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Faith & Positive Change for Children

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The Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities (JLI) is partnering with UNICEF and Religions for Peace on Faith and Positive Change for Children, Families and Communities: Global Initiative on Social and Behaviour Change. This is a collaboration with the UNICEF Communication for Development in Programme Division and the Civil Society Partnerships Unit in the Division of Communication. The project will look across sectors including health, development, protection, and empowerment of children, especially focusing on the most marginalized, across the life-cycle.

The purpose of the global Initiative is to move beyond a single sector, single denomination and message-based communication to support more focused, systematic and at-scale engagement with faith-based communities and actors to influence positive social and behaviour change towards improving the wellbeing of children, youth, women and families, particularly the most marginalized.

This new way of working was tested in in-country through WorkRocks 2019 to develop principles for systematic engagement with FBOs at scale for social and behavior change, guidelines, and resources. In 2020, the initiative will finalize an FPCC Global Guidance Toolkit, plan rollout, and begin advocacy and communications.

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2020 Progress

In November and December 2020, the partners initiated trainings in East and Southern Africa.

As of June 2020, the partners held eight regional webinars to increase awareness and strengthen coordinated efforts through the global Faith-in-Action campaign, to mobilize inter-faith commitments of Religious Leaders and Faith representatives including Women of Faith and Interfaith Youth Network Members to support the specific calls to action; to equip these influencers with a standard set of global guidance with messages and resources that can be customized for local use and to share existing examples of best practices to motivate others.

Faith-in-Action Guidance Documents

Guidance on key challenges in addressing COVID-19, recommended actions and related multi-religious teachings including resources from technical partners, UNICEF, WHO, IFRC, and the COVID-19 Initiative Reference Document (above). These are intended for local adaptation and use by religious leaders, faith communities, and faith-based organizations at national and community levels.

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Cover of Adapting How We Gather Together PDF
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