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Civil society partnerships

Resources on Partnering with Religious communities

Development and children’s rights

Al-Azhar University and United Nations Children’s Fund, Children in Islam, Their Care, Protection and Development, International Islamic Center for Population Studies and Research, Al-Azhar University, Cairo, 2005, (English draft summary and Arabic print version and full English and Arabic text – scroll down to heading ‘Egypt’).

Berkley Center, ‘Challenges of Change: Faith, gender and development’, Berkley Center Reports, Washington, DC, 2008.

Georgetown University, ‘Faith-Inspired Organizations and Global Development Policy’, a series of regional ‘mappings’, background reviews and conference reports produced by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs and the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

Hanmer, Stephen, ‘Child Rights Organizations and Religious Communities: Powerful partnerships for children’, CrossCurrents, Vol. 60, Issue 3, September 2010, pp. 451–461.

Hanmer, Stephen, Aaron Greenberg and Ghazal Keshhavarzian,‘Religious Communities Take the Lead for Children’, Dharma World, April–June 2009.

Karam, Azza and Mathew Weiner (ed.), ‘Religion and the United Nations’, in Crosscurrents, vol. 60, no. 3, September 2010.

Marshall, Katherine and Lucy Keough, Mind, Heart and Soul in the Fight against Poverty, The World Bank, Washington, DC, 2004.

Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), Investing in Children in the Islamic World, UNICEF, New York, 2005.

Rakodi, Carole, ‘Understanding the Roles Religions in Development: The approach of the RaD programme’, Working Paper 9, Religions and Development Research Programme, University of Birmingham, 2007.

Religions for Peace, Care, Commitment, and Collaboration: The role of religious communities in creating a World Fit for Children – The outcome report of a multi-religious gathering on the occasion of the United Nations Special Session on Children, World Conference on Religion and Peace, Program on Children, New York, 6–7 May 2002.

Religions for Peace, Faith in Action: Working toward the Millennium Development Goals – An action toolkit for religious leaders and communities, Second Edition, New York, 2010.(Available in English, Arabic, French and Spanish)

United Nations Population Fund, ‘Guidelines for Engaging Faith-based Organizations (FBOs) as Agents of Change', UNFPA, New York, 2009.

United Nations Population Fund, ‘Summary Report of the UNFPA Global Forum of Faith-Based Organizations on Population and Development,’ UNFPA, New York, 2008.

Child protection

Churches Network for Non-Violence, Global Initiative to End all Corporal Punishment of Children and Save the Children Sweden, Ending Corporal Punishment of Children: A handbook for working with and within religious communities, London, 2011.

Cimpric, Aleksandra, Children Accused of Witchcraft: An anthropological study of contemporary practices in Africa, UNICEF West and Central Africa Regional Office, Dakar, Senegal, April 2010.

Hemstreet, Christy and Keith Vermeulen,‘Religions, the Promotion of Positive Discipline and the Abolition of Corporal Punishment – Frequently asked questions’, undated.

Nitzche, Georgina M. and Sarah Mchugh (ed.), Discipling with Kindness: A Shiite Shari’a perspective, United Nations Children’s Fund Iran Office, Tehran, 2007.

Olson, Kerry, Zanele Sibanda Knight and Geoff Foster, From Faith to Action: Strengthening family and community care for orphans and vulnerable children in sub-Saharan Africa, Firelight Foundation, Santa Cruz, Second Edition 2008.

Olson, Kerry, Amanda Cox, et. al.,Journeys of Faith: A Resource Guide for Orphan Care Ministries Helping Children in Africa & Beyond, Faith to Action Initiative, Santa Cruz, 2011.

United Nations Children’s Fund, ‘The Dynamics of Social Change: Towards the abandonment of female genital mutilation/cutting in five African countries’, Innocenti Insight Report, UNICEF and Innocenti Research Centre, Florence, 2010.

United Nations Children’s Fund and Religions for Peace, ‘From Commitment to Action: What religious communities can do to eliminate violence against children’, New York, 2010.

Child survival and development

Alliance of Religions and Conservation, Faith in Water, collection of conference papers from a conference on faith and water held at Sarum College, Salisbury, UK, 5–7 July 2009.

Berkley Center, Malaria: Scoping new partnerships, Berkley Center Reports, Washington, DC, 2009.

Center for Interfaith Action on Global Poverty, Many Faiths, Common Action: A strategic framework for action, document prepared on behalf of the Global Initiative for Faith, Health, and Development, with counsel from GivingWorks Inc., CIFA, Washington, DC, 2010.

Schmid B., E. Thomas, J. Olivier and J.R. Cochrane, ‘The Contribution of Religious Entities to Health in sub-Saharan Africa’, study commissioned by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, unpublished, African Religious Health Assets Programme (ARHAP), 2008.

United Nations Children’s Fund, Building Trust in Immunization: Partnering with religious leaders and groups, UNICEF, New York, 2004.

United Nations Children’s Fund Regional Office for South Asia, ‘When Every Child Counts: Engaging the underserved communities for polio eradication in Uttar Pradesh, India’, Working Paper, Kathmandu, Nepal, 2004.

World Health Organization, ‘WHO–CIFA Consultation: NGO mapping standards describing religious health assets’, report of a consultation held at Château de Bossey, Bogis-Bossey, Switzerland, 10–12 November 2009, WHO, Geneva, 2010.

Early Childhood Development

Mwaura, Peter and Bishara T. Mohamed, ‘Madrasa Early Childhood Development Program: Make a difference,’ in Garcia, Marito, Alan Pence and Judith L. Evans (ed.) Africa’s Future, Africa’s Challenge: Early childhood care and development in Sub-Saharan Africa, World Bank, Washington, DC, 2008, pp. 389–405.


Abuarqub, Mamoun, Islamic Perspectives on Education, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Birmingham, UK, July 2009.

Arigatou Foundation, Learning to Live Together: An intercultural and interfaith programme for ethics education, Geneva, 2008.

Marshall, Katherine, ‘Education for All: Where does religion come in?’ Comparative Education, Vol. 46, No. 3, August 2010, pp. 273–287.


Herstad, Britt, A Call to Act: Engaging religious leaders and communities in addressing gender-based violence and HIV, a joint publication of the United States Agency for International Development and Religions for Peace, Futures Group, Health Policy Initiative, Task Order 1, Washington, DC, 2009. 

Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, UNAIDS Partnership with Faith-based Organizations: UNAIDS strategic framework, UNAIDS, Geneva, 2010.

Lux, Steven and Kristine Greenaway, Scaling Up Effective Partnerships: A guide to working with faith-based organisations in the response to HIV and AIDS, Church World Service, Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance, Norwegian Church Aid, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS and Religions for Peace, 2006 (in English, French and Spanish).

McGirk, Jan, ‘Religious Leaders Key in the Middle East’s HIV/AIDS Fight,’ The Lancet, Vol. 372, July 26, 2008, pp. 279–280.

Maund, Lawrence, A Buddhist Approach to HIV Prevention and AIDS Care: A training manual for monks, nuns and other Buddhist leaders, UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office, Bangkok, Thailand, 2006.

Religions for Peace and United Nations Children’s Fund, Study of the Response by Faith-Based Organizations to Orphans and Vulnerable Children, report compiled by Dr. Geoff Foster, January 2004.

United Nations Children’s Fund, Religions for Peace and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, What Religious Leaders Can Do About HIV/AIDS: Action for children and youth people, UNICEF, New York, 2003. (In English and French.)

United Nations Population Fund, Engaging Faith-based Organizations in HIV Prevention: A training manual for programme managers, UNFPA, New York, 2007.

Humanitarian Action

Abuarqub, Mamoun and Isabel Phillips, A Brief History of Humanitarianism in the Muslim World, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Birmingham, UK, July 2009. (Other analyses of faith and humanitarian work can also be found here.)

Inter-agency Standing Committee, IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings, IASC, Geneva, 2007. Of particular interest is ‘Action Sheet 5.3: Facilitate conditions for appropriate communal cultural, spiritual and religious healing practices’, pp. 106–109.

Oxford Department of International Development,‘Islam, Human Rights and Displacement’, Forced Migration Review (Supplement), Oxford, January 2009.

Religions for Peace,‘Faith-Based Organizations Forum on Multi-religious Cooperation for Humanitarian Relief, Development and Peace: Report and recommendations’, reports of forums in 2007, 2008 and 2009.



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