Loading...

First KAICIID Programme to Launch in 2013, in Africa

05 Feb 2013

KAICIID Board and Secretariat will be on location in Uganda to launch a special programme, March 2013.

The Board of Directors of the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) held its first meeting of 2013 in Madrid, making substantial decisions on the Centre’s institutional development and programme of work. Among other outcomes, it was agreed that the commitment to the ‘Multi-religious Collaboration for the Survival and Wellbeing of Children’ with Religions for Peace will launch in Uganda. Furthermore, the Dialogue Centre was officially launched in Spain, and the Secretary-General met and held separate discussions with the Ministers of Justice and Foreign Affairs.

(Vienna, 5th February 2013) The Board of Directors of the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) met on 1st - 2nd February in Madrid, Spain, in the first of four Directors’ planned meetings for 2013. Among other topics, Rules of Procedure for the Board were formally approved, as well as the Centre’s budget, work plan and programmes.

As its first programme, KAICIID, in strategic partnership with Religions for Peace (RfP), will launch an innovative initiative, called “Multi-religious Collaboration for the Common Good.” The first phase of this KAICIID programme area focuses on the survival and wellbeing of children, empowering faith communities in an identified region to promote the adoption of life-saving household practices among families and societies in their region. In an exciting new partnership, a cooperation paper has recently been signed by KAICIID and RfP, authorising a combined internal Working Group to determine details of the programme’s realisation and to approve an initial project in Uganda, where RfP is already operating. Members from KAICIID’s Board and Secretariat will be on location in Uganda in March 2013 to participate in the start-up as well as to meet with religious leaders and others working in the field there.

Faisal Bin Abdulrahman Bin Muaammar, Secretary-General of KAICIID, expressed his pleasure at the cooperation with RfP, emphasising: “This multi-year programme will equip, engage and mobilise diverse faith leaders, congregations, faith-based institutions, interreligious councils and individual believers. It is dialogue in action.” The Secretary-General also remarked: “KAICIID will monitor and learn from the very beginning of the programme how these projects grow in impact.”