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The Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities (JLI) and World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD) together with the Berkeley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University launched an online platform and daily emails to collect and communicate information related to religious action responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The aim is to organize information so that it can be quickly found and used by development policymakers and practitioners as well as religious actors who seek to work together in the COVID-19 response. View the platform or sign up.
PaRD provides an overview of different statements and initiatives by PaRD members in response to the virus. The activities and initiatives clearly show: Religions do matter even and especially when houses of worship are necessarily closed. The website also lists multiple possibilities to submit your own responses in the various fora that address the nexus between religion and development.
UNEP’s Faith for Earth Initiative also tracks faith responses to COVID-19 as well as media reports on the topic. The Faith for Earth Initiative aims to engage with faith-based actors on issues related to the environment and climate change and foster an honest dialogue between a UN Agency and religious organizations and their representatives.
The current outbreak of the COVID-19 virus and its quick spread has a lot to do with how humanity (mis-)manages and (mis-)uses the environment. It also has some very practical implications for creation care work around the globe – both on the advocacy and the implementation level. The webinar by the World Evangelical Alliance Sustainability Center addresses the intersection of environmental management and the spread of diseases while laying out some ways to find hope for humanity and the planet.
Taylor Ramsey, PhD, Senior Specialist on Inclusive Peace explains some ways in which religious and traditional leaders can support their communities in order to foster equality and inclusion in the time of COVID-19. For example, they can work with families to encourage girls to keep studying, as research after similar viral outbreaks have shown that girls who experience a disruption in schooling are less likely to re-enroll than their male counterparts. Also, religious and traditional leaders should watch out for increased rates of domestic and partner violence in their communities.
The April newsletter of the Center for Religion and Diplomacy features some very interesting stories, answering for example those two questions: Will COVID-10 cause a religious recession? And: Is the MENA region becoming less religious? Also, the bulletin addresses the impact of the pandemic on the hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca, which is compulsory for all Muslims who have the means and health to perform it.
The crisis does not operate in a vacuum and, as a result, the pandemic is increasing pre-existing gender inequalities. Around the world, gender roles have a marked impact on exposure, transmission, and outcome patterns of COVID-19. Women and girls are experiencing intersecting injustices in political, social and economic spheres. Read the full statement here.
World Bank’s Global Faith Engagement team is mapping faith response efforts to COVID-19 to identify potential opportunities to engage, particularly with relevant client country offices. If you would like to participate in this effort, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This strategy prioritizes several key areas to inform country‑specific programmatic actions to help families, communities and countries in the immediate response to the COVID‑19 pandemic over the next six months. The strategy lays out a clear results framework and correlates it with different activities that CRS will pursue.
This resource hub presents an extensive collection of insight into the worldwide interfaith response to COVID-19. It features reports about ongoing multi-religious collaboration, resources for specific faith communities and reflections of Religions for Peace leaders and partners.
Faith in Development Monitor (FiDM)
About the FID Monitor
Faith and existing belief systems do not receive enough attention in global development cooperation despite the fact that human development is inseparably interwoven with worldviews. Development is taking place in all societies and cultures which are deeply influenced by religions. At the same time, faith-based organizations are among the oldest and most influential actors in global and local development cooperation. The Faith in Development Monitor (1) illustrates the relevance of religion for international development cooperation, (2) increases religious literacy among practitioners and policymakers, and (3) comprehensively explains current developments in the field of "religion and development". We encourage readers and recipients to engage in dialogue with faith-based organizations.
Under the slogan "500 seconds for more faith in development", the free Faith in Development Monitor is published every two months in English and German.