Given the intrinsic link between human rights and peacebuilding, faith-based actors have a unique opportunity to support human rights to create partnerships for peace. This four-week facilitated online course uses the peer-to-peer learning methodology of the #Faith4Rights Toolkit for religious, faith-based, and belief actors, policymakers, and practitioners to explore these links. It is intended to serve as a practical guide for protecting and promoting human rights to prevent, manage, and resolve violent conflict. USIP will be joined by the UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR), Religions for Peace, and the University for Peace in the facilitation of this course. Those enrolled can earn a certification of participation upon completing the course.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe why, and how, thoughtful religious engagement can be important to advancing peacebuilding and human rights objectives. 
  • Understand how human rights are intrinsic to peace and conflict, and how and why human rights and peacebuilding practitioners can effectively partner.  
  • Appreciate the significance of religion, beliefs, and values in leveraging the protection of universal human rights to reduce the risk of violent conflict. 
  • Recognize, through examples, how religious peacebuilding approaches can inform the advancement of human rights.  
  • Consider opportunities to build the capacities of religious actors to support their engagement in peacebuilding and human rights through a do-no-harm approach.  
  • Identify approaches and tools that can lead to more effective engagement of religious actors in human rights and peacebuilding.

Instructor-led Delivery

USIP’s new instructor-led format blends a self-paced curriculum with weekly live, interactive webinars. Enrolled participants will join a group of fellow learners from around the world. Each week will feature a new lesson that includes a real-world case study, a skills-building exercise, and small group discussions. A new course is offered each month and is four weeks in duration. The course is open to the public and is free of charge. Certificates of participation are awarded at the conclusion of the course.


  • Weekly Self-Paced Curriculum: Learn at your own pace and schedule through carefully curated self-guided curriculum and instructional videos.
  • Weekly Live Webinars: Every week, a USIP expert or guest lecturer will host a country case study, a facilitated exercise, and small group discussions.
  • Group-Based: Join and learn alongside other participants from around the world. 
  • Practical Case Studies: Develop skills through real-world exercises and small group discussions.
  • Certificates: Receive a certificate of participation at the conclusion of a course.


Join USIP’s Religion and Inclusive Societies program, the UN-OHCHR, Religions for Peace, and the University for Peace for four weeks of live instructor-led webinars covering the following topics:

April 25, 2024 - Introduction to Religions, Beliefs, Human Rights, and Peacebuilding – U.S. Institute of Peace, 9:00am - 10:15am EDT

May 2, 2024 - Religious Contributions (and Impediments) to Human Rights and Peace – Religions for Peace, 9:00am - 10:15am EDT

May 9, 2024 - Contextualizing a “Faith for Rights” Approach: Lessons Learned and Future Opportunities - University for Peace, 9:00am - 10:15am EDT

May 16, 2024 - “Faith for Rights” in Practice – ­United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, 9:00am - 10:15am EDT