Faith-based actors, organizations, and communities play an influential role in every region of the world and on nearly every issue central to American foreign policy. These areas include promoting democratic values, protecting the environment, maintaining global health security, and more.
The U.S. Department of State seeks to strengthen, expand, and diversify partnerships with faith-based actors – both domestic and international – to advance shared objectives in U.S. foreign policy and deliver for the American people. We believe that effective foreign policy benefits from consideration of the views and insights of faith-based actors representing diverse communities around the world.
The Office of International Religious Freedom leads the Department’s effort to ensure equitable and meaningful inclusion of faith actors as an essential part of our broader engagement with civil society around the world. We are guided by the National Security Strategy, which calls for the U.S. government to expand its engagement with stakeholders and build its capacity to partner with civil society.
We regularly partner with faith-based actors on a range of shared goals and we build the capacity of foreign policy practitioners across the U.S government to do the same. We also stand ready to advise U.S. faith-based organizations on how to connect with the U.S. Department of State on foreign policy topics.