The Africa Interfaith Initiative on the Post 2015 Development Agenda is an advocacy platform comprising of pan-African, regional and nation-al Religious Coordinating Bodies (RCBs), interfaith organisation, Faith Inspired Organisations (FIOs) and religious leaders. The initiative was formed as a response to the growing need for African faith communities and their leaders to speak into the post 2015 development agenda and influence its discourse and outcomes.
To get thre, the Africa Interfaith Initiative organised the first African Faith Leaders’ Summit on Sustainable Development Goals and the Post 2015 Development Agenda co-hosted by the Government of Uganda and the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU). Participants at the summit included senior religious leaders, women of faith and youth
of faith leaders, representatives from the African Union, East African Community, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC), and the World Bank. Notable participants included H.E. Yoweri Museveni, President of Uganda, and H.E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia.
Through this platform, End Child Poverty together with other actors was able to mobilize African faith communities to bring their moral voice to shape development outcomes, of the new Sustainable Development Goals adopted at the 70th UN General Assembly. End Child Poverty has also been able to leverage on the resulting partnerships to join and engage conversations and work with about 50 global actors including the UN agencies, the World Bank, faith inspired organizations governments and other CSOs.
We continue to participate in this regional advocacy platform because of the clear connections between sustainable development and the eradication of child poverty.