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Resources

Learning About Religion and Development

Find trainings and learning tools to broaden your knowledge about the links between religion and development. Explore and discover the important role of religion in sustainable development. The free online trainings, courses, and resources listed here are created by experts and actors in the field.

Introduction to Religion and Peacebuilding

Online course | Introduction to Religion and Peacebuilding aims to contribute to the ways in which religion can support peacebuilding, particularly reconciliation and mediation, to analyse religious dimensions to peace and conflict through a case study and to provide understanding of the importance of applying a gender lens in religious peacebuilding.

  • Course developer: The USIP Academy
  • Language of delivery: English
  • Type: Online course (self-paced)
  • Price: Free
  • Content & duration: 5 sections, including a case study (3-5 hours)
  • Year: 2020
  • More information: https://www.usip.org/academy...

Religion & Development

Online course | Religion & Development provides an overview on the overlap of both topics. It aims to teach multilateral partnership building between secular and religious actors.

  • Course developer: ACT Alliance, Danida, GIZ and Swedish Mission Council
  • Language of delivery: English
  • Type: Online course (self-paced)
  • Price: Free
  • Content & duration: 10 modules of around 10 to 15 minutes
  • Year: 2020
  • More information: https://fabo.org/enrol/?id=531

Religious Engagement in Peacebuilding – A Common Ground Approach

Online course | Religious Engagement in Peacebuilding – A Shared Approach provides knowledge for all those working in peacebuilding who want to gain more confidence in working with religious actors and institutions.

  • Course developer: The USIP Academy
  • Language of delivery: English, French, Arabic
  • Type: Online course (self-paced)
  • Price: Free
  • Content & duration: Six chapters, total of 14-17 hours
  • Year: 2020
  • More information: https://www.usip.org/academy/catalog/...

Why Religion Matters: Religious Literacy, Culture and Diversity

Online training | Why Religion Matters: Religious Education, Culture and Diversity aims to provide a broader understanding of why religion matters in society and in different cultures.

  • Course developer: The Open University, o4af.com
  • Language of delivery: English
  • Type: Online training (self-paced)
  • Price: Free
  • Content & duration: 4 modules stretched over 4 weeks (3 hours per week)
  • Year: 2020
  • More information: https://o4af.com/opportunity/free-online-course...

Assessing Faith-Based Actors’ Contributions to the SDGs

Online training | Assessing Faith-Based Actors Contributions to the SDGs aims to encourage and enable RBOs to explore how their current work links to the SDGs, and to make these links in their work more visible and more intentional.
It is a shortened version of the Online Course “Engaging Faith Actors to Support the Implementation Process of the Sustainable Development Goals”.

Engaging Faith Actors to Support the Implementation Process of the Sustainable Development Goals

Online training | Engaging Faith Actors to Support the Implementation Process of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recognises the importance of religious leaders and Religious-Based Organisations (RBOs) cooperating closely with national and international stakeholders to fully achieve the implementation of the SDGs. To this end, the course provides training to ensure that the implementation of the SDGs is inclusive and participatory.

  • Course developer: KAICIID Dialogue Center
  • Language of delivery: English
  • Type: Online training (self-paced)
  • Price: Free
  • Content & duration: 7 modules for 7 weeks (3 hours per week)
  • Year: 2022
  • More information: https://www.kaiciid.org/dialogue-knowledge-hub/...

Religion & Diplomacy

Resource | Religion & Diplomacy gives an overview on online resources dealing with the practical interface between religion and international affairs. The online platform hosts a library with the title “Religious Literacy” that lists online tools for developing greater familiarity with the world religions.

  • Platform developer: Transatlantic Policy Network on Religion and Diplomacy
  • Language of delivery: English
  • Type: Portal with online tools
  • Price: Free
  • Content & duration: Depends on the course
  • Year: 2022
  • More information: https://religionanddiplomacy.org/library...

Religion and World Affairs Virtual Course Modules

Resource | Religion and World Affairs Virtual Course Modules provide resources and information to support online learning on the topic of the intersection between religion and world affairs.

  • Course developer: Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs
  • Language of delivery: English
  • Type: Resources for self-study
  • Price: Free
  • Content & duration: Depends on the module
  • Year: 2020
  • More information: https://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/...

The Common Ground Approach to Religious Engagement

Resource | The Common Ground Approach to Religious Engagement is a training toolkit that provides materials for training sessions to strengthen a common ground in religious engagement for research field-based practitioners around the world.

  • Course developer: Search for Common Ground
  • Language of delivery: English, French, Arabic
  • Type: Training toolkit
  • Price: Free
  • Content & duration: Training material for a 2-day course
  • Year: 2020
  • More information: https://www.sfcg.org/the-common-ground...

Waking the Giant – Faith-Based Actors and the SDGs

Resource | The manual Waking the Giant – Faith-Based Actors and the SDGs provides guidelines for organising training for churches and other RBOs on the United Nations Agenda 2030 and the SDGs.

  • Course developer: The Lutheran World Federation (LWF)
  • Language of delivery: English, French, Spanish
  • Type: Manual
  • Price: Free
  • Content & duration: 6 modules, the duration varies and depends on the groups size and dynamic
  • Year: 2021
  • More information: https://www.lutheranworld.org/content...