The COVID-19 pandemic is ravaging across the globe, causing serious illnesses, strains in health care systems, death and economic downturn. Religious actors and faith-based organisations are at the forefront of responding to the pandemic. With access to broad and socially diverse communities, their responses range from sharing evidence based, credible information by trusted actors; safe regulation of faith life in adherence to the international guidelines by WHO of keeping caution and taking responsibility for the community by social distancing and staying at home to counselling of distressed. Furthermore, religious actors and faith-based organisations are promoting more than ever unity, solidarity, hope and humanity; practising inclusivity and reducing tensions towards the marginalised. Apart from sharing current information on precautions to be taken, they are also providing emergency services like medical care and food distributions to people at risk.
Please find further information and the full agenda of the webinar.
Prof. Dr. Mohammed Abu-Nimer - KAICIID Dialogue Center
Dr. Katherine Marshall - WFDD, Berkley Center, Georgetown University
Ms. Mercy Niwe - The World Bank Group
Rev. Kyoichi Sugino - Religions for Peace International
Mr. Jørgen Thomsen - Dan Church Aid/ ACT Alliance
Dr. Olivia Wilkinson - Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities
Objectives of the webinar
In this webinar convened by PaRD, development practitioners and religious and faith actors working on initiatives responding to the COVID-19 pandemic will:
• Showcase best practices, innovative approaches and elaborate their views on the importance of religious actors in responding to the ongoing pandemic.
• Share experiences and challenges from the field.
• Discuss way forward and possibilities for collaboration to leverage on the existing resources and networks.