MISSION

The Faith and Positive Change for Children, Families, and Communities (FPCC) Initiative empowers religious leaders and faith communities to influence positive social and behaviour change with and for children, parents and communities. 

We engage faith communities in self-reflection, dialogue, exchange and feedback to achieve real and lasting positive change on jointly agreed priorities affecting children and their families. 

BACKGROUND

Faith and Positive Change for Children, Families and Communities (FPCC) is a global partnership between United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the world’s largest inter-faith network Religions for Peace (RfP) and knowledge partner Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities (JLI). While work at a technical level began in 2018, the initiative was officially launched by RfP and UNICEF’s Executive Director in Washington DC in October 2019.

 

The central aim of the partnership is to capacitate religious leaders and faith communities to influence positive social and behaviour change with and for children, parents and communities. The specific emphasis is to move beyond simply delivering messages, to engaging faith communities in self-reflection, dialogue, exchange and feedback in order to achieve real and lasting positive change on jointly agreed priorities affecting children and their families.

STRATEGY

The initiative is committed to taking the following steps to reach this goal: 

  • EVIDENCE REVIEW | Conduct a comprehensive evidence review to identify, analyze and consolidate findings on the best practices of engaging faith actors on SBCC.

  • CASE STUDIES | Create a global compendium of Case Studies to document current Faith for Social and Behavioral Change for Children (SBCC) programmes.  

  • PROGRAMMING FRAMEWORK | Building from evidence and case studies, develop a conceptual model, theory of change and programming framework to situate FBO engagement within broader SBCC efforts.

  • TECHNICAL GUIDANCE | Based on the conceptual and programming framework, coordinate a participatory process to develop technical guidance for improving country-level strategies and plans on FBO engagement.

  • CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT | Improve religious literacy amongst implementing partners. The initiative will support capacity development of local FBO partners and relevant government counterparts to maximize their engagement for positive social and behaviour change.

  • KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE | Facilitate webinars, workshops and other means to facilitate networking, exchange and learning amongst countries.

  • ADVOCACY | Identify strategic events and specific champions to advocate for recommended actions for strengthening Faith for Social and Behaviour Change efforts