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Civil society partnerships

Framework for engagement

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Earthquake-affected children from a Christian Evangelical School locate their country on an inflatable globe supplied by UNICEF along other teaching and learning materials (Haiti)

The value of a partnership lies in combining complementary strengths to achieve greater impact, thereby contributing to better results for children.

There is a long history of partnering with religious communities throughout the world and in all areas of programming, including advocacy and provision of direct services.

Given the tremendous diversity among religious communities, the processes for effective engagement will vary depending on the community itself, the organizational level at which work needs to be carried out and the type of programming (e.g., advocacy, direct service provision or coordination), as well as other social, cultural and political factors. Partnerships must provide clearly defined added value to efforts to achieve concrete results and be committed to the principles of equity, accountability and transparency at all levels.

This section will outline the following recommended core elements of a framework for effective engagement with religious communities:



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