Supporting Advocacy by Faith Groups

PF&D Partners support faith groups’ advocacy for fuller engagement of faith networks in development policy  and practice, funding resources, accountability of public and private partners, enforcement of laws to protect rights and the vulnerable and builds multi-faith, multi sector coalitions for forceful collective impact.

Some examples of our work include:


Women Faith and Development Alliance

WFDA is focused on one ‘big idea’: to join women and men in international faith, development and women’s organizations to mobilize around the bold moral imperative of ending global poverty and empowering women and girls.

Jean Duff, while at Washington National Cathedral’s Center for Global Justice and Reconciliation,  invited conversations among leaders of the international development, womens’ movement and faith based organizations. We met for deep exchange for many months to frame common cause and common action for the benefit of women and girls, after many decades of bitter division among women rights and religious groups. The resulting Women Faith and Development Alliance was co-convened by InterAction, Women Thrive Worldwide, and Religions for Peace, and Washington National Cathedral, and launched under the patronage of eminent co-chairs   and a distinguished multi-sector international advisory council at the Breakthrough Summit April 2008, with over $1 billion in new commitments  of resources for the empowerment of women and girls.


We Will Speak Out US WWSO USA

A new US-based coalition mobilizing the faith community to break the silence about gender based violence, raise awareness among both public officials and communities,  and put an end to violence against women domestically and internationally.

We Will Speak Out USA is linked to the global coalition  a group of like-minded Christian organizations, international aid agencies and an alliance of individuals who together commit themselves to advocate for the end of sexual violence across communities around the world. Jean Duff served as consultant to IMA World Health in support of the development of the US coalition.


Interfaith Working Group on Foreign Assistance (IFWG)

The Interfaith Working Group focuses on sustaining and increasing US public funding for poverty focused development assistance. Founded in early 2013, and co-chaired by Bread for the World and Church World Service, the Working group joins more than 40 Faith based NGOs in collective advocacy. Jean Duff provides technical support to the group.


Global Initiative on Faith, Health and Development

In 2010 at CIFA, Jean Duff convened an 83 member international Task Force of distinguished individuals representing faith-based, government, academic and secular civil society organizations to frame the challenges and opportunities for action and collaboration for faith based institutions and communities, and to  develop a framework for action to increase the impact of Faith on Health and Development . The resulting report Many Faiths Common Action can be viewed here.

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