The Effective Inter-Religious Action in Peacebuilding Program
At a time when religious differences are often a tinderbox, igniting or being used as fuel to fan the flames of violence, the role of faith-based initiatives and organizations in building peace could not be more crucial. Religious communities have incredible potential for making significant contributions toward preventing conflict, mitigating violence, and facilitating reconciliation after a conflict. While inter-religious action has the ability to shift communities and societies from fear and conflict to peaceful coexistence, there is a lack of understanding about how to effectively integrate this work into broader peacebuilding and development efforts, how to evaluate the overall impact of inter-religious action in specific contexts, and how to harness best practices and apply them in complex environments.
Mission & Approach
With generous funding from GHR Foundation, the Effective Inter-religious Action in Peacebuilding Program (EIAP) aims to foster discussion on how inter-religious efforts can be most effective in contributing to peacebuilding and development processes. In complex environments, greater synergies and linkages among all sectors – including peacebuilding, development, governance, and justice – are needed for effective progress towards sustainable peace. Inter-religious action can play an important role within and between these sectors in developing social cohesion—a key factor in building resilient, peaceful societies. The EIAP seeks to understand how to evaluate inter-religious action and what best practices exist on how it can contribute to larger peacebuilding and development efforts.
- Increase the understanding of current practices in inter-religious action and the status of evaluation efforts for such work;
- Develop, test, and refine appropriate evaluation tools and methodologies for inter-religious action;
- Developing, over time, an evidence base for effective inter-religious action; and
- Advocate for policies that support effective inter-religious action in peacebuilding and development initiatives around the world.
How to Use the EIAP Pages
Check out these recommended resources: These are resources identified and vetted by our Global Advisory Council as key resources for inter-religious peacebuilding evaluation.
Faith Matters: A Guide for the Design, Monitoring & Evaluation of Inter-Religious Action for Peacebuilding
This Guide provides advice on designing a monitoring and evaluation process to collect data that can be used for learning, assessment of results and project improvement. Guidance will cover monitoring, evaluation and use and dissemination of results. Because considerations of project design are integral to monitoring and evaluation questions, we have also provided a brief overview of emerging standards regarding the design of peacebuilding programming, with references to additional resources (Sect. 3). The Guide outlines the decisions and stages involved in setting up a monitoring process and undertaking an evaluation for inter‐religious action for peacebuilding. It adapts and supplements secular evaluation principles and practices to ensure that the monitoring and evaluation of inter-religious actions are sensitive to and respectful of faith traditions, values, practices, priorities and motivations—and that they capture adequately the important spiritual dimensions of the work. It draws on available “how to” guidance on monitoring and evaluation processes and includes multiple references to the most relevant resources. Throughout the Guide, we provide examples to illustrate various steps and processes. We will also use an illustrative scenario (see Section 1.8, an illustrative scenario, adapted from a real project) to illustrate how the guidance might be applied in a particular case.
Throughout the EIAP project, AfP has engaged donors and policymakers to share principles for effective evaluation of inter-religious action, including how policies and donor practices can promote or inhibit inter-religious action in peacebuilding and development initiatives. This document provides a summary of the key learnings and findings gathered across the EIAP Project.
This policy brief summarizes overall findings from the EIAP Project on faith sensitive design, monitoring, and evaluation of inter-religious actions for peacebuilding. It provides key policy recommendations based upon these findings for policymakers, donors, implementers, practitioners, and evaluators.