FPCC brings together diverse partners from around the world, including religious leaders, women of faith, youth of faith, faith-based organizations, government representatives, development partners, and academics.
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities (JLI), and Religions for Peace (RfP) each bring a powerful and unique set of knowledge, skills and relationships to our operations at the global, regional, country, and local level.
UNICEF, JLI, and RfP have an extensive history of partnering with religious communities, and as such are attuned to the importance of engaging with religious communities in an impartial and non-partisan manner, especially in situations where religious differences are used to fuel conflict or competition for political power.
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Communications for Development (C4D) section is the technical and global lead on children’s issues and social and behaviour change (SBC) for the FPCC initiative. C4D strategies are applied to achieve positive changes to traditional, cultural and religious beliefs, attitudes and perceptions, gender equity, and power dynamics within and among communities. C4D stands at the intersection of faith, children and SBC.
UNICEF’s institutional capacity in SBC is also reflected in its co-leadership of the Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) pillar in humanitarian action and custodianship of the community engagement standards as a global good. Another of UNICEF’s comparative advantages as an agency is its field presence. UNICEF has 192 country offices across the world, receives technical and coordination support from seven regional offices, and has the largest workforce dedicated exclusively to SBC than any other development agency. UNICEF also plays a central part in the UN Task Force on Religion and Development.
Religions for Peace is the Interfaith Convening and Implementing Partner for the global initiative. It is the largest and most representative multi-religious coalition in the world. Founded in 1970, RfP includes a World Council of senior religious leaders who represent all regions of the world, six regional inter-religious bodies, more than 90 national inter-religious groups, and the Global Women of Faith Network and Global Interfaith Youth Councils. RfP brings a vast network of relationships with religious leaders and faith-based organizations across all regions, which allow FPCC to work within communities’ religious structures and institute change at the local level.
JLI, the knowledge partner on faith initiatives, convenes multisector hubs to increase the evidence of faith engagement to inform and improve policy and practice. These hubs are Anti-Trafficking & Modern Slavery, Ending Violence Against Children, Gender-based Violence, Refugees, and Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, & Learning. In addition to being a Knowledge Partner in the initiative, JLI serves as the coordinator of international and local faith-based organizations. These organizations are critical in complementing the work of the congregational religious leaders convened by RfP.
FPCC will continue collaborating with key stakeholders like Harvard Divinity School Religious Literacy Project, and international faith-based organizations, especially those that have been part of the FPCC Advisory Group such as Islamic Relief Worldwide, Rissho Kosei-Kai, World Vision, Jewish World Service, Episcopal Relief and Development, Tearfund, Salvation Army, ACT Alliance, and ADRA. As other multilateral and state development agencies such as the World Bank, the World Health Organization and USAID implement faith-engagement strategies, FPCC seeks to expand partnerships to optimize use of knowledge and expertise.