PaRD Becomes Even More Diverse and Welcomes Five New Members

The International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD) keeps growing. Five new organisations join the global alliance in July 2022, including the G20 Interfaith Forum Association (IF20).

The International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD) warmly welcomes five new members. These new additions – Alliance for Peacebuilding, Church of England, G20 Interfaith Forum Association (IF20), Institute for Faith and Gender Empowerment, Rainbow Faith and Freedom – showcase the diversity of this global alliance. The PaRD Steering Group and members are looking forward to a fruitful and successful collaboration with all new members.

Overview of new members

Alliance for Peacebuilding

The Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP) is an award-winning 501(c) 3 not-for-profit, nonpartisan, network of 160+ organisations working in 181 countries to prevent conflict, reduce violence, improve lives, and build sustainable peace. AfP cultivates a network to strengthen and advance the peacebuilding field, enabling peacebuilding organisations to achieve greater impact. AfP has seen tremendous growth since its establishment in 2000. In 2018, AfP was awarded the Luxembourg Peace Prize in the category of Outstanding Peace Support, and in 2019, AfP was named the “number one influencer and change agent” among peacebuilding institutions worldwide. In 2022, AfP received the 14th annual Warren Knight Distinguished Service Award, which recognises the work of extraordinary individuals and organisations in advancing collaborative forms of dispute resolution and peaceful resolution of conflict.

Church of England

The Church of England is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion. It has more than 16,000 churches and 45 cathedrals, serving every part of England and across Europe. Members of the Church of England are actively involved in national life through a wide range of public bodies. Twenty-six bishops are members of the House of Lords and are engaged in debates about legislation and national and international affairs.

G20 Interfaith Forum Association (IF20)

The G20 Interfaith Forum (IF20) offers an annual platform where a network of religiously linked institutions and initiatives engage on global agendas (primarily and including the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs). The annual G20 Summits are a critical time and place where priority global issues are considered. The G20 process has evolved since it was established in 2008, with various platforms (ministerial meetings, engagement groups) that allow different sectors and communities to present ideas and recommendations to global leaders. Its goal is to contribute meaningful insight and recommendations that respond to and help shape the G20 and thus global policy agendas.

Institute for Faith and Gender Empowerment

The Institute for Faith and Gender Empowerment (IFAGE) is registered in Kenya as a non-governmental organisation (NGO) working on gender justice and equality in sub-Saharan Africa through advocacy and empowerment programs targeting women and girls, religious and faith groups, community leadership, and youth organisations. IFAGE's identity and strategy is to harness the potential of faith groups and religious communities in sub-Saharan Africa in order to address and transform harmful social gender norms that are the root causes of sexual and gender-based violence, injustices, and inequalities deeply entrenched in the socio-cultural, religious, political, and economic institutions that continue to oppress, disempower, and endanger the lives of many women and girls in the society, based on gender.

Rainbow Faith and Freedom

Rainbow Faith and Freedom is a global movement to confront religious-based LGBTI discrimination and improve the human and equality rights of LGBTI people everywhere. Decreasing and lessening the effects of religious-based LGBTI discrimination can, and will, make changing punitive laws easier and improve the lives of LBGTI people so they can be who they are, love who they want, and find safe and accepting places to practice their faith (worship). Rainbow Faith and Freedom is focused on three pillars of activity to address religious-based LGBTI discrimination – faith-based resources, strategic nation-focused programming, and domestic faith-based initiatives.

Join PaRD!

PaRD invites governmental and multilateral entities as well as religious and other civil society and non-governmental organisations and academic/research institutions to join as members. We are looking for members that want to actively shape our global partnership. Membership is free of cost.

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