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CRID Case Study Series 3: Nurturing Peaceful Co-existence Through Interfaith Collaborations

This paper documents lessons and impacts of interfaith interventions which the Communities Richer in Diversity (CRID) implemented in Kenya and Zanzibar respectively. The CRID projects basically intended to leverage the influence of religions, faith leaders, religious actors, and institutions in fostering peaceful coexistence. The main aim was to promote interfaith collaborative activities as a mechanism for peaceful coexistence in the face of radicalisation and violent extremism. The Kenya Muslim Youth Alliance (KMYA) and the Anglican Diocese of Zanzibar (ADZ) implemented the reviewed activities between September 2018 and May 2021. KMYA operated in Likoni and Mvita in Mombasa County and Mtwapa and Rabai in Kilifi County. The organisation focused its interventions in the selected areas because they were experiencing rivalry between religious sects, inter-religious tension, radicalisation, violent extremism, and killings of the elderly by the youth (CRID 2019). KMYA focused on peaceful coexistence: promoting interfaith, intercultural, and intergenerational relations. In Zanzibar, there were rampant cases of religious and cultural intolerance that caused disharmony among the local communities. Accordingly, the Anglican Diocese of Zanzibar (ADZ) worked in Pemba and Unguja, focusing on promoting religious and cultural harmony among the communities by establishing common ground for interfaith dialogues and peacebuilding (CRID 2020).

Case Study Series No. 3

Communities Richer in Diversity (CRID)

The four-year Communities Richer in Diversity project (CRID) aims at leveraging the influence of faith leaders and institutions to promote cultural diversity and respect for equal dignity in six African countries, namely, Burundi, Egypt, Kenya, South Sudan, Uganda, and Tanzania. It was initiated by a consortium of faith-based organisations and networks, including Faith to Action Network (F2A), Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa (CAPA), African Council of Religious Leaders-Religion for Peace (ACRL-RfP), and All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) with financial support from the European Union (EU). The project started in April 2018, and by 31 March 2021, six-country partners had reached at least 25,000 young men and women with interfaith and intercultural interventions. Such interventions enhanced the understanding, tolerance, and respect for cultural and religious diversity among the project participants and beneficiaries in the six countries. The activities can be categorised into four broad areas: edutainment and performance arts, peer education and capacity enhancement, community peacebuilding, and shaping of public discourse.


CRID Case Study Series 2: Shaping Youth Behaviour Through Interfaith Collaborations

This paper argues that implementing interfaith activities between the youth of different religions, cultures, gender, and age contributes to peaceful coexistence. The paper asserts that increased interaction helps shape their attitudes and the intended behaviours because it increases their knowledge and understanding about the commonalities and differences between the various religious groups. Such interactions enhance their cross-religious and cross-cultural communication and instil the values of acceptance, tolerance, and respect. The paper draws these conclusions from a study on the outcomes of the Communities Richer in Diversity project, which the Anglican Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa (ADE) implemented in three slums, namely, Ezbet El-Nakhel, Miser El-Kadima, and Madient El-Salam, that are in the Cairo governorate. The project targeted youth aged between 18 and 29 years old, who came from different religious and cultural backgrounds.

Case Study Series No. 2

Communities Richer in Diversity (CRID)

The four-year Communities Richer in Diversity project (CRID) aims at leveraging the influence of faith leaders and institutions to promote cultural diversity and respect for equal dignity in six African countries, namely, Burundi, Egypt, Kenya, South Sudan, Uganda, and Tanzania. It was initiated by a consortium of faith-based organisations and networks, including Faith to Action Network (F2A), Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa (CAPA), African Council of Religious Leaders-Religion for Peace (ACRL-RfP), and All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) with financial support from the European Union (EU). The project started in April 2018, and by 31 March 2021, six-country partners had reached at least 25,000 young men and women with interfaith and intercultural interventions. Such interventions enhanced the understanding, tolerance, and respect for cultural and religious diversity among the project participants and beneficiaries in the six countries. The activities can be categorised into four broad areas: edutainment and performance arts, peer education and capacity enhancement, community peacebuilding, and shaping of public discourse.


CRID Case Study Series 1: Shaping Youth Behaviour Through Interfaith Collaborations

This publication interrogates the relevance of interventions by faith-based organisations (FBOs) in orienting youth behaviour toward building an environment where different religious, cultural, and ethnic communities coexist peacefully. Broadly, African cultures confer older people more important and respected socio-cultural roles. These roles are linked with either greater or fewer rewards, including power and influence. Therefore, just as in other social institutions where the elderly generation is the most dominant group, this also applies to faith organisations. The older generations occupy and control the positions of leadership, power, and influence. Deprived of power and influence, the youth sometimes resort to alternative means – including violence – of expressing their voices.

The paper is an empirical review of baseline and endline studies, project reports, and other documents from faith organisations that implemented interfaith activities within the framework of the Communities Richer in Diversity (CRID) project. The review adduces empirical evidence that demonstrates how those interfaith activities shaped the behaviours of the youth in six African countries. To access the evidence, the researchers synthesised nine empirical enquiries conducted in Burundi, Egypt, Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. It also analysed more than 30 project reports which document the activities that the faith organisations implemented and the outputs, outcomes, and impacts they achieved. The paper organises the review around three selected themes: cultural approaches, community peacebuilding, and social relations and economic empowerment. The choice of the themes considered prominence in the studies and reports and the intended levels of change in the overarching framework of transformation. These levels of change are personal (individual), relational (community), and structural (institutional and policy). To relate these localised interventions with cross-cutting and universal issues, the review is scrutinised within the broader literature of Faith-Based Leadership (FBL) in Africa and globally as well.

CRID Case Study Series No. 1

Communities Richer in Diversity (CRID)

The four-year Communities Richer in Diversity project (CRID) aims at leveraging the influence of faith leaders and institutions to promote cultural diversity and respect for equal dignity in six African countries, namely, Burundi, Egypt, Kenya, South Sudan, Uganda, and Tanzania. It was initiated by a consortium of faith-based organisations and networks, including Faith to Action Network (F2A), Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa (CAPA), African Council of Religious Leaders-Religion for Peace (ACRL-RfP), and All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) with financial support from the European Union (EU). The project started in April 2018, and by 31 March 2021, six-country partners had reached at least 25,000 young men and women with interfaith and intercultural interventions. Such interventions enhanced the understanding, tolerance, and respect for cultural and religious diversity among the project participants and beneficiaries in the six countries. The activities can be categorised into four broad areas: edutainment and performance arts, peer education and capacity enhancement, community peacebuilding, and shaping of public discourse.


Role of Religious actors in improving adolescent’s health by raising awareness on #SRHR

Faith leaders should be ambassadors of peace through the practice of good deeds which would build the trust of their communities and thereby encourage greater reporting of SRHR issues

Faith to Action Network , ACT Ubumbano, ACT Alliance and We Will Speak Out, initiated conversations on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) within faith institutions and communities.

We wish to share these case studies highlighting practical ways religious actors could contribute to improving the health of young people in raising awareness on #SRHR issues in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Malawi:


#FaithActingTogether :Towards Improved Collaboration To End Gender Based Violence

Gender-Based Violence in its diverse forms has reached crisis proportions all over the world.

Faith to Action Network , ACT Ubumbano, ACT Alliance and We Will Speak Out, co-created interfaith briefs on gender-based violence (GBV) to initiate conversations within faith institutions and communities.

We wish to share these reports highlighting practical ways of how the religious sector and faith communities could contribute effectively to ending GBV and mitigate its continuing impact in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia.


Family Planning Commodity Secure:Counties Delivering Sustainble Services

Family Planning is a central pillar of Kenya’s Reproductive Health programme and the wider national health priority as outlined in the Constitution of Kenya 2010, Health Act 2017, Kenya Health Sector Strategic & Investment Plan (KHSSP) 2013-17, Kenya Vision 2030 and Kenya Health Policy 2014- 2030. The government is committed to realizing Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and ensuring Universal Access to Family Planning as a key component of Sexual and Reproductive Health.

Faith to Action Network has been contributing to improving access to family planning (FP) services in Kenya under the project Delivering Sustainable and Equitable Family Planning Increases (DESIP). The goal of DESIP is to ensure that women and girls can safely plan for their pregnancies in line with sexual and reproductive health rights particularly the young rural, marginalized, and persons with disability. The programme impact will contribute to reduced maternal mortality, newborn and child mortality, and increased mCPR in Kenya. The progranmme implementation approach is systems strengthening at policy and service delivery levels to ensure sustainability, working with public, private, and faith-based health facilities.

Check out these four bulletins elaborating what the project has achieved so far:


Faith to Action Network Annual Report 2019/2021

Dear members, partners, donors, staff and steering council members,

2020 represented almost a decade since Faith to Action Network was established. Thanks to generous donors, we have grown financially, and this has enabled us to grow geographically, technically, in partnerships and in thematic priorities. The 2020 Covid pandemic shifted our work from physical to virtual meetings, travel restrictions and keeping distance. These measures affected our plans, but we have achieved great outcomes through consultation with partners, adaptation and innovation.

This inaugural annual report shines the light on our top 2019-2020 accomplishments. Happy reading.

With thanks,
Peter K. Munene
Chief Executive Officer


Alternative Narratives from an Islamic perspective that support understanding, tolerance, respect and gender equality to counter extremism and radicalization.

Alternative narratives from an islamic perspective that support understanding, tolerance, respect and gender equality to counter extremism and radicalization.

The narratives were developed under a project called Communities Richer in Diversity (CRID) which aims to enhance understanding, tolerance and respect for cultural and religious diversity among 24,400 youth at risk of radicalization, and to leverage on the influence of faith leaders and institutions to promote cultural diversity and respect for equal dignity of all men and women. The project is being implemented in Egypt, Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Burundi and Zanzibar-Tanzania


16th International Dialogue on Population and Sustainable Development: Legal and social norm change for the realisation of women’s and girls’ rights in Africa

Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) presented the findings of its State of African Women, a research developed in collaboration with Faith to Action Network. This comprehensive analysis of Africa’s legal framework shows that the realization of women’s and girls’ rights in Africa suffers from limited translation of policy frameworks into action plans, continuing legal loopholes regarding the legal age of marriage and contradictions between codified and customary laws. Achieving change requires working with legal and health professionals to translate the frameworks into practices, joining forces with faith leaders and traditional leaders to carry out awareness campaigns, and supporting women and girls’ rights organisations. The poster presentation tooking place at the 16th International Dialogue on Population and Sustainable Development, in Berlin, between 23rd and 24th October 2018. Faith to Action Network added its voice to the over 100 representatives from governments, civil society, academia and private sector from almost 40 countries.

The full poster is available at the following link:

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Women’s rights in Africa – new evidence to inform faith based advocacy

KIT Gender together with Faith to Action Network and others has published a groundbreaking pan-African review of the current status of implementation of continental commitments on women’s rights.

This report will help faith actors’ advocacy and awareness creation. 2018 marks the fifteenth anniversary of the Maputo Protocol, the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, adopted in 2003. This anniversary offers an excellent opportunity to take stock of gaps and contestations around the realisation of women and girls’ rights, and to identify where progress needs to be accelerated. This report informs and strengthens effective advocacy efforts and strategies of civil society including faith actors towards implementation of the Maputo Protocol and Plan of Action and the realisation of women and girls’ rights in sexual and reproductive health.

Africa’s women’s rights continue to evolve and become stronger and stronger. The African Union has a strong and comprehensive normative and institutional framework on gender equality and women and girls’ rights. Five of the eight Regional Economic Communities have a normative and institutional framework on gender equality and women and girls’ rights in place: ECOWAS, EAC, IGAD, SADC and COMESA. These are binding commitments in the case of ECOWAS (Supplementary Act of 2015), SADC (Protocol on Gender and Development, updated in 2016) and COMESA (Revised Gender Policy of 2016). For EAC, the Gender Equality Bill is to be passed, and this will be binding once this happens. The IGAD Gender Policy Framework is not binding. Most normative frameworks are recent or have recently been updated and amended, to align with the Sustainable Development Goals, Agenda 2063 and other key continental and international agendas and frameworks.

What's new in this report?

Earlier reports have tracked the current status of ratification and domestication of the Maputo Protocol and the Maputo Plan of Action. Few of these explore the pathways by means of which rights are operationalised in practice, through laws, policies, administration, budgets and programmes.

The report complements existing reports and reviews by:

  • Focusing specifically on sexual and reproductive health issues, and doing this in a comprehensive and holistic way
  • Bringing in and strengthening a gender and rights perspective, by integrally linking sexual and reproductive health to women and girls’ human rights and addressing them from a perspective of eliminating discrimination of women and girls
  • Looking at the role of and trends in Regional Economic Communities in Africa in advancing and realising women and girls’ rights in sexual and reproductive health, and
  • Looking at strategies of change, and the role of a range of change agents, including continental, regional, national and subnational state and non-state actors across Africa in the domestication and implementation of continental and regional commitments; in particular highlighting the role of civil society as mediator between duty-bearers and rights-holders.

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How to achieve change?

33 case studies presented in this report cover a wide range of initiatives, change agents and strategies pursued to promote, expand and realise women and girls’ rights in sexual and reproductive health. Faith actors can draw some important lessons from this diverse set of case studies, amongst others: That important initiatives to raising awareness and promoting institutional and social norms change towards women and girls’ rights are facilitated and initiated by faith-based organisations and progressive faith leaders. That legal, policy or institutional change is critical but not enough to realise and expand women and girls’ rights in sexual and reproductive health; these need to be complemented with challenging of gender inequalities and patriarchal hierarchies, norms and practices. That multi-disciplinary coalitions and networks provide powerful opportunities for transformative and sustainable change, and play a central role in legal and policy reform as well as social norm change. Such impact happens when women’s rights and SRHR activists and organisations, with youth leaders, faith-based organisations and leaders, broader civil society as well as governmental actors join forces and work around shared agendas.

The report is organized in 8 chapters

To further facilitate readers’ use of the report, it has been built up in a modular way. This allows readers to follow their own pathway through the report, depending on their core interests. The introductory chapter is immediately followed by a chapter presenting the key findings and recommendations. The subsequent six chapters provide an in-depth analysis of the different dimensions of the report. Chapter 3 gives an overview of women and girls’ rights in sexual and reproductive health in the African Union normative and institutional framework; it presents and contextualises the Maputo Protocol and the Maputo Plan of Action. Chapter 4 puts the spotlight on the normative and institutional commitments and frameworks of the regional economic communities with respect to women and girls’ rights in SRHR. Each of the four following chapters focuses on one of the rights areas in particular: Chapter 5 addresses gender-based violence against women, Chapter 6 harmful practices, Chapter 7 reproductive rights and sexual and reproductive health, and Chapter 8 HIV and AIDS. These latter four chapters all follow the same structure: they start with a section analysing the key issues, then continue with a second section giving a detailed explanation of the provisions and obligations of the Maputo Protocol and other relevant continental commitments and instruments, as appropriate. The third section then looks at the national legal and policy frameworks of all countries on the continent to assess the extent to which the continental commitments are domesticated and implemented. The fourth section of each rights area chapter presents a set of case studies, on diverse actors, using often diverse strategies, to realise women and girls’ rights in the particular rights area.

 

Faith to Action Network case studies

For our readers, who would like to see how Faith to Action Network members are involved in this report, we have extracted three case studies:

Case 14: Faith-based approach to tackling FGM in Kenya

Case 19: A caravan to educate Muslim communities

Case 20: CAPA's commitment on family planning


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