Insights and Perspectives

Booklet: Faith in Action for Children: How Religious Leaders and Communities Can Support and Protect Children during the COVID-19 Pandemic, Arigatou International, Global Network of Religions for Children, 2020.

In awareness of the essential influence of faith actors in the field of child protection, this booklet calls religious leaders and religious communities to extend their measures for children impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and provides nine concrete recommendations in the support and protection of the well-being of children on a physical, socio-emotional and spiritual level.

ToolkitEngaging with Local Faith Actors and Communities – A Toolkit, ACT Alliance EU, EU CORD, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Caritas Europa, 2020.

Recognizing the essential role of faith leaders and communities, the toolkit addresses the question ‘What can staff in EU Delegations or field offices of the European Commission's department for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations do to engage with religious leaders and faith communities, when faced with a crisis with the urgency of a pandemic’. The booklet works out the role of faith actors in emergency response and provides practical recommendations for strengthening partnerships with faith actors.

Handbook: Globalance – Ethics Handbook for a Balanced World Post-Covid, Christoph Stückelberger, 2020.

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Stückelberger centers his book around the questions ‘How can we transform disruptions, like the COVID-19 pandemic, and imbalances through a new dynamic world order and global balances’ and ’How can ethics contribute to this transition by a balance of values and virtues’, calling the reader to rediscover and vitalize basic values and virtues so as to establish a more balanced and cooperative world in the aftermath of COVID-19. The book especially highlights polarities in values and virtues in thirty societal sectors and provides possible steps towards transformation by balance.

Summary: FBO COVID-19 Response Summary, World Bank Group, 2020.

This summary provides an overview of the COVID-19 response efforts of 142 faith-based organizations worldwide. Arranged by country of operation and focus area, the overview aims to facilitate faith collaboration with country offices of the World Bank Group, especially in the field of community engagement.

Resource Guide: Faith and COVID-19: Resource Repository, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities, World Faiths Development Dialogue, 2020.

This online platform is a living document collecting resources on the religious response on the COVID-19 pandemic. Aim of the project is the connection and increase of collaborations between actors and observers in the field and the localization of the most vulnerable communities in the crisis. The document is updated at regular intervals on a daily or weekly basis.

Resource Guide: COVID-19: Practising our Faith Safely During a Pandemic – Adapting how we gather together, pray and practise rituals, UNICEF, Religions for Peace, Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities, 2020.

As part of a series of the Faith and Positive Change for Children Initiative, this resource guide introduces the initiative and provides faith leaders and communities with concrete steps to adapt their gatherings and rituals to the current COCID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, it works out teachings and sacred texts in dealing with the pandemic and provides ideas for dialogue and action and a list of additional resources. The guide concludes with a joint call to action of religious leaders provided by Religions for Peace and UNICEF.

The Berkley Center Conversations highlight an amazing review provided by Prof. Azza Karam, Secretary General of Religions for Peace and former convener of the UN Interagency Task Force on Faith Engagement in Development. Prof Karam is interviewed by Prof Jose Casanova, the well-known scientist on interface of secular and religious actors in development.

Faith in Development Monitor (FiDM)

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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.

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9 March 2021


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