UNDP Guidelines on Engaging with Faith-based Organizations and Religious Leaders

Published on 01 Oct 2014 - 23 pages

Summary

The UNDP Guidelines on Engaging with Faith-based Organizations and Religious Leaders are part of the Action Plan of the 2012 UNDP Civil Society and Civic Engagement Strategy.

 

They aim to encourage UNDP staff to streamline faith-sensitive development policy and programming that contributes to sustainable human development. They specifically aim to: strengthen internal capacities and raise awareness among UNDP staff about issues of common concern with FBOs and RLs; provide a working definition of FBOs and RLs for application in UNDP programming; Highlight the opportunities and risks associated with engaging with FBOs and RLs; identify lessons learned from previous collaboration with FBOs and RLs; complement existing UNDP corporate policies and procedures and other methodologies and tools produced to inform and improve UNDP programming; encourage UNDP staff to think creatively about partnerships with faith actors and to avoid pitfalls that could result from ill-advised forms of engagement; assist UNDP staff in mapping, formalizing and monitoring partnerships with FBOs and RLs based on their strengths and complementarity with UNDP; and enable FBOs and RLs to better understand the nature of their relationship with UNDP and to find points of entry and common concern.

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