Our Members

Members of PaRD are governmental entities, multilateral entities, academic institutions as well as religious, traditional, indigenous and other civil society organisations that work together towards prioritised 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 at PaRD’s Annual Forum on Sustainable Development followed by workstream and/or taskforce meetings.

Membership is based on formal request and approval by PaRD’s Steering Board based on the established principles and guided by developed membership criteria. For more information about PaRD’s members please visit our members’ overview including our world map. Click here to learn how to join PaRD.

Our Workstreams and Taskforces

Through PaRD’s Workstreams and Taskforces interested partners collaborate and gather evidence about the positive role of faith actors in sustainable development. Together, concepts are created for conferences, seminars, guidelines, briefing materials, and learning resources. Jointly, members and partners have identified areas of common interest. Learn more about current workstreams and taskforces here.

Our Governance

PaRD’s members govern the partnership through their elected Steering Board. It is formed by twelve members as well as the Head of Secretariat ex officio. Its members reflect PaRD’s diversity regarding geography, faith, gender, as well as size and type of organisation. The Steering Board’s three elected Co-Chairs represent governmental entities, intergovernmental entities and civil society organisations (especially faith organisations) in order to handle the day-to-day business of the Steering Board.

The Steering Board consults with the members through effective consultative processes on strategic planning and annual priorities, including joint advocacy activities and requests from the membership. It sets goals and plans for the network, approves new workstreams and taskforces as well as the annual budget.

PaRD is supported by an international secretariat located in Eschborn/Bonn (Germany). It is 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 made by PaRD’s General Assembly of Members, and decisions of the Steering Board. A clear distinction between the programming and priorities of the host institution(s) and the work of PaRD is upheld and ensured.