In April 2015 over 40 global religious and faith-based organization leaders issued a “Moral and Spiritual Imperative to End Extreme Poverty” in an event sponsored by the World Bank Group.

A diverse group of multi-religious leaders, the World Bank Faith Initiative and the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Religion and Development worked collaboratively to develop a Faith-based Action Framework to End Extreme Poverty and Realize the SDGs, which outlines a series of strategies that faith leaders and communities are committed to in order to help end the scourge of extreme poverty and advance sustainable development. The Framework was discussed and affirmed by 70+ FBOs during a strategy session of FBO and religious leaders on the 24 September 2015 in New York. It was organized around three core commitments that emanate from the moral imperative statement: 1) generate and be guided by evidence, 2) advocate around implementation and to increase accountability, 3) foster effective and greater collaboration. One of the outcomes from this event was to establish 3 working groups around the 3 pillars of actions stated in the Action Framework: Evidence, Advocacy and Collaboration. 

The intention of the Working Groups is to foster collaboration among key Faith-based leaders and organizations, World Bank and UN agencies to discern the best way to implement the Faith-based Action Framework to End Poverty and Advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Working groups shall design general strategies to implement the objectives and actions included in the Framework at regional (when appropriate) and national level.

The Evidence Group is comprised of over 20 faith-based organizations and meets monthly. Jean Duff, Partnership for Faith & Development, and Dean Pallant, the Salvation Army, serve as Co-Moderators.