Knowledge Centre

The PaRD Knowledge Centre is a collection of relevant resources on religion and sustainable development. It includes reports, policy papers, booklets, journals, e-books and compendia.

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Religious Communities and Ecological Sustainability in Southern Africa and Beyond

This volume seeks to elucidate the role of religious communities for ecological sustainability with a focus on Southern Africa. The book provides resources for scholars and students of religion and ecological sustainability, religious communities and faith-based organizations as well as policymakers, practitioners and NGOs in the field of sustainable development. © 2024 Philipp Öhlmann and Juliane Stork as editors and the respective authors. Attribution 4.0 International

“We have values that are needed” – Faith Actors and their role in Civic Space

The report, entitled “We have values that are needed: Faith Actors and their role in Civic Space,” by Dr Elisabet Le Roux, cobranded by DanChurchAid, ACT Alliance, and the World Council of Churches (WCC), was released on 18 June at a side event during the 56th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. © 2024 ACT Alliance, DCA, WCC

Sacred Sites Promoting Pluralism

Conference Readout: On March 15, 2024, Pepperdine University’s Program on Global Faith and Inclusive Societies convened a formal launch event for the Sacred Sites Promoting Pluralism (SSPP) initiative after a year of preliminary research. © 2024 SSPP

Climate Change Disinformation: The Need for Legal Development

The World Council of Churches (WCC), in a submission to the Assembly of State Parties to the International Criminal Court on 14 December 2023 urged the creation of a better legal framework to address climate change disinformation. © 2023 WCC

Bericht der Bundesregierung zur weltweiten Lage der Religions- und Weltanschauungsfreiheit

Der Dritte Bericht zum weltweiten Stand der Religions- und Weltanschauungsfreiheit wurde von der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Religions- und Weltanschauungsfreiheit im Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ) in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Auswärtigen Amt (AA) erstellt. Er umfasst den Zeitraum von 2020 bis 2022. © 2023 BMZ

The German Federal Government’s Third Report on the Global Status of Freedom of Religion or Belief

The Third Report on the Global Status of Freedom of Religion or Belief was prepared by the Federal Government Commissioner for Freedom of Religion or Belief, who is based at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), in cooperation with the German Federal Foreign Office (AA). It covers the period from 2020 to 2022. © 2023 BMZ

Tercer Informe del Gobierno Federal Alemán Sobre la Situación Mundial de la Libertad de Religión o Convicciones

Resumen del tercer informe sobre la situación mundial de la libertad de religión o de creencias, elaborado por el Comisionado del Gobierno Federal para la Libertad de Religión o Creencia del Ministerio Federal de Cooperación Económica y Desarrollo (BMZ) en cooperación con el Ministerio Federal de Asuntos Exteriores (AA). Abarca el periodo comprendido entre 2020 y 2022. 2023 BMZ

Strengthening Faith-Sensitive Mental Health and Psychosocial Support for Children on the Move

This policy brief published in September 2023 provides recommendations for strengthening faith-sensitive MHPSS in order to foster resilience in displaced children. © 2023 PaRD

Diverse Pathways to People-Centred Justice

This report sets out a constructive way forward to achieve greater engagement with the empirical reality of customary and informal justice (CIJ) and – in appropriate cases – engagement with CIJ. PaRD members partcipated in a multi-religious consultation in 2023 to help inform this report of the Working Group on Customary and Informal Justice and SDG16+. © 2023 IDLO

Global Voices on the International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development

Discover a collective narrative from 10+ voices within the International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development, revealing the profound connections between faith and sustainability. © 2023 PaRD

Effectiveness of Local Faith Actors in Peacebuilding, Development, & Humanitarian Response

This report explores the role of local faith actors in achieving SDG 16 based on research conducted in Nigeria’s Middle Belt region. © 2023 PaRD

Conflict Sensitivity in Practice: A Cambodian Case Study

This publication has been produced by Cord with the support of the European Union and the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC). © 2023 Cord

Online Harassment and Censorship of Women Human Rights Defenders

This report outlines the scope of online harassment directed at Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs). It also provides recommendations of actions to be taken by various actors, including religious actors, to combat online harassment and ensure a strong, inclusive democratic debate online. © 2023 DanChurchAid

Navigating Adolescence – Lessons on Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health: Partnerships …

Perspective shared at a side-event at the 2022 International Conference on Familiy Planning (ICFP). © 2023 PaRD

Freedom of Religion and Belief in Islam. A Toolkit

This toolkit was created to be an argumentation aid for those Muslims who, in Muslim contexts, are discriminated against and accused of being false believers because of their expressions of thought and opinion. © 2022 Muslims for Progressive

List of Speakers | PaRD’s Annual Forum on Religion and Sustainable Development 2022

This list gives an overview of speakers at PaRD’s Annual Forum on Religion and Sustainable Development 2022. © 2022 PaRD