Exploring holy and unholy alliances – why religion matters in combating shrinking civic space

Nabiela Farouq

Exploring holy and unholy alliances – why religion matters in combating shrinking civic space

10:00 AM 21 september, 2017

By using a workshop methodology we aim to extract knowledge and experiences from secular and faith based organisations and different government actors in relation to religion and religious actors in contexts with shrinking civic space.

The workshop departs from the following questions:
1. How do local actors use the limited civic space existing? What roles can different religious actors play in this situation? How can international development and humanitarian actors support the progressive religious actors in these contexts?
2. How and when do we cooperate with religious actors that are reluctant to human rights, democratisation and civic space?
3. When and in what way is it an asset not to be religious in a religious context?

Speaker and facilitators:
Speaker is Nabiela Farouq, adviser at PaRD and Deputy Head of Programme for GIZ sector programme Religion, Values and Development.
The workshop is facilitated by the Swedish Mission Council assisted by Islamic Relief, Church of Sweden, Life & Peace Institute, Swedish Committee for Afghanistan, Sida and Partnership for Religion and Sustainable Development, PaRD( International Partnership for Religion and Sustainable Development).

Organizers:
The workshop is organised by the Swedish Mission Council (SMC) and Knowledge forum for religion and development, a working group focusing issues concerning the role of religion in development cooperation. The group consists of members from The Swedish Mission Council, Islamic Relief, Church of Sweden, PMU, The Christian Council of Sweden and Diakonia.

The Chatham House rule will be applied during this session.