Faith to Action Network towards the end of the October last year, successfully completed the 3.5 years Faith to Action Project, that had been implemented by the Network secretariat commissioned by consortia partners- (DSW) Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung; Consortium partners; Cordaid – Catholic Organisation for Relief and Development Aid; ACRL-RfP – African Council for Religious Leaders-Religions for Peace; Al-Azhar University, International Islamic Center for Population Studies and Research; CCIH – Christian Connections for International Health; and MFC – Muslim Family Counseling Services – as a result of the Interfaith Declaration 2011 and whose secretariat had been hosted by the DSW in Kenya and supported by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Faith to Action project was instrumental in establishing a financially viable global interfaith Network coordinated as an effective platform for dialogue and advocacy on SRHR, Increasing FBO participation and engagement in SRHR policy making processes, while ensuring Knowledge on FBOs approaches for SRHR policy making are generated and disseminated.
In order to evaluate the extent to which the Network’s interventions had impacted policy and advocacy result besides quantitative increase of engagement in policymaking and advocacy and as part of our continued efforts to ensure accountability towards all stakeholders and commitment, to improving results, the secretariat commissioned an External Evaluation (The Coalition Factory) in August 2016 to evaluate the project according to OECD DAC evaluation criteria, provide valuable learning opportunities, good practice and recommendations to inform the existing and future projects.
The evaluation revealed that Faith to Action project had generated progress towards better provision of SRHR information for young people in the intervention areas of the project as well as strong engagement of youth in peer education.
Besides, the report revealed that “Faith to Action’s activities contributed directly or indirectly to an increased engagement of faith organisations to advance and promote SRHR and that policy and advocacy activities carried out made progress towards the project objective and targeted outcomes, particularly the increasing mobilisation of influential leaders and Champions in the field of SRHR, which enhanced legitimacy and credibility and strengthened Faith to Action’s advocacy at national and international levels, The organisation of the Caravan which resulted in substantial media coverage as well as joint events through which, as in Ghana, different stakeholders complemented each other (e.g. by reaching out to local populations and supporting advocacy at local levels). Please read the full report here.