Background on the Moral Imperative
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.
Along with 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. The statement 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. On 24 September 2015 in New York, 70+ FBOs and religious leaders discussed and affirmed The Framework. They organized around three core commitments that emanate from the moral imperative statement:
- generate and be guided by evidence,
- advocate around implementation and to increase accountability,
- foster effective and greater collaboration.
Three working groups were established around the 3 pillars of actions stated in the Action Framework: Evidence, Advocacy and Collaboration.
The Working Groups intend to foster collaboration among key Faith-based leaders and organizations, World Bank and UN agencies in order 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 Working Group is comprised of over 20 faith-based organizations and meets as needed. Frances Rose, KAICIID, and Daniel O’Neill, Christian Journal for Global Health, serve as Co-Moderators. The JLI will continue to host the EWG Guide web platform and advise the EWG. Thanks to Jean Duff and Dean Pallant, Salvation Army for their leadership in previous years.