Faith-based and community organizations serve some of the most vulnerable populations in the world. They are also often embedded in communities and uniquely qualified to identify and meet local needs. The Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships (FBNP) works to build bridges between USAID and faith-based and community organizations. With its mandate from President Biden’s February 2021 Executive Order establishing the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, FBNP reaffirms the U.S. Government’s longstanding commitment to work with faith-based and community organizations, including diaspora groups, volunteer networks, and foundations, to advance shared diplomatic, international development, and humanitarian goals worldwide.
FBNP strengthens the Agency’s work with faith-based and community organizations by:
Provide resources on how to work with USAID and connect these organizations with appropriate points of contacts within the Agency.
Convene faith-based and community organizations with USAID leadership via meetings and events to discuss shared priorities.
- Provide USAID staff with data-driven tools and resources on Strategic Religious Engagement (SRE), FBNP’s model for working with local religious communities and partnering with faith-based organizations.
- Gather and analyze data on the role and impact of engaging with religious communities and partnering with faith-based organizations.
- Represent USAID in interagency and international groups working at the intersection of religion and development.
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