Religious and inter-religious organizations, networks and alliances
Accord is a network of Evangelical Christian churches and over 60 organizations focused on the elimination of poverty.
Action by Churches Together (ACT)
Action by Churches Together is a global alliance of Protestant churches focused on humanitarian and development work.
African Council of Religious Leaders (ACRL)
The mission of the African Council of Religious Leaders is to advance African multi-religious cooperation in support of peace and sustainable development. The ACRL also works to highlight, support and connect the work of the African national inter-religious councils affiliated with Religions for Peace.
The Anglican Alliance connects and builds capacity for the development, relief and advocacy work of the churches of the global Anglican Communion.
Arigatou International is an international faith-based NGO promoting interfaith cooperation to realize child rights, with a special focus on empowering and involving children and youth. Examples of initiatives include: the Global Network of Religions for Children, intended to provide a global platform for inter-religious cooperation for children; Learning to Live Together: An intercultural and interfaith programme for ethics education, a guide designed for youth leaders and educators worldwide to help children understand and respect people from other cultures and religions; and the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children, intended to mobilize people from diverse religious traditions to improve children’s lives through prayer and practical acts of service.
Catholic Peacebuilding Network
This voluntary network of practitioners, academics, clergy and laity from around the world seeks to enhance the study and practice of Catholic peace-building, especially at the local level. The CPN aims to deepen bonds of solidarity among Catholic peace builders, share and analyse ‘best practices’, expand the peace-building capacity of the Church in areas of conflict and encourage the further development of a theology of a just peace.
Center for Interfaith Action on Global Poverty (CIFA)
The Center for Interfaith Action on Global Poverty was created to work with faith institutions that have for centuries been the primary source of care and service to the poorest of the poor around the world. CIFA is committed to harnessing the potential of the faith sector as a positive force for global development through increased interfaith coordination, best practices and model sharing, innovative mobilization of resources and influential advocacy to governments and the general public.
CIFA has a number of resources available on its website, including:
• Links to many global faith-based efforts: <http://www.centerforinterfaithaction.org/initiatives/other-faith-based-global-efforts.html>
• A database of multi-religious collaborations for relief and development: <http://www.centerforinterfaithaction.org/initiatives/database.html>
Christian Alliance for Orphans
The Christian Alliance for Orphans unites more than 80 Christian organizations and a network of churches with initiatives that seek to stimulate and help grow Christian communities committed to adoption, foster care and global orphan care in the local church.
Churches’ Network for Non-Violence (CNNV)
CNNV is a network of support, information and practical resources to assist people in churches and communities to promote positive, non-violent discipline. The website offers publications and resources to download and links for multi-religious organizations: <http://www.churchesfornon-violence.org/links.html>
Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations
The Committee is a coalition of representatives of national and international organizations that define their work as religious, spiritual or ethical in nature and are accredited to the UN. The Committee's focus is two fold: It serves as a forum to inform and educate its constituencies about the global challenges of our time, and the constructive role that the UN can play in addressing those issues; and it serves as a forum for exchanging and promoting shared religious and ethical values in the deliberations of the UN.
Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions
The Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions was created to cultivate harmony among the world’s religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions in order to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world. Every four years the Council organizes the world’s largest interreligious gathering, bringing together the world’s religious and spiritual communities, their leaders and their followers to a gathering where peace, diversity and sustainability are discussed and explored in the context of interreligious understanding and cooperation.
Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA)
The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance is an international network of churches and church-related organizations committed to campaigning together on common concerns. Current campaigns focus on HIV and AIDS and Food. Activities include raising awareness and building a movement for justice within the churches as well as mobilizing people of faith to lobby local and national governments, businesses and multi-lateral organizations.
European Council of Religious Leaders
The Council is a coalition of senior religious leaders of Europe’s historic religions – Christianity, Judaism and Islam – with Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs and Zoroastrians in Europe who have committed themselves to cooperating on conflict prevention and transformation, peaceful coexistence and reconciliation and encouraging members of their respective communities to do the same. It is one of four regional inter-religious councils of Religions for Peace.
Faith to Action Initiative
The Faith to Action Initiative promotes dialogue among Christian faith-based organizations, churches and individuals seeking to respond to the needs of orphans and vulnerable children in sub-Saharan Africa. The primary goal of the initiative is to provide the US faith community with resources that support informed and compassionate action on behalf of the growing numbers of children affected by HIV and AIDS in Africa. The Initiative advocates for sustainable approaches that support family and community as a first-line response and institutional care as a temporary and last resort.
Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC)
This network is the only worldwide interfaith organization exclusively devoted to working for child rights and other children’s issues.
Global Working Group on Faith, SSDIM & HIV
The Global Working Group on Faith, SSDIM (Stigma, Shame, Denial, Discrimination, Inaction & Mis-action) & HIV brings together diverse religious leaders, communities and theological and faith-based organizations to address the HIV & AIDS epidemic in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa.
Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC)
Interfaith Youth Core builds mutual respect and pluralism among young people from different religious traditions by empowering them to work together to serve others.
Interfaith Center of New York
The Center aims to increase respect and mutual understanding among people of different faith, ethnic and cultural traditions and solve common social problems by foster cooperation among religious communities and civic organizations. Its programmes include education, training and outreach services to immigrant communities. The Center partners with grass-roots religious and community leaders, as well as universities, in developing its programmes.
Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)
The Islamic Society of North America is an association of Muslim organizations and individuals that provides a common platform for presenting Islam, supporting Muslim communities, developing educational, social and outreach programmes and fostering positive relations with other religious communities and civil and service organizations.
Micah Challenge International
Micah Challenge International is a global coalition of Christians holding governments accountable for their promise to halve extreme poverty by 2015. Promoting the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Micah Challenge aims to empower Christians to speak out for justice and to turn compassion into action.
A partnership of corporations, foundations, NGOs and FBOs brought together by their commitment to eliminating malaria in sub-Saharan Africa, NetsforLife is managed and monitored by Episcopal Relief & Development in 15 countries and Christian Aid in two. Programmes are implemented by local Anglican dioceses, churches and faith-based groups, including women and youth networks.
ONE Episcopalian Campaign
In 2006, the General Convention declared the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to be the top mission priority of the Episcopal Church. The ONE Episcopalian Campaign represents a partnership between the Episcopal Church and the ONE Campaign that strives to end extreme global poverty and achieve the eight MDGs set by the United Nations and affirmed by every nation in the world.
Religions for Peace
Religions for Peace is the world’s largest and most representative multi-religious coalition that works to advance peace. The global Religions for Peace network comprises a World Council of senior religious leaders from all regions of the world; six regional inter-religious bodies and more than seventy national ones; and the Global Women of Faith Network and Global Youth Network.
Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding
The Center is a secular, non-sectarian organization rooted in the work of the late Rabbi Marc H. Tanenbaum, an eminent activist and scholar in inter-religious relations. The Center develops programmes to foster inter-religious understanding and dialogue. These focus on religious diversity in the workplace, in health care and in education, as well as conflict resolution.
Tony Blair Faith Foundation
The Tony Blair Faith Foundation aims to promote respect and understanding of the world's major religions and show how faith is a powerful force for good in the modern world. It supports educational programmes to increase young people’s faith literacy and explore how faith can benefit the global community, as well as social-action programmes in the areas of health care and malaria eradication.
The Humanitarian Forum
The Humanitarian Forum is a network of key humanitarian and development organizations from Muslim donor and recipient countries, the West and multilateral networks. It improves the lives of those in need, and relations between communities, through bridge building and quality humanitarian action both internationally and locally in a global network of peers. It also fosters a conducive, unbiased and safe environment to empower these organizations to work to their full potential.
United Religions Initiative
This global community is committed to promoting enduring, daily interfaith cooperation and to ending religiously motivated violence. The site has links to websites for Children and Youth.
Viva Network: Together for Children
The Viva Network of churches seeks to keep at-risk children safe and healthy, with opportunities to learn and the chance to play an active part in shaping their own futures. Viva works in 14 different countries through partnerships ranging from large international charities to tiny grass-roots initiatives, supporting projects working with children at risk in 22 city-wide networks.
Women, Faith, and Development Alliance (WFDA)
The Women, Faith, and Development Alliance (WFDA) is a partnership of internationally focused faith, development and women's organizations dedicated to engendering global efforts to reduce poverty by increasing political will and action to increase investments in women's and girls' empowerment around the world.
World Council of Churches (WCC)
The World Council of Churches is a fellowship of 349 churches from nearly all Christian traditions in more than 120 countries seeking unity, a common witness and Christian service.
The WCC initiated the ‘Decade to Overcome Violence (2001-2010), Churches Seeking Reconciliation and Peace’, a global movement that strives to strengthen existing efforts and networks for preventing and overcoming violence, as well as inspire the creation of new ones: Overcoming Violence.
The WCC also initiated the ‘Accompanying churches in situations of conflict’ project that accompanies churches faced with religious intolerance, discrimination and conflict, and advocates for inter-religious cooperation, human dignity, sustainable values and just relationships. It emphasizes those aspects in all religions that promote harmony among communities that help people to live their individual faith with integrity while living together in mutual respect and mutual acceptance of each other's faiths: http://www.oikoumene.org/en/programmes/interreligiousdialogue/churches-in-situations-of-conflict.html.
World Day of Prayer and Action for Children (DPAC)
The World Day of Prayer and Action for Children initiative is a global effort to mobilize secular and faith-based organizations to work together for the well-being of children and highlight the important role religious communities can play to promote the rights of children. It is held every year during the week of 20 November to coincide with Universal Children’s Day and the anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. DPAC’s main partners at the global level include UNICEF, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General on Violence Against Children, Pastoral da Criança, Religions for Peace and the Global Network of Religions for Children. The theme for 2011–2013 is violence against children (with areas of focus including positive disciplining, child marriage and birth registration).
World Evangelical Alliance (WEA)
The World Evangelical Alliance is a network of evangelical churches in 128 countries and over 100 international organizations serving as a platform to more than 600 million evangelical Christians.
World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD)
WFDD is a NGO working at the intersection of religion and global development. It has two central objectives: to reinforce, underscore and publicize the synergies and common purpose of religions and development institutions addressing poverty; and to explore issues on which there is little consensus and where common ground is unclear among different faith traditions, within faiths and between faith and development institutions.
WFDD supports forward-thinking dialogue around action-oriented partnerships between faith-inspired and ‘secular’ development institutions – such as the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, the Center for Interfaith Action on Global Poverty and the Berkley Center’s programme on Religion and Global Development – and supports some of the analytical work necessary to assess the efficacy of these partnerships.