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Network for Religion and Development: Faith and Peacebuilding - SDG 16 Seminar
Torsdag 22 Marts 2018, 09:00 - 13:00



The Nexus between Religion and Peacebuilding;
with principal perspectives and practical examples from Zimbabwe
March 22nd 2018, 09:00 am – 13:00 afternoon (+ sandwiches from 12.30 – 13.00)



Since November 2017 Zimbabwe has undergone big changes. The civil society in Zimbabwe has come together to set an agenda for the country, emphasizing the importance of honouring the Constitution, human rights and the necessity of a just peace for reaching development.



A series of events called “National People's Convention”, NPC, mobilized great parts of the civil society actors. It was spearheaded by the Zimbabwe
Christian Council, ZCC, and the General Secretary Rev. Dr. Kenneth Mtata. As Zimbabwe holds elections in 2018, a new coordinating platform for civil society will be led by ZCC to work for free and fair elections.

When we first planned this seminar, our focus was on the peacebuilding work that Zimbabwean churches for a long time have been engaged in – also in preparation of the upcoming elections. But with the developments over the last half year we have now adjusted the programme to address more fully the SDG 16 agenda.



SDG16 speaks of peaceful and inclusive societies (with access to justice and good institutions). The National People’s Convention is exactly about that: how to prepare and build ‘effective, accountable and inclusive’ institutions. While peacebuilding is still as relevant as ever, the seminar now aims to give a comprehensive insight in what and how faith actors can contribute to SDG 16 – with Zimbabwe as case.


The purpose of the seminar is within the wider framework of Agenda 2030:
• To discuss the links between faith, peace and inclusive society – as faith actors contribute to SDG 16
• To share insight w. participants on the recent developments in Zimbabwe

The key-speaker Rev. Dr. Kenneth Mtata has both principal insight and practical experience (see presentation)


To comment and to start up the discussion, we have asked five participants to form a ‘Listeners Panel’: Ambassador Franz-Michael Skjold Mellbin, Head of the new MFA unit on Freedom of Religion and Belief Signe Skovbakke Winding Albjerg, Deputy Head of UPF Department in MFA, formerly Danish Embassy in
Zimbabwe); Consultant Christian Balslev-Olesen, former DCA Country Director in Zimbabwe; Signe Lund Christensen, Programme and policy advisor in ADRA Denmark and Jonas Vejsager Nøddekær, International Director in DanChurchAid.

This SDG 16 seminar is one of a number of seminars with the purpose to build professional capacity and knowledge of NGO staff and other interested actors to analyze and navigate in different contexts where religion plays an important role in development. Previous seminars include ‘Faith and Gender – SDG 5’ that took place in November 2016 and ‘Faith and Food – SDG 2’ that took place in March 2017.


The seminars are organized by the Network for Religion and Development founded by ADRA Denmark,  DanChurchAid, Caritas Denmark, Danish Muslim Aid, Danmission, Danish Institute for Human Rights, Centre for African Studies, Danish Mission Council and Danish Mission Council Development Department. The
initiative is supported financially by Danida through Globalt Fokus/Global Focus.


TIME, PLACE & REGISTRATION: March 22nd, 2018, 09:00 am - 13:00 afternoon
Venue: Bjælkeloftet, Diakonissestiftelsen, Peter Bangs Vej 5.B, 2000 Frederiksberg, Copenhagen. To register for the seminar, please contact Mayada M. Mohamedani, intern in International Department: – no later than March 16, 2018.