Together with our partners and stakeholders, KAICIID impacts some of the furthest and toughest corners of the world with the transformative power of interreligious and intercultural dialogue. But we know that we cannot do this alone.

Our partnerships range from religious institutions and faith-based organizations, governments and non-governmental organizations, universities, academic institutions and grassroots organizations.

Working with others deepens and multiplies the impact of our work, supports advocacy and awareness raising, increases training and capacity building, and helps us contribute to the United Nations’ goal of “building forward better.” Our partners understand that in order to put an end to conflict and crisis, and to build peaceful, cohesive communities, we need to recognize the importance of the common values which bind us together.

While KAICIID has longstanding cooperation with numerous organizations and institutions, we have also concluded formal partnerships with over a dozen organizations through Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs), and as part of our External Relations Strategic Framework.

KAICIID has also played an advisory role to intergovernmental and governmental institutions that require expertise in engaging faith-based organizations through dialogue processes. Conversely, the Centre has helped religious actors and faith-based organizations better understand the strategies and frameworks of intergovernmental and governmental institutions.

To that end, the Centre has provided capacity-building and resources to partners to better incorporate dialogue in peacebuilding and development work. Our support for partners is closely connected to global development agendas, including Agenda 2030 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Centre upholds the UN Declaration on Human Rights, the UNESCO Culture Conventions and their operational activities. Similar to UNESCO’s approach to the 2030 Agenda, KAICIID aims at contributing to peaceful societies and inclusion, by enhancing the exercise of fundamental freedoms, strengthening participatory systems of dialogue to foster respect for cultural and religious diversity and promoting gender equality.



Partnerships & External Relations

The AU, founded in May 2001 and headquartered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is a union of 55 member states that work together to address major political, social and economic issues, including preventing and ending conflict and promoting pan-African development and integration.

Since 2013, KAICIID has partnered with the African Union on the implementation of Agenda 2063 and the realization...


UNESCO believes that since wars begin in the minds of men and women, it is in the minds of men and women that peace must be built. The organization uses education, science and culture to inform, inspire and engage people everywhere to foster understanding and respect for each other and the planet.

KAICIID has partnered with UNESCO since 2013 to promote peace and inclusive education,...

Found in 1979, the Islamic World Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) is one of the largest Islamic organizations worldwide. Its objectives include strengthening cooperation among its 54 member states in the fields of education, science, culture and communication, and to encourage diversity, dialogue and understanding among diverse peoples as a contribution towards world...

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, was established on 8 August 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand.

In 2021, KAICIID and ASEAN-IPR, the leading regional intergovernmental organization in South East Asia, launched a training programme to help ASEAN professionals use interreligious and intercultural dialogue in peacebuilding, conflict management and resolution. The programme ...

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority which sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system, and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.

In 2017, UNEP launched the Faith for Earth initiative, which...

The Joint Learning Initative (JLI) is an international collaboration which develops and communicates evidence on local faith actors’ roles and contributions to sustainable development and humanitarian action, including community health and wellbeing. An open source, non-partisan knowledge sharing platform for all sectors, JLI seeks to engage religious and faith-based groups to achieve the...

The University of Malaya is a public research university located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is the oldest and highest-ranking Malaysian institution of higher education.

In 2015, KAICIID and the University of Malaya signed a Memorandum of Understanding, committing to strengthening academic, scientific and cultural ties. The two organizations have worked together on a number of digital...

The Oslo Center promotes and enhances democratic practices by strengthening good governance, political institutions, and civic spaces. The organization aims to ensure that democratic systems are responsive to citizen needs, and that they respect meaningful and inclusive participation, human rights, and human dignity.

In 2021, KAICIID signed a Memoranda of Understanding with the Oslo...

Established in 1990 and headquartered in Japan, Arigatou International is a non-profit corporation which works with people from diverse religious and cultural backgrounds to promote children’s rights and well-being at all levels — from the grassroots to the global.

Since 2016, Arigatou and KAICIID have been part of the International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (...

Using interreligious and intercultural dialogue, KAICIID works with the European Union, its entities and agencies, to promote peace and pluralism, combat hate speech, and ensure the successful integration of refugees in Europe.

In 2017, KAICIID co-hosted a technical meeting with the European Union Representation in Vienna on faith-based support for young people seeking refuge. 


The Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide plays a special advisory role to the United Nations Secretary-General, advancing national and international efforts to protect populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity (atrocity crimes), as well as their incitement.



Since its establishment in 2005, the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) has become a leader in intercultural dialogue, understanding and cooperation. The Alliance maintains a global network of partners including states, international and regional organizations, civil society groups, foundations, and the private sector to improve cross-cultural relations between diverse nations and...


The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is the second largest organization after the United Nations with a membership of 57 states spread over four continents. The OIC endeavours to safeguard and protect the interests of the Muslim world in the spirit of promoting international peace and harmony among various people of the world.

In June 2015, KAICIID signed a Memorandum of...

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Founded in 1499, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) is a Spanish public university with 26 faculties and over 30 research institutes. With more than 83,000 students, it is the largest university in Spain, a leading academic institution in Latin America, and one of the most prestigious universities in the Spanish-speaking world.



The Institut Superior de Ciències Religioses de Barcelona (ISCREB) is a public educational institution which is linked to the Faculty of Theology of Catalonia. It was established in November 1996 and re-founded on May 2010.

KAICIID and ISCREB signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2015. Since then, the two organizations have worked...

The University for Peace (UPEACE) is an institution of higher education dedicated to the study of peace, created by UN General Assembly Resolution 35/55.

In 2019, the KAICIID E-Learning programme and UPEACE formed a consortium with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), the National Muslim Council of Liberia (NMCL), and the Institut...


Founded in 1970, Religions for Peace (RfP) is the world's largest and most representative multi-religious coalition advancing common action among the world's religious communities for peace. The organization works to transform violent conflict, advance human development, promote just and harmonious societies and protect the earth. The global Religions for Peace network comprises a World...


Université de Montréal is one of the world’s leading research universities. Founded in 1878, the Université de Montréal, with its two affiliated schools, the École Polytechnique and the HEC Montréal, is now the largest university in Quebec and the second largest in Canada. With over 60,000 students from around the world, the university awards more than 11,000 diplomas every year.



The World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) is an independent, worldwide, non-profit and non-partisan organization which serves the Scout Movement. Its purpose is to promote unity and the understanding of Scouting's purpose and principles, while facilitating its expansion and development. The organs of the World Organization are the World Scout Conference, the World Scout Committee and...


As the United Nations lead agency on international development, UNDP works in 170 countries and territories to eradicate poverty and reduce inequality. The organization helps countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities, and to build resilience to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Their work is concentrated in three focus areas:...

KAICIID and International Consortia

KAICIID’s participation in international consortia, networks and platforms has fostered multifaith and multilateral partnerships, and ensured that religious leaders, grassroots and international organizations learn from each other as they address shared challenges.

Through our networks, alliances and platforms, we work to advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, build capacity, strengthen partnerships and share knowledge.

KAICIID has been involved as a partner or member with 13 networks, alliances and fellowships, of which a few examples are listed below.


International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD)

Established in 2016, The International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD) convenes governments, multilateral entities, civil society (with a focus on religious and faith-based actors) and academia in a safe space, providing continuity for dialogue, learning, and collaboration to better inform policy and practices in the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Agenda 2030.

KAICIID began its collaboration with PaRD in September 2016 as a co-organizer and co-sponsor of a pre-meeting to the “Special Session on Religion” at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, which engaged religious actors and local faith communities on the development of more effective humanitarian response.

KAICIID also joined the PaRD Secretariat, as well as the United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect, the World Council of Churches, and the Permanent Missions of Italy and Spain in support of “Bearing Witness: Combatting Human Trafficking and Forced Migration,” held on the sidelines of the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly.

KAICIID was admitted as an official member to PaRD in October 2016, and has been an active member of its leadership body, engaging in several of its workstreams including Gender Equality and Empowerment (UN SDG #5) and Sustaining Peace (UN SDG #16). 

Additionally, KAICIID has directly collaborated with PaRD on projects such as the iDOVE programme in Africa and the United Nations Interagency Task Force-led Strategic Learning Exchange on “Engaging with Faith Organizations and Communities for Sustainable Development” in Amman, Jordan.


The Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers

Founded in 2013, the Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers fosters peaceful and inclusive societies by increasing active collaboration between religious and traditional actors and other key stakeholders on conflict transformation.

The Network’s mission contributes to UN efforts on sustaining peace and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly gender equality (SDG #5); peace, justice and strong institutions (SDG #16); and strong partnerships (SDG #17), as well as UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security.

Since 2015, KAICIID has been a core member of the Network, which is composed of intergovernmental organizations, policymakers, civil society and faith-based organizations which work together to support religious and traditional peacemakers at the local and national level. The Network supports these leaders by providing peacemaking expertise and training, building connections and networks among them and carrying out research into effective peacebuilding mechanisms.

KAICIID has cooperated with the Network Secretariat each year to undertake more than ten projects, including research and mediation training in the Centre’s focus countries, and support for core functions such as advocacy and annual meetings.

Additionally, the Network has supported KAICIID’s programming in the Central African Republic, facilitating its linkage with national policymakers, and cooperated on numerous projects in the Arab Region including Social Media as a Space for Dialogue.


UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Religion and Development (UN IATF-R) / Multi-Faith Advisory Council (MFAC)

The UN Interagency Task Force on Religion and Sustainable Development (UN IATF-R) was established in 2010, at the behest of eight UN principals, as a platform for knowledge exchange and management, capacity building, system-wide guidance and oversight regarding engagement with faith-based/-inspired civil society actors.

KAICIID has worked closely with the Task Force on the UN Strategic Learning Exchange – a series of workshops designed to increase cooperation between religious actors and the UN on development projects. The partnership has also raised awareness across the UN regarding the critical role religious actors and faith-based organizations play in humanitarian efforts.

The Centre has participated in a number of events with the Task Force, including the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit, and the 2016 UN General Assembly Session.

In 2018, UN IATF-R established the Multi-faith Advisory Council, an informal and voluntary entity that consists of more than 40 religious leaders and heads of faith-based organizations. The Council serves as a unique space for convening faith-based partners as advisors to the UN and is committed to upholding multilateralism and international human rights through multi-faith collaboration around Agenda 2030. KAICIID serves as the only intergovernmental organization that holds membership in the MFAC and co-chaired the Council from 2018-2019. The Centre has supported MFAC on key areas of the UN’s mandate, such as gender justice, environmental protection, and peacebuilding. In July 2019, KACIID contributed to the Kofi Annan Faith Briefings at the annual UN General Assembly, which highlighted the importance of partnerships between the UN and religious actors on human rights, sustainable development and peace and security.