Faith and Opportunity Initiatives

Faith and Opportunity Initiatives

The Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives (CFOI) liaises with faith-based and community stakeholders in achieving USAID’s priority goals and is critical to the success of USAID’s mission.

We work to connect with USAID’s mission by directing relevant organizations to appropriate points-of-contact within the Agency. We offer resources to help guide groups through the partnership process, and also provide information about new partnership opportunities.

2019 Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom

July 16-18, 2019

2019 Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom

USAID CFOI will join with the U.S. Department of State in presenting the 2019 Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom. The Ministerial will bring leadership from across the globe to discuss issues relating to religious freedom and identify mechanisms to combat religious persecution and discrimination and instill respect for religious liberty.

On July 17, USAID will sponsor panel discussions, breakout sessions, and other activities related to the themes of religious freedom, global development, and humanitarian assistance—including the protection of vulnerable minorities in conflict zones. USAID participation will also spotlight the contributions of faith-based organizations in global development.

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Our office is abuzz making preparations for the Second Annual Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, July 16 - 18, during which we will host a day of programming focused on religious freedom and the role of faith-based actors in global development. We look forward to seeing many of our faith-based and community partners there.

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Success Stories

Food Security in Ethiopia: Food for the Hungry Ethiopia Development Food Aid Program

The overall goal of the project was to improve the food security status of chronically food insecure households in 9 Woredas (districts) of the Amhara Region of Ethiopia. Program activities included maternal and child health and nutrition, improving access to nutritious foods, improving access to water and sanitation (water schemes, toilets, hygiene behaviors), natural resources management (soil and water conservation, tree planting), improving access to social infrastructure (schools, health posts, veterinary posts), and food distribution.

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Last updated: July 12, 2019

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