• Global Forum of Faith-Based Organizations on Population and Development

    In October 2008, more than 160 faith-based representatives from every region gathered in Istanbul, Turkey to celebrate faith-based partnerships, launch the Inter-Faith Network on Population and Development, and commit to future joint collaborations. The forum emphasized the power of faith-based organizations to effect change in local communities and sought ways to promote reproductive health and rights, gender equality, and population and development issues. Download


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  • A Call to Christian Common Ground on Family Planning, and Maternal, and Children’s Health

    The document addresses the serious health crisis faced by women and families in the United around the world, including deaths in childbirth, unintended pregnancies and abortions. It is aimed at initiating widespread conversation and deliberation among evangelicals and others regarding family planning. Download


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  • Faith and International Family Planning

    This report explores the intersection of faith and family planning discussing, the diverse and extensive work of faith-inspired organizations (FIOs) and faith leaders in family planning efforts throughout developing nations, as well as the ways in which faith can affect family planning policy. Download


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  • Involving Men in Reproductive Health: Contributions to Development

    This paper outlines the key issues in involving men in reproductive health and presents a conceptual framework within which to consider male involvement efforts. The basic argument of this entire document is that men’s roles in sexual and reproductive health must be recognized, understood and addressed much more extensively than they have to date, and that doing so will have implications well beyond reproductive health for other aspects of development. Download


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  • Culture Matters: Working with Communities and Faith-based Organizations

    Collaboration and partnerships between UNFPA and local power structures and institutions, including traditional leaders and faith-based and religious organizations often perceived as the community’s custodians of culture, have proved instrumental in neutralizing resistance and creating local ownership of the ICPD Programme of Action. These organizations have large numbers of constituents in public posts, including political leaders, policy makers, civil servants, academicians and media specialists who are involved daily in determining social and economic priorities, allocating resources and influencing public opinion. In addition, religious organizations have large networks of schools, health clinics and income-generating activities that reach villages and towns. In countries where partnerships with these structures and institutions were formed, UNFPA was able to mainstream reproductive health concerns and services into many of these networks. Download


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  • Culture matters: Lessons from a legacy of engaging faith-based organizations

    UNFPA maps out and assesses the outcomes and best practices of the partnerships between UNFPA and FBOs in the areas of reproductive health and population. Download


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  • Ensuring a level playing field: funding faith-based organisations to provide publicly funded services

    This guidance deals with some common myths for local government on working with faith groups and is intended to deal with current confusion about these arrangements. At times there has been a reluctance or confusion on the part of some local authorities to commission services from faith-based groups and there are concerns among many groups and organisations, including faith groups, that they are disadvantaged when trying to access funding. Download


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  • Religious Leaders’ Training Manual on Family Health

    This manual is designed to be used as a reference for religious leaders (RLs), Imams and Preachers, in addition to anyone who is involved in offering guidance and increasing awareness among individuals. The manual provides important information regarding family health, in accordance to Islamic values, and in accordance with changing societal requirements. It includes nine training sessions covering: the RLs' role in advocating for family welfare, mixed-gender relations in Islam, Islam and family health, Islam and safe maternity, Islam and birth spacing, leadership skills, mobilizing local communities toward better health standards, setting up action plans and impact measurement, and training manuals and tools evaluation. Download


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  • A Happy Married Life: A Guide for Counselors and Faith Leaders Working With Married Couples in Christian and Muslim Communities in Malawi in the Context of HIV and AIDS

    This guide is designed for faith leaders and others who provide couples counseling by their church or mosque.The intended audience is trained counselors working in a faith-based setting with married couples or those planning to get married. Download


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  • The Faith Effect: A Facilitator Manual to Train Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church (EOTC) Faith Leaders

    This manual has been created to guide trainers in equipping faith leaders to address the harmful traditional practices (HTPs) of female genital cutting (FGC) and early marriage (EM) with their congregants. As such, the manual has been tailored to meet the unique and appropriate needs of Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church (EOTC) faith leaders. (A second guide, identical in content but theologically adjusted, has been created for Ethiopian Muslim faith leaders.) Download


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