FiDM summer edition

Happy summer holidays!

Dear readers of the Faith in Development Monitor,

due to summer holidays and many trips of the Faith in Development Monitor team, we present to you a shortened version of the July edition. We send you some updates on events related to Faith and Development in the next 60 days, as well as new insights and publications in the field.
On September 24, the next full edition of the Faith in Development Monitor will be released offering you the newest insights and interesting information in our five categories: Cover Story, Religious Literacy Academy, Featured Actor, Events and Publications.

With best wishes for your summer,
Your Faith in Development Monitor team at PIRON Global Development


Faith and Development in the next 60 days

16 July 2019
Side Event by the International Partnership on Religion and Development (PaRD) at the High Level Political Forum, New York City, United States
The title of PaRD's side event is "Together for the Goals - Religious Actors' Role on Sustaining Peace - SDG16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions". Its main objectives is to highlight the role of religious and traditional actors in achieving the sustainable development goals and the importance of working across sectors with the inclusion of religious and traditional actors. A new "scoping study" on the role of religious and traditional actors related to peace and conflict will be launched.

15 - 16 July 2019
Laudato Si' Generation: Young People Caring for Our Common Home, Nairobi, Kenya
UN Environment’s Faith for Earth Initiative - along with partners including CYNESA (The Catholic Youth Network for Environmental Sustainability in Africa), WWF Regional Office for Africa, and the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development- is organizing a two-day conference on 15-16 July 2019 at the United Nations Office at Nairobi. Cardinal Peter Turkson, the Prefect of the Dicastery, and Joyce Msuya, Deputy Executive Director of UNEP, along with other leaders, will be opening the conference with a recorded video message from Pope Francis. You can see the concept note and the programme of the conference here. The conference will be attended by around 350 faith leaders, mainly youth, from more than 50 countries.

23 July 2019
Climate Webinar Series
The Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities hosts a four-part webinar series on climate, addressing “Advocacy, Faith and Climate” this time.

21 August
Side by Side: Man and Woman, One in Christ. Engaging Faith Narratives for Justice and Equality, Kigali, Rwanda
The aim of this conference is to mobilize the faith community, especially top leadership within Africa and beyond, for constructive dialogue on the role of faith actors in ending violence against women and girls. This conference is hosted by Ekklesia Foundation for Gender Education (EFOGE) in partnership with Christians for Biblical Equality (CBE).

7 - 10 August 2019
3rd iDove Interfaith Dialogue on Violent Extremism, Training of Trainers, Cape Town, South Africa
The iDove ToT is a four-day workshop with the goal to qualify young facilitators to deliver the Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) training format developed by iDove in their communities. iDove was jointly launched by the African Union Citizens and Diaspora Directorate (AUC-CIDO) and the GIZ to highlight the importance of the soft power of religion in PVE through innovative, youth-led approaches. 

20 - 23 August 2019
Religions for Peace 10th World Assembly, Lindau, Germany
This year, RfP will convene its 10th World Assembly under the theme "Caring for our Common Future". Around 700 religious representatives will come to together to discern commitments to peace that will serve as a shared foundation for multi-religious action.


Insights and Perspectives

The Role of Faith-Based Organizations and Faith Leaders in the 2014-2016 Ebola Epidemic in Liberia (2019)

Organization: Christian Journal for Global Health
Author: PerryJansen
Since the time of Christ, caring for the sick and the poor has been a core distinctive of authentic Christianity. The response of Christians during many of the great plagues of antiquity played an important role in the spread of Christianity. In modern history, response to epidemics have been professionalized and, to a certain extent, secularized. The 2014–2016 Ebola outbreak in West Africa offers an important illustration of the role that faith leaders and faith-based organizations still play in providing a trusted link between communities and international relief workers. During the latter half of 2018, the world was faced with another outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The author of this publication states that it is vital to build upon the lessons of prior epidemics as we support local efforts to prepare for, detect, and respond to inevitable future outbreaks.

Article: Islamic faith-based organizations and the state during the first three decades of Pakistan: An appraisal of theory and practice (2019)

Author: Hina Khan (University of Karachi)
One central issue of the current civic-engagement debate is the role of religion in the growth and working of civil society. The fact that the modern concept of civil society emerged in the secular environment of enlightenment era in Europe has put question marks on the role of religious establishments and organizations as a part of civil society. However, history bears the evidence that religion has provided one main motive in the humanitarian, relief and social welfare initiatives around the world. In this context, this paper seeks to explore the role of Islamic faith-based organizations (FBOs) in the history of Pakistan from 1947 to 1977 with particular reference to their relations as a section of civil society with the state of Pakistan.

JLI Ending Violence Against Children Scoping Study – Literature Review (2019)

Authors: Kathleen Rutledge and Carola Eyber
Organization: Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities
This literature review is one part of three of the JLI Ending Violence Against Children (EVAC) Hub scoping study. It presents an overview of published and grey literature in regard to the unique contributions of faith actors to eliminating violence against children as well as how faith actors have been involved in perpetuation thereof.

Faith for Earth Dialogue – United Nations Environment Assembly 4 -Synthesis Paper (2019)
Organization: United Nations Environment Programme
UN Environment held its fourth Environment Assembly on 11-15 March 2019. The aim of the Faith for Earth Dialogue was to engage faith leaders and faith-based organizations who to presented their positions, experiences and interfaith engagement as related to the main theme of the UN Environment Assembly – “Innovative solutions for environmental challenges and sustainable consumption and production”.

Climate Change Policy by Islamic Relief Worldwide (2019)

This publication sets out Islamic Relief’s policy on climate change. It builds on the foundation of Islamic perspectives and scientific evidence described in the Islamic Relief Climate Change Policy of December 2014. Outlining policy messages for Islamic Relief programmes, partners and external audiences, the policy takes account of new events and adds Islamic Relief’s recent experience in adaptation, resilience, human development and poverty reduction.

Education for Peace in a Multi-Religious World:  A Christian Perspective (2019)

Organization: World Council of Churches
The purpose of this document is to encourage churches and Christian organizations to reflect on the structural roots of what has led to the disruption of peace in the world, and on their own current practices and priorities in relation to education and peacemaking. At the same time, it is hoped that the document may assist a wider conversation on education for peace involving followers of other religions, as well as social and political actors in our multi-religious world, taking into consideration specific historical and cultural contexts.

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The factor "faith" receives too little attention in global development cooperation despite the fact that human development is inseparably interwoven with worldview. The societies and cultures in which development projects are implemented are deeply influenced by religion. At the same time, religious organizations are among the oldest and most influential actors in global and local development cooperation. The Faith in Development Monitor contributes to (1) illustrating the relevance of religion for international development cooperation, (2) increasing religious literacy among practitioners and policymakers, and (3) comprehensively explaining current developments in the field of "religion and development".

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