Fred Nyabera, the Director of Arigatou International – End Child poverty has been elected to serve in the International Partnership on Religion and Development (PaRD) steering group for the period 2021 – 2023. He is among 6 individuals elected in the new steering group, drawn from Faint Based Organisations, Civil Society and Academia, representing various organisations around the world. The organisations include; Catholic Youth Network for Environmental Sustainability in Africa, Islamic Relief Worldwide, United Sikhs, World Council of Churches and World Vision.
Election of the new steering group took place earlier this month (November), followed by PaRD General Assembly where a formal hand over between the current and the newly elected Steering Group took place.
Aside from the handover, the General Assembly provided an opportunity to share experiences and lessons learned, discuss current challenges in the field of religion and sustainable development and set priorities of work. It is in this view that the Director, Arigatou International – End Child Poverty took part in the panel on Ending Extreme Poverty & Ensuring Food Security, during the Assembly. He further sought opportunity to present the nascent Sustainable Development Goals Academy for Children; a safe learning space and programme for children to contribute to the global development agenda.
PaRD is a unique and dynamic global multi-stakeholder partnership. It brings together religious and other civil society organisations, intergovernmental and governmental entities and academia. It focuses on the positive potentials and contributions of religious actors to the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda.