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December 2017
Welcome to PaRD's Fifth Newsletter!
Dear Reader,

PaRD's 2nd annual meeting was held successfully on November 12th to 15th, 2017 at Wiston House (UK) in cooperation with PaRD member DFID/UKAid and supported by Wilton Park. With this, our year finished with a true highlight - please find a link below to a news article on our website updating everyone on the annual meeting's key outcomes.

As the year comes to a close, we have compiled this newsletter full of updates from members and partners. If you have any information to be featured in the upcoming newsletter to be released in February 2018, or if you want to share your suggestions with us, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We are looking forward to 2018!

With kind regards,

Ulrich Nitschke
Head of the PaRD secretariat
PaRD Second Annual Meeting: Faith in the Sustainable Development Goals
Reaffirming their commitment to continue and strengthen their cooperation, PaRD members and partners gathered in Wilton Park/Wiston House, UK for the 2nd PaRD Annual Meeting on November 12th to 15th 2017.
Faith Inspired Renewable Energy Project Africa
This project brings together the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development, the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, and the social business Gigawatt Global for deployment of renewable energy on lands owned by faith institutions.
Promoting social cohesion and interaction through the notion of citizenship
The Middle East Platform established by the Cordoba Foundation of Geneva met in October in Istanbul, with participants of various backgrounds from Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Yemen who discussed regional and local contexts and proposed joint activities.
The Role of Faith-based and Community Actors in the Northern Triangle of Central America
USAID and Catholic University of America co-hosted a workshop on combating trafficking in persons (TIP) and gender-based violence (GBV) in Central America. Reverend Bishop Oscar Cantú, Chairman of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops spoke at the workshop on the importance of these issues.
Equipping Youth as Interfaith Messengers of Peace
The Lutheran World Foundation (LWF) organised a "Peace Messenger Training" in Jerusalem with the objective of enabling participants to plan and facilitate local trainings for sharing skills and experience in their own communities.
The Ouagadougou Partnership held its sixth annual meeting
The meeting focused on “women’s empowerment and the contraception revolution” in Conakry from December 12th to 14th 2017 with religious actors as significant participants.
Global Interfaith WASH Alliance leads Pledge for Clean India and Women's Empowerment in Vindhyachal, Uttar Pradesh
Tens of thousands of women from local village areas gathered for the Shakti Sammelan, focused on women’s empowerment and upliftment.
Visit the PaRD World Map
The World Map serves its users as a tool to identify opportunities for cooperation and exchange.
Restorative Justice Training - January 6th and 8th, 2018 in New York City, USA
The training is led by Joanne Blaney and will include learning how to handle conflictual situations in order to reduce chances of escalation, practicing non-violent communication skills and a peace-building circle as well as identifying negative memories and see their impact on everyday encounters. To RSVP for this training by December 22, please email Annalisa Jackson at

Fourth Annual Symposium on the Role of Religion and Faith-Based Organizations in International Affairs - January 22nd, 2018 in New York City, USA
The Symposium will address cooperation among faith-based organizations, UN  system entities, and other engaged regional and international non-governmental entities, and will focus on the intersections of these themes with human mobility, migration and displacement.
JLI Gender-Based Violence Hub Harmful Traditional Practices Webinar - February 8th, 2018
In 2017, the JLI Hub led a project on ‘Working effectively with faith leaders to challenge harmful traditional practices (HTP)’. Join the research team Elisabet le Roux (Stellenbosch) and Brenda Bartelink (University of Groningen) in discussing the study findings and next steps for the hub. The discussion is led by JLI GBV Secretary Veena O’Sullivan and Hub co-chairs Diana Arango, World Bank and Liz Dartnall, Sexual Violence Research Institute.
6 week online course on Promoting Wellbeing and Health - Church-Based Practices - March 5th - April 23rd, 2018
United Society Partners in Gospel (USPG) in collaboration with Catherine of Siena College at the University of Roehampton have developed the online 6 week course in order to increase knowledge and understanding of gender and development approaches to community development and health.
Prayers for the Holy City: An Interfaith Event - March 7th, 2018 in New York City, USA
The John Paul II Lecture on Interfaith Understanding features a dialogue between Imam Abdullah Antepli, chief representative of Muslim Affairs and adjunct faculty of Islamic Studies, Duke University, and Rabbi Tamar Elad-Appelbaum, founder and spiritual leader of Kehilat Zion of Jerusalem.

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