Future in Lindau, Germany from August 20th to 23rd, 2019. 

Around 700 religious representatives will come to together to discern commitments to peace that will serve as a shared foundation for multi-religious action. The religious leaders will be joined by representatives of nation States, the United Nations, foundations and other civil society sectors to forge multi-stakeholder partnerships for action.

Find more information by following this link

The organisers of the 2020 EADI ISS Conference 2020 on Solidarity, Peace, and Social Justice cordially call for session proposals for next year's conference. The General Conference will be convened by the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) and the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) from June 29th to July 2nd, 2020 in The Hague, The Netherlands. 

Participants are invited to reflect on aspects such as, but not exclusively: 

  • How can we give new meanings to solidarity in a period of growing distrust between and within nations and amongst people?
  • How can we, as development scholars and practitioners, contribute to peace and social justice in our work?
  • How can we find new understandings and/or explanations to the concept of 'development', without simply adding new adjectives?

The deadline for the submission of session proposals is September 6th, 2019.

Please see the conference website for further details. 

The annual iDove Intercontinental Youth Forums provide a valuable platform for young activists, academics, creatives & policy makers from all over Africa and Europa to share experiences, ideas and knowledge on constructive strategies to prevent violent extremism.

This year's Third Intercontinental Youth Forum will focus on the current challenge of rehabilitating and reintegrating (R&R) foreign fighters and other returnees

Taking returnees into account when designing Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) strategies has become more and more pressing in recent years as thousands of foreign fighters have been relocating to their home communities. Foreign fighters are strongly exposed to violent extremism ideologies, with many having witnessed or actively participated in acts of violence. Whether actively involved in fighting and violence or not, all returnees will require assistance in addressing the drivers that led to their involvement with violent extremism as well as in (again) assuming productive roles in society. 

iDove was jointly launched by the African Union Citizens and Diaspora Directorate (AUC-CIDO) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH to highlight the importance of the soft power of religion in PVE through innovative, youth-led approaches. 

Please find further information and application modalities in the attached flyer. 

29.06.2020 - 02.07.2020
The Hague, The Netherlands

The European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) and the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) will convene the 16th EADI General Conference in the Hague from June 29th to July 2nd, 2020. 

The central theme of the conference will be Solidarity, Peace and Social Justice. These three concepts represent aspirations for approaches to global development that address inequality, poverty and political marginalisation, also in connection to climate change and other environmental threats. 

For further information on the conference, please follow this link