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From April 2020 to October 2021, the GNRC Secretariat carried out an extensive assessment of the Network. The assessment sought, through a participatory process, to reinvigorate and strengthen the GNRC, while building on its 20 years of extensive interfaith collaboration in shaping and advocating for a better world for children.

The assessment exercise involved in-depth interviews with members of the GNRC, religious leaders, partners, children, as well as directors and staff of Arigatou International. It also involved an online survey, questionnaires and desk review. Interviewees and respondents came from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and North America regions.

The assessment was based on three broad categories designed to bring out the key elements, successes, gaps, and challenges faced by the GNRC. These categories were: GNRC Network and Connectivity; GNRC Network “Health” and Capacity; and GNRC Network Results and Significance.

The assessment was a success, revealing the GNRC network as a diverse, multi-religious and multi-cultural platform. An open and flexible network, GNRC comprises 1,200 organizations and individual members spread (numbers that have since risen) over seventy-five countries around the world. Sixty-one of these countries had organized GNRC networks led by sixty-one coordinators and contact persons.

Read 20 Years of Interfaith Cooperation for Children: A Comprehensive Assessment of the Global Network of Religions for Children

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