Who We Are
KAICIID is a unique intergovernmental organization: through our dual governance structure, a Council of Parties made of States, and a Board of Directors made up of religious leaders, we bring together followers of different religious traditions, religious leaders and policymakers. Our Advisory Forum, with over 60 religious leaders from the world’s major faith and cultural traditions, allows us to connect and network communities from all over the world. Our member States, the Republic of Austria, the Kingdom of Spain, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the Holy See as a founding Observer, and Board of Directors stand as guarantors of the independence of our programmes from the interests of any one country, or any one religious denomination. We are convenors and facilitators, bringing religious leaders, policymakers and experts to the dialogue table so that they can find common solutions to shared problems.
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The Founding Impulse
Council of Parties
Our member States are the Republic of Austria, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the Kingdom of Spain. The Holy See is a founding Observer. The Council of Parties reviews and approves the Centre’s annual work programme and budget.
Board of Directors
KAICIID is the only intergovernmental organization to have a Board of Directors made up of religious leaders from five of the world’s major religions.
The Advisory Forum is a consultative body comprised of influential leaders from major world religions and religious and cultural institutions and communities representing more than 20 countries. The Forum supports the activities of the KAICIID Board of Directors and advises on our programmes, ensuring that they are as inclusive and comprehensive as possible.
Today, we are a small, but diverse team of 65 experts from 30 nationalities. 52% of our staff are women. The Centre is headed by the Secretary General, Faisal Bin Muaammar, and the Deputy Secretary General, Alvaro Albacete.
At KAICIID, partnership is a cornerstone of our approach and methodology. KAICIID views partnership as both a prerequisite for the development and implementation of its own programmes and activities and as a means to advance the global field of interreligious and intercultural dialogue.
KAICIID partnerships aim to bring together institutional capacities and human resources in the form of skills, contacts, experiences and ideas to tackle common challenges that are often beyond the capacity of a single institution.
KAICIID’s approach in its external relations is the establishment of comprehensive, coherent, and effective institutional partnerships with governmental and intergovernmental organizations such as the United Nations, the African Union and European Union Institutions that create enabling spaces for interreligious and intercultural cooperation
We believe that religious actors have a special role to play in addressing the challenges we face. They have access, networks, and ability, but they also have a moral and ethical power unlike any other. This is why we work to support religious institutions and actors and strive to make their voices heard at the policy tables. We do this through building the capacity of religious institutions, and by supporting platforms to connect them to each other, and to policy institutions. We have supported the establishment of five platforms in Europe, the Central African Republic, Myanmar, Nigeria and the Arab Region.