AHA! Awareness with Human Action
AHA! Awareness with Human Action seeks to contribute to the response efforts of the COVID-19 pandemic by preventing conflict and building social cohesion in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and broader South Asia. Through a collaborative approach, the project will increase outreach for initiatives that promote awareness of COVID-19 and constructive narratives that reduce discrimination, hate speech, and stigmatization against specific communities, primarily targeting religious leaders, women, and youth leaders as community influencers.
The conclusion of the project will result in enhanced capacities of religious and traditional leaders, women, and youth leaders to increase awareness on COVID-19 prevention and response that emphasize collaboration by different faiths and communities as well as increased conflict prevention-focused collaborative initiatives at national and regional levels to strengthen inclusive communities beyond COVID-19.
Consortium partners: AHA! Awareness with Human Action is funded by the European Union and implemented in a consortium of partners, including The Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers / Finn Church Aid, World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD), the Center for Peace and Justice – Brac University (CPJ), Center for Communication and Development of Bangladesh (CCD), Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW), Youth Development Foundation (YDF), Sarvodaya, INEB, AMAN, UNOY, and KAICIID. The project began in July 2020 and continues for 18 months.
Interviews with AHA! Grantees
Drawing the experience of local religious, women, and youth networks and organizations, the following research briefs offer insights and recommendations for peacebuilding and social cohesion during and following the COVID-19 emergency.
Regional Report: Actions, Trends, & Challenges
Debates, Dilemmas, and Developments in South Asia
Vaccination and Gender: Challenges and Ways Forward
Who Gets Priority for COVID-19 Vaccinations?
Misinformation Mitigating Policies and Practices Compared: Lessons Learned from South Asia
Fact-Checking Resources to Fight COVID-19 Misinformation in South Asia
Social Cohesion During a Global Pandemic: Combating Hate Speech & Promoting Integrated Societies
These papers are a series of research elements produced by the European Union funded AHA! Awareness with Human Action project that seeks to contribute to the response efforts of the COVID-19 pandemic by preventing conflict and building social cohesion in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and broader South Asia. The AHA! project is implemented by a consortium of project partners, including the Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers/Finn Church Aid, World Faiths Development Dialogue, the Center for Peace and Justice – Brac University, the Center for Communication and Development of Bangladesh, Islamic Relief Worldwide, the Youth Development Foundation, and Sarvodaya.
These publications were produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of the World Faiths Dialogue and the Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.
AHA Grantee Case Reviews
The following case reviews explore the unique and innovative approaches led by local communities to build awareness, spread factual and evidenced-based information, counter misinformation, and reduce discrimination and hate speech related to the COVID-19 pandemic
Women in South Asia support COVID-19 response & recovery initiativesAs part of the EU-funded...
The seventh AHA! Townhall meeting brought together peacebuilders from South Asia to discuss...