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"The Corona crisis is an expression of human behavior which is based on fundamental imbalances between humanity and nature". With this statement, Prof. Dr. Dietrich Werner, Senior Advisor for Theology, Ecumenical Education and Research at Bread for the World, starts off to elaborate 14 forward-looking and innovative theses for new global ethical priorities. Werner questions the existing neo-liberal paradigms of modernity and the inequality they have created, which are exacerbated by COVID-19, e.g. in terms of access to health care, food, basic services, education, and digitalization. He proposes new ethical priorities which focus on real global solidarity and ecumenical sharing, as well as an ecological and social transformation.
Together with ACT Alliance, the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, DANIDA, the Swedish Mission Council and UNFPA, FABO Lab created a freely accessible course on Religion and Development. This course gives a basic introduction to the interaction between religion and development in order to build effective multilateral partnerships among secular and faith actors. It covers different areas such as faith-sensitive planning, religion and gender justice and religion and health. Fabo also created a specific course called “Faith-Sensitive Humanitarian Response (FSHR) (only accessible after registration).
Religious communities are on the front lines of responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, preventing the spread of infection and supporting the most vulnerable groups in society. The International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID) is offering small grants for short-term initiatives for organizations and individuals in the Arab Region, Myanmar and Nigeria responding to the pandemic, particularly through an interreligious approach.
How is COVID-19 affecting African countries? How are governments responding? The ONE Africa COVID-19 Tracker contains the latest reliable data from global institutions, governments, and universities on questions like: How many hospital beds do African countries currently have? What social protection measures are governments undertaking? How many people have insufficient food? Which governments are receiving debt relief?
The Corona crisis is a drastic reminder of the vulnerability of our one world. The MISEREOR discussion paper shows that global crises require global solutions, of which the rights and well-being of all people are an integral part. The paper addresses, among other things, the structural weaknesses of our economic and financial system, which exacerbate inequality in the Corona crisis. It is imperative that the economic recovery be socially acceptable and climate-friendly, the paper demands. Human rights must not be ignored in the fight against the crisis, nor must the rights and well-being of refugees.
Covid-19 has presented many theological challenges to the churches. There has been a wide range of interpretations, predictions, pronouncements by individual Christians and churches which at the end may lead to confusion, the staff of the All African Conference of Churches recognizes. Therefore, they developed 10 theological theses trying to promote a better understanding of Covid-19 from an ecumenical perspective. The first thesis is “Every Interpretation of the Origin and Purpose of COVID-19 is guesswork”, because "God’s thoughts are not our thoughts, nor are our ways his ways, says the Lord." (Isaiaha 55:8-99).
Abubakar Kabwogi, a Tanzanian Imam and Religions for Peace member in East Africa, and senior Muslim leaders and scholars met to develop a Muslims’ Handbook on COVID-19 to support the Muslim communities in Tanzania in dealing with the pandemic from an Islamic perspective. The handbook was published in English and Swahili. It does not only give practical guidance on how to prevent the spread and deal with the virus, but it also, in every stage of confronting the virus, gives spiritual guidance on prayers and practices to perform from an Islamic perspective. The response in Muslim communities was overwhelming and the booklet was received very positively according reports by Abubakar Kabwogi.
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.