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Civil society partnerships

What are religious communities?

There is immense complexity and diversity among religious communities with regard to their organizational structure and position and status in society. For the purposes of partnership, UNICEF defines religious communities as:

  • Local worship communities (e.g., churches, mosques, synagogues, temples, etc.)
  • Denominational leadership (e.g., bishops, clerics, imams, lamas, etc.)
  • Scholars, theologians and religious educators 
  • Mission workers
  • Youth faith or inter-faith groups
  • Women of faith networks
  • Faith-based or faith-inspired organizations 
  • Denominational, ecumenical and intra-religious institutions, umbrella organizations and networks
  • Inter-faith institutions



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