With more than 80% of people expressing a religious affiliation, there is a growing recognition that faith has the potential to play an active role in providing significant moral, social and political agency for advancing inclusive and sustainable development.

Religious institutions, communities of faith and faith-based organisations are deeply involved in critical development and humanitarian relief activities, including in entrenched situations of conflict. How can the resources these organisations bring to the table (human, financial and spiritual) be better understood and more effectively tapped by all of those working to serve the very same communities?

Developed in collaboration with the United Nations Inter-agency Task Force on Religion and Development (stewarded by UNFPA and UNAIDS), and the International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD), this Strategic Learning Exchange enables experiential and knowledge-based sharing on how and why religion matters to multilateralism, and considers the methods, tools, challenges and opportunities of engaging with religious actors.



Upon successful completion of this course, participants will:

  • Have a better understanding of the linkages between faith, development and humanitarian work in the context of the 2030 Agenda;
  • Be able to identify and articulate opportunities, challenges and modalities for UN partnerships with religious communities and faith-based organisations in development and humanitarian work;
  • Be able to critically assess current UN and development/humanitarian agencies’ collaborative partnerships with religious institutions and faith-based organisations and identify the key elements, methods and tools needed to strengthen such partnerships.

Course Methodology

Course Methodology: 

Through interactive and participatory sessions, developed and refined since 2010, and based on a peer-to-peer learning methodology which involves subject matter experts, this Strategic Learning Exchange explores the linkages between faith and humanitarian/development work in the context of the 2030 Agenda. It seeks to enhance "literacy" and engagement skills around religion and development.

Course Contents

Course Contents: 
  • Day 1: Linkages between faith, humanitarian and development work, framed in the light of the 5 Ps of the 2030 Agenda
  • Day 2: How does faith interact with development and humanitarian work? (Case studies)
  • Day 3: What are the skills and the tools available to undertake better outreach and partnerships?

Target Audience

Target Audience: 

UN staff and partners from international organisations, bilateral development agencies, NGOs (including faith­-based organisations), and religious institutions

Cost of participation

Cost of participation: 

UN staff and partners from international organisations, bilateral development agencies: 1500 USD
NGOs (including faith-based organisations), and religious institutions: 500 USD

The course fee covers the following:

  • Three days of peer-to-peer exchange with a balance of presentations and group work on case studies and exercises;
  • Exclusive access to our online learning platform with training and supporting background materials, and the opportunity to stay connected with colleagues;
  • All course materials, resources and contacts.

Participants are expected to cover all travel costs related to their attendance in the course. Accommodation in a hotel in town will be booked in advance by the UNSSC; however, the accommodation costs will be borne by the participants.

Certificates of Attendance from the UN System Staff College will be awarded to participants who complete the course.

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