The International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD) keeps growing. Five new organisations join the global alliance in July 2022, including the G20 Interfaith Forum Association (IF20).

Governments and policymakers focus more on freedom of religion and belief (FoRB) and how it ties into global issues like human rights and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The World Council of Churches (WCC) and International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD) co-hosted a hybrid event on 2 June at Stockholm+50. Exploring the theme “Climate Action and Water for Life towards Creation Justice!”…

To put the words of PaRD’s Strategic Plan 2022-2026 into action and to strengthen existing and forge new relationships, PaRD’s leadership met in Washington, DC and New York in May 2022.

Despite being caught up in the fallout of the military coup, Myanmar’s religious actors are working together to protect human rights.


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05. August

📢EVENT | Regional Forum on #Religion and #Covid19: Implications for #DevelopmentCooperation with #ReligiousCommunities in #SouthernAfrica 📅 22.08.2022 ⌚️ 08:30-15:30 (SAST/CEST) 🗺️ in-person @ University of Pretoria |💻 virtually 🗣 English ℹ️ Register…

04. August

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03. August

👋PaRD warmly welcomes five new members: @AfPeacebuilding, @churchofengland, @IF20org, #InstituteforFaithandGenderEmpowerment and @rainbow_freedom Learn more about these new additions to our global alliance. 👇…

02. August

Learning About Religion and Development | #ReligiousActors are - and always have been - part of #ClimateAction. Learning about the connection is easy - @PaRDSecretariat has a list of online classes, workshops and resources 👇🏽…

02. August

📅 August Already? This Month: ☑️ 22.08.2022 Southern African Regional Roundtable ☑️ 23.08.2022 World Water Week 2022 ☑️ 31.08.2022 11th Assembly of the World Council of Churches ... and much more. Stay up to date ⬇️… PaRD Member? Have your events added!

01. August
Regional Forum on Religion and Covid-19 (Southern Africa)
During the "Regional Forum on Religion and Covid-19: Implications for Development Cooperation with Religious Communities in Southern Africa", religious leaders, multilateral representatives, academics and governments from Southern Africa will discuss lessons learnt from the region's response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The hybrid event is organised by PaRD's Health-Stream and others.
World Water Week 2022
The title “Seeing the unseen: The value of water” accompanies this year's World Water Week. The World Water Week brings academia, decision-makers, young perspectives, national institutions, and non-governmental organisations together.
11th Assembly of the World Council of Churches
The 11th Assembly of the World Council of Churches will take place in Karlsruhe, Germany, under the theme "Christ's love moves the world to reconciliation and unity".
77th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 77)
UNGA 77 will open on Tuesday, 13 September 2022. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 20 September 2022. More information to follow.
Addressing Apostasy and Blasphemy Laws in Muslim Societies
The workshop is organised by Muslims for Progressive Values. The event will be held in person in Washington, DC and is also open to the public via Zoom.
2022 Civil Society Policy Forum (CSPF)
The Civil Society Policy Forum (CSPF) is a key event during the World Bank Group-International Monetary Fund Spring and Annual Meetings.
Geneva Peace Week
The theme of GENEVA PEACE WEEK 2022 (GPW22) is "Peace is Possible". Recent local and geopolitical developments, and how they impact the work of those working towards a more peaceful and just society globally will be discussed.
PaRD’s Annual Forum on Religion and Sustainable Development 2022
PaRD is hosting its Annual Forum on Religion and Sustainable Development (previously known as Annual Forum and General Assembly of Members (GAM)) as a hybrid event, the on-site venue being Bali, Indonesia.
UN Climate Change Conference 2022
The 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 27) to the UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC) will take place in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.


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.

PaRD has
multilateral entities
organisations inspired by religion

PaRD’s Current Priority Areas

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.

PaRD operates under the human rights framework and the assumption that inclusion and freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief (FoRB) is an integral part and a horizontal theme in the nexus of religion and development. PaRD takes a constructive approach to FoRB based on good practices, shedding light on its reciprocal relationship to sustainable development and humanitarian aid.

Here you find PaRD's strategic plan 2022-2026. 

Knowledge centre
Find selected publications on
religion and development.

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 contributions of religious actors to achieving the SDGs need scientific investigation and scrutiny. A transdisciplinary approach is necessary: research not only about, but with religious actors. The membership of our research programme in PaRD creates excellent conditions for this. 

Prof Dr Wilhelm Gräb

Head of the Research Programme on Religious Communities and Sustainable Development of Humboldt University

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