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Advocacy and representation

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Advocacy and representation

Faith organizations exert influence as strong advocates vis-à-vis authorities, impacting legal, health and education systems. Winning the support of faith leaders and faith organizations can have a snowball effect on policies in many sectors.

Faith to Action Network creates opportunities to engage in policy discussions at the international, regional, national and sub-national levels. We broker partnerships and alliances between unlikely parties – intra- and interfaith, donors, governments, secular civil society organizations, and the private sector. We help broker faith resolutions and recommendations that provide powerful mandates and entry points to transform decision-makers’ attitudes and weigh in on policy-making processes.

Faith to Action Network develops timely and context-specific advocacy and communication materials to help advocates and decision-makers make informed decisions. These documents inform about topical issues through an inter-religious lens, referencing religious texts and traditions and explaining scientific evidence, and re-framing misunderstood terminology in faith-acceptable language. Complementing existing materials, these briefs are developed in collaboration with recognized theologians and faith leaders.

Faith to Action Network informs and educates faith-inspired decision makers, providing proactive and on-demand technical assistance when drafting new policies and programs, and organizing national and international conferences. This activity can be formal by participating in or leading formal consultations, or when preparing for statutory meetings and technical working groups. It can be informal when parliamentarians ask for advice or technical input on policy documents. A particular focus is on supporting policy-makers to develop and roll out consultative policy-making processes that engage faith actors to contribute meaningfully.

Faith to Action Network expands civic space for faith actors by creating its own spaces, facilitating participation in invited spaces and opening doors to closed spaces. Faith to Action Network facilitates the participation of faith leaders and faith organizations in policy consultations. It encourages decision-makers at international, regional and national levels to include faith organizations in their national delegations to international policy-making events and seeks an observer status in statutory planning meetings. Faith to Action Network is highly skilled and effective in securing space for faith organizations on their national delegations, and observer status during United Nations, African Union and East African Community summits and other events. Faith to Action Network also organizes constructive dialogues between faith leaders and organizations, media, government and development stakeholders to create consensus on different issues.

About us

We mobilize faith actors for interfaith dialogue and collaboration to advance family health and well-being; women’s rights and gender justice; and peaceful, just and inclusive communities, consistent with one’s faith.

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Faith to Action Network3 weeks ago
As part of global commemoration of the World Inter harmony week, through the JISRA programme, our member Muhammadiyah brings together young people from different faith formations to act for the environment. Another example that religion is a great builder of bridges.

For Ahsan Hamidi an activist with Eco Bhinneka, the chance for people with various religious backgrounds to meet, discuss, and work together while caring for the environment allows clarity and progress where there are differences that have arisen on the basis of prejudice”. What is your story of inter faith harmony this week?

Share with us and we shall share it with the world.
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