‘Religion & Sustainable Development: Building Partnerships to End Extreme Poverty’ Conference held at the World Bank Headquarters


Approximately 140 leaders from diverse international policy, religious, and faith-inspired groups convened at the “Religion & Sustainable Development: Building Partnerships to End Extreme Poverty” conference on July 7-9 at the World Bank Headquarters, beginning with an event on July 7 to launch the Lancet Series on Faith and Health. The conference facilitated a high level, action-oriented conversation about what works and what does not when it comes to engaging faith assets.

The conference was co-hosted by the World Bank Group, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), World Vision, GHR Foundation, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in collaboration with the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities (JLIF&LC) and others. Jean Duff, President of the Partnership for Faith & Development, serves as Coordinator of the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities and assisted in coordinating the event. In attendance were senior international development policy makers, leaders of faith groups, academics, and other experts to focus on practical aspects of partnership between public sector and faith groups. In particular, leaders of the co-hosting agencies will be attending and speaking at the conference.

The conference connected international development policy makers to knowledge, experience, research, methods and expert relationships to support more effective partnerships with religious and faith-inspired groups in the common cause of ending extreme poverty and promoting sustainable development. Specific recommendations for action to strengthen effective partnerships were developed through the conference process.

The conference produced the following outcomes:

  1. Frontline policy makers were better connected to knowledge, experience, research, methods and expert relationships to support more effective partnerships with faith groups in the common cause of ending extreme poverty and promoting sustainable development
  2. Specific recommendations for action were developed to strengthen effective partnerships between religious and faith-inspired groups and public sector
  3. Leadership commitments to follow-on activities specific next steps on recommended actions, and ongoing information exchange and working meetings

Conference working sessions focused on Health Systems Strengthening, Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Relief, Ebola & HIV, Sexual & Gender-based Violence, Religion and Politics, and Large Scale Engagement of FBOs for Development.

For more information, please visit: www.jliflc.com/RSDconference

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