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Ways forward on engaging national and local faith-based organisations in the context of the Grand Bargain 2.0 and the country-level coordination of crisis response
Recent years have brought momentum amongst donors and UN coordination actors to identifying more targeted ways to engage and support specific sections of local civil society on humanitarian action. Across coordination, funding and partnership efforts, both donors and humanitarian agencies are translating their policy commitment to engaging different categories of civil society into a more practical and predictable approach. In contrast, when it comes to engaging national and local faith based organisation (FBO) on humanitarian action, good and promising practices exist across different agencies and different contexts, but it is not yet systematic. Examples of follow-up to the World Humanitarian Summit Charter for Faith Based Humanitarian Action include the UN SG’s advisory group on faith and UNHCR’s Multi-Religious Council of Leaders, amongst others. There is a normative and leadership commitment to engaging FBOs amongst numerous donors and UN agencies, but there is a need to share good practices and promote a more systematic approach to translating this into action on the ground. Over the past year, both the Ebola response in DRC and the global Covid19 pandemic brought once again a recognition of the role of faith actors, and some innovations at a practical level. Yet evaluations and reflections with national and local FBO partners also point to numerous, persistent gaps and challenges. This webinar will take stock of efforts to date and reflect on ways forward; based on insights from national and local FBO partners, UN agencies and donors.

Jun 14, 2021 12:00 PM in London

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