The study of religion and development has it first academic journal, offering a resource for academics, decision makers and religious actors. Its interdisciplinary concept welcomes contributions from across the social sciences and humanities.

PaRD’s 2021 Annual Forum and General Assembly of Members provided first-hand accounts of issues affecting the Global South and explored how to “become more together” through dialogue, learning, and collaboration.

Khushwant Singh spoke on the inclusive process of the new PaRD strategy for 2022-2026, the importance of building partnerships in the Global South, and how South African leders have inspired him on the path of dialogue.

Vaccine Inequity, Food Security & Poverty Reduction, Climate Action, and Localising Aid are on PaRD’s agenda. Africa can benefit from PaRD, Dr Renier Koegelenberg talks about how PaRD can learn from South Africa.


How can interaction between governments and religious actors help to achieve the #SDGs? Take a look at #PaRD's 5️⃣-year strategy. Created from the consensus of over 140 diverse members, it shows the potential for cooperation that PaRD represents. 📑🔗

07. December

Time to open a new page: 1️⃣st journal on Religion & Development launched during PaRD annual meeting - it's interdisciplinary & welcomes contributions from the social sciences & humanities. 1️⃣st issue of "Religion & Development"📑🔗

06. December

Full Report Available | Annual Forum and General Assembly of Members +1️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ participants from religious and faith-based organisations, governments, multilaterals, & academia. 🔗📑 #GAM2021 | #SDGs

06. December

Summary Report | PaRD’s 2021 Annual Forum and General Assembly of Members provided first-hand accounts of issues affecting the Global South and more - read about the meeting: 👉🏿🔗 #GAM2021

03. December

Religious representatives play a key role in people's decision to get vaccines. Message from South African Priest Kagiso:

02. December

Jetzt bewerben! Praktikum im Sektorprogramm Religion und Entwicklung. Einsatz: 31.01.-29.04.2022. ggf. verlängerbar um 3 Monate. Erforderlich: Abgeschlossener B.A./M.A. in Politik-, Sozialwissenschaften, Theologie, Philosophie oder Religionswissenschaften…

22. November

Priest Kagiso | #Spiritually & #Solidarity is more important than ever in the wake of #Covid19, #Soweto, #SouthAfrica home to over➕ 1️⃣million and many churches have supported the fight against Covid-19.

21. November

PaRD Dialogues | A volunteer from the NGO Food For Life in #SouthAfrica - overseeing the distribution of over 300 food packets in Soweto, spoke with #PaRD Secretariat Head, Khushwant Singh. Volunteers like this work towards #SDG1 No Poverty | #SDG2 Zero Hunger | #SDG3 Good Health

21. November

PaRD Dialogues | Gloria Mokwatles talks with #PaRD Secretariate Head, Khushwant Singh about the history of #Soweto at the Hector Pieterson Museum in South Africa. She is a priest and spiritual caregiver working towards #SDG3 Health #PaRDDialogues

20. November

PaRD Dialogues | Priest Kagiso spoke with #PaRD about his church community in #Soweto. He helps achieve #SDG3 Health and Well-Being #PaRDDialogues

18. November


The International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD) convenes governments, multilateral entities, civil society, especially religious and faith-based actors, and academia in a safe space providing continuity for dialogue, learning, and collaboration to better inform policy and practices in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda.

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The International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD) is a dynamic multi-stakeholder global partnership that actively includes religious and faith-based actors, organisations, initiatives, and communities working towards achieving the 2030 Agenda. PaRD fosters networking, policy informing, the exchange of knowledge, good practices and lessons learned, and strengthening capacity and evidence base on a long-term basis at equal levels. Through work-streams, PaRD currently focuses on Health (SDG 3), Gender Equality (SDG 5), Environment, Water and Climate Action (SDG 6, 13, 14, 15), and Sustaining Peace (SDG 16). In mitigating the adverse effects of newly arising global crisis, PaRD is receptive to new areas of engagement. It has initiated work groups on food security and vaccines.

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PaRD provides a unique opportunity for members of several governments to regularly discuss the importance of faith in development and find ways to take action for common cause when it comes to the challenges of our day. Due to its international nature, it is a topic that affects every country and its programming. I am grateful to PaRD for making these essential connections a consistent part of our work.

Adam Nicholas Phillips

PaRD Steering Group Co-Chair and director of USAID Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and the Local, Faith and Transformative Partnerships Hub.

We have to act today, not just plan for 2030 and beyond, and planning for development goes beyond electoral cycles.

Mastorea Sadan

Chief Senior Expert National Planning Commission Secretariat (NDP), South Africa.

My vision as a new co-chair is to see PaRD as a place of healing and empowerment through service and full dedication to the SDGs. 

Hazel Maureen Danetta Dixon

PaRD Steering Group Co-Chair from African Union.

In all the inequity of the world - it is not that there are no resources or aid from richer to poorer, the issue is the effectiveness of the aid which is given. More stakeholders need to be involved, shared wisdom is needed in times of crisis, and PaRD will help ensure that there is transparency.

Bishop Sithembele Sipuka

President of the Southern Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC)

The successful PaRD General Assembly in South Africa has shown how far this unique partnership has come and how much more potential there is for exchange and cooperation between religious actors, governments and multilaterals for sustainable development. And never has it been more needed than now. Time to get even busier!

Peter Prove

PaRD Steering Group Co-Chair from World Council of Churches (WCC)

The development that all SDGs are trying to attain will never happen until the religious language within Muslim societies changes when it comes to girls rights – the girl’s rights to go to school, to get an education, to decide if she wants to marry and when she wants to marry.

Ani Zonneveld

Muslims for Progressive Values
PaRD member with focus on Gender Equality and Empowerment

PaRD provides a unique space: It allows faith-based organisations, governments and intergovernmental organisations to directly connect with each other. PaRD enables to learn about the positive potential of religion, and explore creative ways to tackle our common global challenges.

Prof. Mohammed Abu Nimer

PaRD Steering Group Member

Compassion, healing and unity is at the heart of spirituality – and to transcend man-made boundaries. To strengthen this positive force on a global level through collaboration between state actors and civil society, helps to commonly contribute to sustainable solutions for our wellbeing – and that of the Earth.

Khushwant Singh

PaRD Head of Secretariat

What PaRD has that is its strength right now, is the ability to bring together donor governments from the North with Faith-Based organizations (FBOs). PaRD needs to enable something catalytic, multireligious and multinational that’s transformative for people and lives!

Azza Karam

Secretary General of Religions for Peace
PaRD member with focus on Interreligious Dialogue