NEWS

Research shows that governments and multilateral organisations can be more efficient in meeting some of their development cooperation goals by working with religious organisations and communities.

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.

Continuing on its path towards more diversity and outreach to the Global South, PaRD elected new leadership at the annual meeting in South Africa.

CALENDAR
21
Feb
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04
Mar
United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA 5.2)
Virtual sessions with a focus on faith-based engagement from 21 February to 4 March on the occasion of the fifth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly – UNEA 5.2 (2022).
14
Mar
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25
Mar
UN Commission on Status of Women (CSW66)
Side Event by the PaRD Gender Equality and Empowerment work-stream during CSW66 from 14 to 25 March 2022.
25
May
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29
May
German Catholic Convention (Katholikentag)
PaRD is planning to hold a side event on 28 May at the German Catholic Convention in Stuttgart.
02
Jun
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03
Jun
Stockholm+50
Stockholm+50: An international environmental meeting in Stockholm on "a healthy planet for the prosperity of all – our responsibility, our opportunity".
09
Jun
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10
Jun
International Conference: Religious Engagement in Global Affairs
Religious Engagement in Global Affairs - A New Interreligious Dynamic for the Good of Humanity. Conference in Geneva, 9-10 June 2022.
05
Jul
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06
Jul
Global Summit to promote Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB)
The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) will host a global summit to promote Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) from 5 to 6 July in London.
05
Jul
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15
Jul
High Level Political Forum
High Level Political Forum “Building back better from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” with in depth reviews on five SDGs.
23
Aug
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01
Sep
World Water Week
The World Water Week 2022 will take place in a hybrid format online and in Stockholm.
31
Aug
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08
Sep
11th assembly of the World Council of Churches
Originally planned for September 2021 in Karlsruhe, Germany, the WCC has postponed its 11th Assembly to the second half of 2022. The location will remain the same.
TWITTER

Read more on how religion's relevance in people's lives can help form solutions to global challenges. @rcsd_hu's Philipp Öhlmann with PaRD on "Prayers and Policy: How Governments and Religious Actors can meet Sustainable Development Goals together" 🔗 partner-religion-development.org/service/news-a… pic.twitter.com/Hzv0ihcP9d

26. January
@PaRDSecretariat

Studies show that insecurity increases religiosity in societies; religion plays a more significant role in places where development cooperation is relevant. What else can collaboration between academics & religion tell us? #PaRD is tweeting about research this week.

26. January
@PaRDSecretariat

What are your goals for 2022 with PaRD? PaRD will keep providing continuity for dialogue, learning, and collaboration to better inform policy and practices in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda. #SDGs Learn more about it: partner-religion-development.org/about/vision-a…

14. January
@PaRDSecretariat

Our Membership is growing in 2️⃣0️⃣2️⃣2️⃣ - Be part of governments, multilateral entities, religious and other civil society actors and academia working together to achieve the #2030Agenda, become a PaRD member: partner-religion-development.org/members/join-u…

12. January
@PaRDSecretariat

There's a PhD position at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen @univgroningen 🇳🇱 Join #JISRA & research Freedom of Religion and Belief #FoRB in Kenya🇰🇪 & Indonesia🇮🇩 Deadline:31 January 2022 Details here 👉🏿 bit.ly/3K5k532 @FaithtoActionet is a PaRD Member

11. January
@PaRDSecretariat

Religion and Development is the 🥇 academic journal that takes a multidisciplinary look at the role of religion for development. @ReligionandDev's board has several PaRD members on it, including the Humboldt University's @rcsd_hu. 🔗 bit.ly/3JPT4R5

10. January
@PaRDSecretariat

No one is unaffected from #COVID-19. As Religious leaders around the world speak up, look at what PaRD members have done & said in response to the virus. partner-religion-development.org/members/religi… #ReligionsRespond

06. January
@PaRDSecretariat

By focusing on how religion can sustain and build peace, PaRD's #SustaningPeace work-stream is committed to supporting action on #SDG16. Find out more👉🏿 partner-religion-development.org/work-streams/s… pic.twitter.com/MJhvHz2yQn

04. January
@PaRDSecretariat

#Religious actors are in a unique position to make transformational & sustained progress towards #genderequality and #empowerment. Learn more about PaRD's #SDG5 work-stream 👉🏿 partner-religion-development.org/work-streams/g… pic.twitter.com/jSf5QiX15s

04. January
@PaRDSecretariat

PaRD's Water, Environment and Climate Action work-stream (WECARE) explores the potential of religious actors to contribute positively to achieving #SDG6 #SDG13 #SDG14 and #SDG15. How do they complement secular approaches? Read more 👉🏿partner-religion-development.org/work-streams/w… pic.twitter.com/2H1nAteQuT

03. January
@PaRDSecretariat

MISSION

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
144
members
from
38
countries
from
8
religions
from
7
governments
from
7
multilateral entities
from
128
organisations inspired by religion
WHAT WE DO

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.

Knowledge centre
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religion and development.
VOICES FROM PaRD AND BEYOND

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

KAICIID
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