Participants of the PaRD GAM in South Africa © GIZ/PaRD by Maurice Weiss



More than 80% of the global population affiliates with a religion. Religious values and beliefs influence the thoughts and actions of billions of people. Religious actors contribute daily and significantly to sustainable development around the world. Their unique global and local networks reach into the most remote corners of the world.

PaRD brings together governmental and intergovernmental entities with diverse civil society organisations (CSOs) and faith-based organisations (FBOs), to engage the social capital and capacities vested in diverse faith communities for sustainable development and humanitarian assistance in the spirit of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

PaRD aims at greater and institutionalised communication and coordination between secular and non-secular actors, while fostering new synergies through cooperation and collaboration of its members. In addition, PaRD uses synergies with existing networks and initiatives to contribute towards a more coherent, inclusive and effective international agenda on religion and development.

PaRD focuses on joint activities in the following areas of engagement:

  • Knowledge Exchange
  • Capacity Building
  • Joint Advocacy

Our members

Members of PaRD are governmental entities, intergovernmental entities and religious and value-driven CSOs that work together towards prioritized areas of work to engage the social capital vested in faith communities for sustainable development and humanitarian assistance. PaRD members meet at least once a year (PaRD General Assembly of Members) followed by work-stream meetings. Membership is based on formal request and approval by the PaRD Steering Group based on the established principles and guided by developed membership criteria. Please visit our members' overview or our world map to find out about our members. To find out on how to become a member, please click here.

Our work-streams

PaRD members focus their work on specific SDGs in the work-streams. These are spaces for joint collaboration between members of PaRD contributing to these areas of engagement. Each work-stream is chaired by at least two members (co-chairs) and develops individual annual work programmes based on the main strategic plan of PaRD. The work-streams’ work is based on SDG indicators selected through a consultative process by the membership of the group. All work-streams relate to SDG 17, which is the core of PaRD’s work and identity.

Jointly, members and partners have identified areas of common interest. Currently, the following four work-streams exist:

  • Sustaining Peace (SDG 16)
  • Gender Equality and Empowerment (SDG 5)
  • Health (SDG 3)
  • Water, Environment and Climate Action WECARE (SDG 6,13,14,15)

Just as the Sustainable Development Goals are interconnected in their theoretical and practical dimensions, all work-streams are bound together by the topic of Human Rights and Human Dignity. This cross-cutting issue is acknowledged to be a significant part of the work in all activities of PaRD.

Our governance

PaRD’s members govern the partnership through their elected Steering Group that provides leadership and guidance to the secretariat. The steering group reflects PaRD’s diversity regarding geography, faith, gender, as well as size and type of organization. The SG’s three elected co-chairs represent governmental entities, intergovernmental entities and FBOs/ CSOs in order to handle the day-to-day business of the SG.

PaRD is supported by an international secretariat located in Bonn, Germany hosted by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. The secretariat provides coordination of the work and communication systems, as well as logistical support and facilitation of PaRD activities. The secretariat becomes active on the basis of the agreed annual plan, other decisions by the PaRD General Assembly of Members, and decisions of the Steering Group (SG). A clear distinction between the programming and priorities of the host institution(s) and the work of PaRD is upheld and ensured.

The secretariat is financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Further information

To learn more about our partnership, please revisit the report and outcome documents of our last General Assembly of Members here.