Faith Leaders in Peace Action

 Faith Leaders in Peace Action

 

PROJECT TITLE                    :     Faith Leaders in Peace Action

GRANT NUMBER                :     BGD040

GRANT START DATE          :     September 11, 2019,

GRANT END DATE              :     June 10, 2020

TARGET GROUP(S)             :     Faith leaders and influencers

ACTIVITY APPROACH        :     Communications & Networks

DRIVER(S)                            :     Absence of Leadership on Tolerance and Acceptance

FUNDED UNDER                :     USAID Obirodh: Road to Tolerance Program

THEORY OF CHANGE

If faith leaders are made sensitize on diversity, coexistence and disseminate messages to strengthen societal cohesion then it will help to reinforce trust among the community people because faith leaders have acceptance and influencing role over the community.

ACTIVITY SUMMARY

The activity aims to mobilize selected faith influencers with enhanced skills to rebuild trust and take a bridge-building role among communities against violent extremism in Bangladesh. This activity under the project supports CSDF to organize two PVE orientations for 40 faith influencers, produce 3 short videos on peace message involving key faith personalities and stakeholders. Additionally, CSDF asks for a review on these 3 videos from 5-10 inter-faith leaders and air the finalized videos in digital media/ popular online-based TV channels and social websites.

 

Targets vs actual achievements

SL     Name of activity Target  Achievements

Remarks

1

Conduct orientation

2 2  
2

Two project orientation with faith leaders and influencers

 

43

 
3

Drafted outline of online discussion

20 20  
4

Two project orientation with faith leaders and influencers

40

43

 
5

Developed draft scripts for conducting faith-based online TV discussion

6 6  
6 The drafted script of video messaging 6

6

 
7

The finalized script of short video messaging

4 4  
8 Production of short video messaging 3

3

 
Drafted schedule of peace dialogue 8 8  
10 Expert review of developed video messaging with faith leaders, experts, academia, faith-based online TV channels, etc 10

10

 
11 Online airing of  video messages 3 3  
12 Online airing of 3 video messages through digital media and social websites 2

4

Panvision.tv, Al Dawah.tv, Rarabar Multimedia and SVEO
13 Viewers reached 12k 17.2k  As of June 1
14

Establish a partnership

6

6

One as academic and 5 as media partner

LESSONS LEARNED:

WHICH ASPECTS OF THE ACTIVITY WORKED WELL? WHY?

  • To work with inter-faith influencers, academicians, experts and other stakeholders for enhancing the capacity of the inter-faith leaders for promoting moderate voices in the society was an excellent learning
  • The interaction between the faith leaders, high officials of CTTU and university faculty working in the field was very curious and enjoyable. It was really a good experience.
  • Engagement of key stakeholders in developing scripts of short video messaging was very excited. The expert comments on the scripts and videos were very constructive and parised worthy.
  • Working with the production house for shooting short video messaging was really amazing. It reminded the spirit of teamwork.
  • To disseminate the right and moderate teachings of the faith as well as to combat against violent extremism in Bangladesh, enhancing the inter and intra-faith leaders’ skills and build their capacities is important and very relevant area. The approach was excellent;
  • Duration of the Project like this should not less than 12 months even it is a pilot project, otherwise, project feasibility could not be assessed.
  • Strong coordination and communication between implementing partner and donor are key for successful, effective and efficient project management.