AnwarKhanALEXANDRIA, VA, July 6, 2015 — Islamic Relief USA, a nonprofit charity providing humanitarian aid in more than three dozen countries including the United States, will be a co sponsor of and speaker at the World Bank Conference in DC this week, where faith leaders and international policy makers will collaborate to end extreme poverty.

The Religion and Sustainable Development Conference, will bring 130 international development policy makers, leaders of faith-based organizations, and scholars together to discuss collaboration between governments and faith-based organizations, and to frame actionable recommendations for strengthening partnerships.

The conference aims to:

  • Connect frontline policy makers to knowledge, experience, research, methods, and expert relationships in order to support more effective partnerships with religious and faith-based groups in the common cause of ending extreme poverty and promoting sustainable development.
  • Develop specific recommendations for action to strengthen effective partnerships between religious and faith-based groups and the public sector.
  • Obtain leadership commitments to follow-on activities and discuss specific next steps.

The conference is organized by the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities in close collaboration with the World Bank Group Faith Initiative and co-hosted by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development implemented by Gesellscheft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, the World Bank Group, the United States Agency for International Development, the United Kingdom Department for International Development, the GHR Foundation, and World Vision. It is co-sponsored by Catholic Medical Mission Board, Catholic Relief Services, Islamic Relief USA, Tearfund, and the American Jewish World Service, with in-kind contributions from IMA World Health and McKinsey and Company.

See more about the conference at www.rsdconference2015.org and about attendees and supporting information here.

What: Religion and Sustainable Development Conference

When: July 7-9 , 2015

Where: Preston Auditorium, World Bank Group Headquarters, 1818 H St. NW, Washington, DC

Media Contact: media@irusa.org or 703-370-7202

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Islamic Relief USA, based in Alexandria, Va., is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) humanitarian organization. Its mission is to alleviate suffering, hunger, illiteracy and disease regardless of color, race, gender or creed, and to provide aid in a compassionate and dignified manner. Islamic Relief USA aims to provide rapid relief in the event of human and natural disasters and to establish sustainable local development projects, allowing communities to better help themselves. Its programs benefit millions of people each year around the world, including in the United States.

Islamic Relief USA meets all of the Standards for Charity Accountability of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, a national charity monitoring group affiliated with the Better Business Bureau system. Islamic Relief USA is on the U.S. government’s Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) charity list, and it is also a signatory to the code of conduct of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.