In 2014 the UNICEF-Religions for Peace (RfP) initiated a comprehensive review of UNICEF’s global engagement with faith leaders, organizations. Areas of interest included the range and types of religious groups, categories of support and thematic focus areas of partnerships that UNICEF had formed during the previous five years.
The investigation of UNICEF programming in 149 countries, territories and areas revealed that Communication for Development (C4D)-related activities (sensitization, social mobilization and advocacy) represented 32%, 20% and 17% categories of support respectively. Altogether, C4D- related activities accounted for two-thirds of country level FBO-related activities. The mapping also identified religious leaders and institutions as the partners of preference for Country Offices.
C4D has since continued such documentation and research. In 2017 C4DHQ, along with the UNIEF Child Protection Section, worked with the African Union to produce an introductory guide on behaviour change. Individual country offices have also collaborated extensively, producing country-level documentation.
One particular project on the role of FBOs on addressing harmful social norms was used as part of training workshop material for a continent- workshop for religious leaders across Africa in combatting Child Marriage. Through such collaboration FBOs have received greater technical guidance on how to facilitate dialogue in support of social and behaviour change related to the priority areas of UNICEF’s work.
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