Our approach

ICRD achieves its mission by meeting four core objectives:

  • Decreasing religion’s role as a driver of conflict;
  • Increasing the capacity and number of religious peacemakers;
  • Increasing the role of religious clergy and laity in peacemaking;
  • Increasing policy‐makers’ awareness of and receptivity to the potential contributions of religious actors.

ICRD applies the following strategies to achieve its four core objectives:

  • Promoting spiritual values that delegitimize violence and intolerance;
  • Advancing the field of peacemaking practice by integrating the contributions of religious actors;
  • Facilitating resilient community networks for preventing and resolving conflicts;
  • Expanding the capacity of civil society to support faith‐based peacemaking.

By combining innovative and traditional approaches, ICRD has developed a set of unique capabilities and methodologies for conducting faith‐based diplomacy to promote reconciliation and resolve differences. Included among these capabilities are:

  • Identifying and applying faith doctrines that inspire empathy and reconciliation;
  • Engaging excluded and ideologically-divided communities in constructive conversations;
  • Facilitating relationships of trust and identifying new areas for collaboration;
  • Conducting conflict analysis, particularly where religious considerations are salient;
  • Reinforcing contemporary conflict resolution techniques with faith‐based practices.

ICRD develops the following program methodologies, orchestrates their application in the field, and analyzes their effectiveness:

Methodologies

  • Strengthening the roles of both male and female religious adherents, across generations and traditions, in conflict resolution and countering violent religious extremism;
  • Enhancing themes of tolerance in religious education curriculums and pedagogy;
  • Identifying and leveraging shared spiritual values to support collaborative problem­‐solving and faith­‐based reconciliation;
  • Facilitating the cooperative development of counter-­‐narratives to violent religious extremism;
  • Formulating faith­‐based conflict resolution frameworks in concert with local partners;
  • Training other prospective local trainers in applying faith-‐based methodologies.

Analysis

  • Determining context­‐specific roles for religious stakeholders in the resolution of conflict and prevention of violent religious extremism;
  • Codifying best­‐practices for engaging religious stakeholders in mitigating violent conflict;
  • Mapping identity­‐based conflicts and how they are contributing to particular cases of instability.

Objectives

ICRD achieves its mission by meeting four core objectives:

  • Decreasing religion’s role as a driver of conflict;
  • Increasing the capacity and number of religious peacemakers;
  • Increasing the role of religious clergy and laity in peacemaking;
  • Increasing policy‐makers’ awareness of and receptivity to the potential contributions of religious actors.

Strategies

ICRD applies the following strategies to achieve its four core objectives:

  • Promoting spiritual values that delegitimize violence and intolerance;
  • Advancing the field of peacemaking practice by integrating the contributions of religious actors;
  • Facilitating resilient community networks for preventing and resolving conflicts;
  • Expanding the capacity of civil society to support faith‐based peacemaking.

Core Capabilities

By combining innovative and traditional approaches, ICRD has developed a set of unique capabilities and methodologies for conducting faith‐based diplomacy to promote reconciliation and resolve differences. Included among these capabilities are:

  • Identifying and applying faith doctrines that inspire empathy and reconciliation;
  • Engaging excluded and ideologically-divided communities in constructive conversations;
  • Facilitating relationships of trust and identifying new areas for collaboration;
  • Conducting conflict analysis, particularly where religious considerations are salient;
  • Reinforcing contemporary conflict resolution techniques with faith‐based practices.

Tools & Products

ICRD develops the following program methodologies, orchestrates their application in the field, and analyzes their effectiveness:

Methodologies

  • Strengthening the roles of both male and female religious adherents, across generations and traditions, in conflict resolution and countering violent religious extremism;
  • Enhancing themes of tolerance in religious education curriculums and pedagogy;
  • Identifying and leveraging shared spiritual values to support collaborative problem­‐solving and faith­‐based reconciliation;
  • Facilitating the cooperative development of counter-­‐narratives to violent religious extremism;
  • Formulating faith­‐based conflict resolution frameworks in concert with local partners;
  • Training other prospective local trainers in applying faith-‐based methodologies.

Analysis

  • Determining context­‐specific roles for religious stakeholders in the resolution of conflict and prevention of violent religious extremism;
  • Codifying best­‐practices for engaging religious stakeholders in mitigating violent conflict;
  • Mapping identity­‐based conflicts and how they are contributing to particular cases of instability.