Courses: United Nations Inter-Agency Sponsored Strategic Learning Exchange on the theme of “Engaging with Faith Organisations and Communities in Development and Humanitarian Work” from 4-6 November 2014 in Amman
Dear Development and Humanitarian Partners and UN Colleagues,
A United Nations Inter-Agency Sponsored Strategic Learning Exchange, in collaboration with the UN System Staff College (UNSSC), UNFPA, UNAIDS and UNHCR, is now accepting applications to its 3rd edition on the theme of “Engaging with Faith Organisations and Communities in Development and Humanitarian Work”, to be held from 4-6 November 2014 in Amman, Jordan.
The Strategic Learning Exchange is a three-day programme designed to explore the linkages between faith and humanitarian/development work by bringing together UN staff members who have experience engaging with faith-based organisations (FBOs) and communities in the course of their respective work in operational contexts. In addition to those working within the UN system, NGO and FBO representatives are encouraged to apply.
Please find further details about this edition of the Strategic Learning Exchange at http://www.unssc.org/home/activities/engaging-faith-organisations-and-communities-development-and-humanitarian-work
To apply, please sign up by clicking here: http://www.unssc.org/home/activities/enrolment-form-supervisor?key=14.DHR.010.FD
The course fee is USD 1500. For NGOs and FBOs, the fee is reduced to USD 500. Interested participants will be expected to cover their own travel, accommodation and fee costs.
Please note that the deadline for subscription is 21 September 2014.
For further information, please contact the UNSSC Course Coordinator, Angelo Miramonti via email at a.miramonti
Detailed course information:
Engaging with Faith Organisations and Communities in Development and Humanitarian Work
There is growing recognition in the international development and humanitarian communities of the role of faith in providing significant moral, social and political agency for human development and resilience in the face of hardship and adversity. Religious institutions, communities of faith and faith-based NGOs are carrying out critical development and humanitarian relief activities, including in entrenched situations of conflict. How can the resources these organizations bring to the table (human, financial and spiritual) be better understood and more effectively tapped by all of those working to serve the very same communities?
Many UN organizations and offices are today partnering with faith-based or faith-inspired service-delivery NGOs, local faith communities and religious leaders. Yet these forms of engagement also entail challenges and concerns. As the United Nations system reviews – and sets – its post-2015 sustainable development agenda for the decades to come, it is timely to examine the objectives, modalities and outcomes of such partnerships.
The aim of this Strategic Learning Exchange (SLE) is to explore the linkages between faith and the continuum of humanitarian to development work. It will consider the nature of development and humanitarian work, the timeframes for interventions and the types of populations served. The three-day meeting will examine human rights and gender equality as cross-cutting concerns, as well as lessons learned in the programme design, implementation and evaluation phases.
This SLE will bring together a range of UN staff members who have experience engaging with faith-based organizations and communities in the course of their respective work at senior programme and policy levels. Several faith-based partners will also be invited to reflect on their experiences of engaging with the UN in service delivery, advocacy and capacity building.
All participants are expected to bring their expertise on faith and various programmatic areas, such as health (HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health), gender equality, education, conflict transformation, humanitarian relief and climate change, and document it in preparation for the course as per standard case study formats.
The training method will follow the current trends in UN staff education and be primarily peer-to-peer learning and information sharing. It will further link the human-rights based approach to programming and house it within the UN’s Delivering as One framework.
Expected Outcomes of the Strategic Learning Exchange:
Participants can expect to take away the following:
• Enhanced understanding and ability to clearly articulate the linkages between faith and development and humanitarian work in contemporary contexts.
• Strengthened capacity to identify and articulate opportunities and challenges, strengths, weaknesses, entry points and modalities for:
(a) Partnership with faith-based NGOs and communities in the areas of knowledge-transfer, capacity building, advocacy, and enhancement of national ownership processes; and
(b) Strategies aimed at strengthening and overcoming some of the challenges associated with these partnerships (government relations, NGO/CSO dynamics, etc).
Testimonials from past editions:
“Finally we can learn from each other on an issue we were not even allowed to acknowledge before – the power of religion in the lives of millions of people… Very pleased you also brought on board the FBOs so we are not preaching to each other only, but we actually have their own voices to inform us”.
“I have learned from our own colleagues, from the FBOs and from our other agencies. This has opened my eyes to so many issues of partnership, or trust building, and of opportunities to confront very real taboos and social restrictions”.
“Rarely does one get an opportunity to boast about one’s work and also be humbled by the work of other colleagues dealing with such challenges. What a rich experience”.
For additional information, please contact:
• Mr. Angelo Miramonti, Course Coordinator: a.miramonti
• Mr. Patrick van Weerelt, Chief, Development, Gender and Human Rights: p.vanweerelt
• Ms. Azza Karam, Lead Facilitator: karam
• Ms. Sally Smith, Co-facilitator,: smiths
• Mr. José Riera, Co-facilitator: riera