Network Strategy Endorsed by Members and Partners during the Advisory Group Meeting
A formal, five-year Network strategy was endorsed by over 50 Network members and partners during the Network Advisory Group Meeting (AGM) in Jakarta. This strategy will further increase the effectiveness of efforts by the Network to advance peaceful and inclusive societies by increasing the active collaboration between religious and traditional actors and other key stakeholders in conflict transformation.
From 17-18 November, Network members and partners came together in Jakarta to discuss and endorse a formal strategy for the Network. Guided by a new mission and vision statement, the strategy clearly outlines the Network’s priorities, thematic focuses and working modalities for the next five years. Cross-cutting themes incorporated throughout the strategy include: inclusivity – a whole of society approach, human rights and gender-equality and youth participation. In addition, the strategy created a formal Network membership structure. Under the new strategy, organizations, actors and entities will have the opportunity to become either a member or supporter, each guided by their own criteria. As the strategy is to be implemented beginning in 2020, AGM participants utilized the second day of the meeting to discuss and develop implementation plans for the upcoming year.
Towards a Network Strategy
The need for a Network strategy was identified during the 2018 AGM in Stockholm. In early 2019, a Steering Committee was convened to guide the strategic process. The Committee was selected to include a cross-section of perspectives and experiences and comprised of members from the Secretariat, Core Group and Advisory Group.
In spring 2019, a Briefing Book was developed detailing Network activities and projects since its inception. Data in the book was collected from: Developmental Performance Evaluation of the Network, commissioned by the MFA Finland, “Network Strategic Planning Input Survey,” meeting reports from past Advisory Group Meetings and the Network’s 2019 Resources Mobilization Plan. A spring 2019 AGM was held in London to review the briefing book and further discuss Network priorities with members and partners. The inputs from the Advisory Group Meeting was used to inform and direct the drafting of the Strategy.
Over the summer and early fall, the Steering Committee collaboratively drafted the Strategy. In mid-October, a draft strategy was sent to all members and partners of the Network to solicit feedback. After two weeks of receiving feedback, the inputs were integrated into the draft strategy and sent to members and partners for final endorsement during the AGM in Jakarta.
19 November 2019