Webinar Save the Date – Engaging with faith actors: building on lessons of COVID-19


Engaging with faith actors: building on lessons of COVID-19
Co-hosted by ACT Alliance EU, Caritas Europa, EU-CORD and Islamic Relief Worldwide

 Save the date: 7 October 2020, 14:00-15:30 (CEST)

The COVID-19 pandemic and epidemics such as Ebola have repeatedly highlighted the central role of faith actors in multiple aspects of the response. This is why, we warmly invite EU and civil society in-country and Brussels-based personnel engaged in development, humanitarian and peacebuilding for participatory discussion on the opportunities and challenges of engagement with faith actors in policy and programming.

Registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwsc-ugrjkqHdzq3NrWaoA4Z4is5uYPSvW0

The webinar is accompanied by a toolkit addressed to EU policy makers offering civil society practical considerations for engaging with faith actors in the COVID-19 response.

During the webinar we will have the opportunity to reflect on how to engage with religious leaders and faith communities in different contexts responding to the immediate and longer-term impacts of outbreaks, such as Ebola and COVID-19, both in policy and in practice. EU Delegation, the World Bank and civil society speakers will debate:

  • – Why, especially in terms of COVID-19 response, engagement with faith leaders is important and what this looks like at local, national and international level.
  • – How to navigate and overcome challenges that come from engaging with faith leaders for constructive engagement at the policy and programming level.
  • – Drawing on the distinct experiences of the World Bank and civil society, where common ground may be found for EU policy approaches.



  • – Keynote address: Mercy Niwe, Global Faith Engagement at the World Bank Group
  • – Constructive engagement in challenging circumstances:
    – Perspectives from India – Shahin Ashraf MBE, Islamic Relief Worldwide
    – Perspectives from South Asia – Edla Puoskari, The Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers
  • – EU field interactions with religious leaders and faith communities:
    EU Delegation to Nigeria. Additional EUD to be confirmed.
  • – Rapporteur reflections: Nicoletta Merlo, DG DEVCO