Welcome to the KAICIID Peace Map

The Peace Mapping Programme aims to:

  • display the breadth of interreligious dialogue (IRD) activities promoted by international organisations;
  • analyze the many ways its practitioners engage in interreligious and intercultural understanding, and promote peacebuilding, either directly or indirectly;
  • describe interreligious dialogue activities in the context of, and in relation to vulnerability and stabilizing factors;
  • provide a website that can network practitioners of interreligious dialogue;
  • become a central part of the KAICIID knowledge hub on interreligious dialogue by broadening users’ knowledge about dialogue initiatives and actors around the world, as well as the complex ways in which IRD relates to contemporary human challenges.

In its first phase, the Peace Mapping Programme:

  • locates over 400 organisations active internationally in the promotion of interreligious dialogue through concrete action in its Interreligious Dialogue Directory;
  • presents, via an interactive world map, an overview of these organisations;
  • explores the historical development of these organisations through its Timeline;
  • promotes understanding of the complex environment in which these organisations operate (see Peace Factors);
  • explores the diversity of threats facing our global community through its Thematic Maps;

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About the IRD Directory

The Interreligious Dialogue Directory (IRD Directory), is an interactive tool that you can use to locate and understand organisations active in the field of interreligious dialogue (IRD) worldwide. Currently, you can search for organisations engaged in IRD activities with international outreach. Organisations included in the IRD Directory fulfill the following criteria:

  • they have at least one activity or programme they label as ‘interreligious’ or ‘interfaith’;
  • they have offices in more than one country; or activities and programmes in more than one country; or more than one founding country;
  • they have a live website functioning in one or more of the following languages: Arabic, Chinese/Mandarin, English, French, German, Hindi, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish.

By focusing on organisations with international outreach and websites in these major languages, we have endeavored to cover, as extensively as possible, organisations involved in IRD activities worldwide. This is still only the tip of the iceberg: we will broaden this scope in the future, to cover national, sub-national, and grassroots levels through selected case studies.

Learn more about how this data was collected. IRD Directory: Data Collection Report.

You can explore the IRD Directory in different ways:

  • find organisations by name, location, keyword, or type of activities via the interactive map, the timeline or the search function;
  • find organisations by the type of activities they are engaged in, via the tabs Areas of Action and/or Forms of Action;
  • display your search results in the map or
  • view your selection in a list that appears over the map;
  • export the information in an Excel spreadsheet.

Explore the IRD Directory

Zoom in and out of the map to find offices of the organisations involved in IRD activities internationally in your region of interest.

Click on the dots representing the offices of the organisations in the Directory to learn more about them and their activities. Learn in which countries they have their IRD activities (countries in focus will turn green).

Click on countries of interest and find out which organisations are working on IRD there. Download the search results.

Find the headquarters and secondary offices of the organisations in the Directory by following the connecting lines to find where their secondary offices are (a star-like shape around a dot represents a secondary office).

Learn about the type of organisations through the legend in the lower left-hand side of your screen.

Search the IRD Directory via the search function

Enter a keyword into the search field at the top left-hand side of the screen. The results of the search will allow you to view or download the organisations in the Directory linked to this keyword (fulltext search).

You can make specific queries by introducing a field name to your search, e.g.:

  • headquarter: Vienna for organisations with an HQ in Vienna.
  • location: India for organisations with an office in India.
  • foundation: 2002 for organisations founded in 2002.

The following fields are available in the search box:

name, headquarter, location, aim, website, foundation, definition, structure, events, publications, focus_activity, religious_affiliation, finances, history, activities, keywords.

Search the IRD Directory via Areas of Action and/or Forms of Action

Explore the organisations in the Directory by clicking on the tabs Areas of Action and/or Forms of Action. You can also select more than one sub-category at a time, to refine your search. You can download your search results.

To view and download a list of all the organisations in the IRD Directory, click on “List”.

IRD Directory Editorial Note

The data collected in the IRD Directory originate from the organisations themselves, from their public websites. Over the past eighteen months, the PMP team have searched the web or contacted the organisations directly to collect this information. If other sources have been used to complement the information from the organisations’ websites, they are cited under “Additional sources”. The editorial intent is not to provide a “judgement” or “definition” of an organisation, or of their use of the term ‘interreligious’ or ‘interfaith’, or equivalents in other languages. Priority is given to providing a profile in the words of the organisation itself. The information in the IRD Directory does not necessarily represent the opinions of KAICIID. The information is at no time considered complete; rather it reflects a “work in progress”.

To accommodate the wishes of all organisations regarding the respective categories of information, the editors have, where necessary, adjusted the wording of the entry to respect such concerns without eliminating entries in the editorial process.

IRD Directory content descriptions will:

Always include:

  • Organisation’s name in English
  • Main address
  • Focus of activities
  • Website address
  • Email address
  • Type of organisation
  • Religious affiliation
  • Language(s)
  • Aim
  • Understanding of interreligious dialogue
  • Interreligious dialogue activities
  • Location of interreligious dialogue activities
  • Keywords
  • Last update

May include:

  • Bearer of legal status of entry
  • Organisation’s name(s) in other languages than English
  • Previous official name(s)
  • Acronym
  • Secondary addresses
  • Structure
  • Staff
  • Financing
  • History
  • Year of foundation
  • Activities
  • Relations with international organisations and institutions
  • Relations with other organisations and institutions
  • Events
  • Publications

About the data collection

Download the IRD Directory Report: Methodology and Data Collection.

Terms of use and reproduction

You are free to use and reproduce any part of the Peace Mapping Programme, provided you acknowledge its source appropriately: KAICIID Peace Mapping Programme (2015).

Areas of Action

Search the Interreligious Dialogue Directory (IRD Directory) by Areas of Action.

Select one or more Areas of Actions according to your interest to view the IRD organisations that carry out programmes and activities in those areas. Combine your selection of Areas of Actions with concrete Forms of Action to further refine your query. Download the results of your search.

The “Areas of Action” refer to assigned keywords developed by the KAICIID PMP team. Their choice is based on the information on activities and programmes provided by the organisations themselves. An organisation may be involved in more than one Area of Action and may also be engaged in areas of actions that are not listed here.

Forms of Action

Search the Interreligious Dialogue Directory (IRD Directory) by Forms of Action.

Select one or more Forms of Action according to your interest to view the IRD organisations that carry out programmes and activities in those fields. Combine selected Forms of Actions with a search for Areas of Action to refine your query further. Download the results of your search.

The “Forms of Action” refer to assigned keywords developed by the KAICIID PMP team that capture means through which the organisations achieve their goals. Their choice is based on the information of activities and programmes provided by the organisations themselves. An organisation may be involved in more than one Form of Action and may also be engaged in types of activities that are not listed here.

Learn more about the methodology: Download the IRD Directory Report: Methodology and Data Collection.

Use the menu to limit your search to certain types of organisations.

Search interreligious dialogue (IRD) activities in context.

Get beyond the IRD Directory to learn about complex fragilities around the world through the Human Development Index (HDI). Superimpose your selection of IRD organisations over the HDI map to better understand the world in which IRD activities are taking place.

Explore the diverse threats, and complex challenges to peace that face the global community today, and the efforts to mitigate these problems through dialogue, via the Thematic Maps.

About the Human Development Index (HDI)

The Human Development Index (HDI) is a summary measure of average achievement in key dimensions of human development: a long and healthy life, being knowledgeable and having a decent standard of living. The HDI is the geometric mean of normalized indices for each of the three dimensions.

Data source: UN Human Development Reports, reproduced according to terms of use.

Further displays of indicators are in preparation.

Further displays of indicators are in preparation.

Dialogue Voices

The Dialogue Voices are personal accounts of interreligious commitment and experience. They show approaches to, and forms of, interreligious dialogue, and its impact and context on a local, national, or global level. They represent a mosaic of the power of dialogue worldwide.

The Dialogue Voices interviews result from an ongoing collaboration between the KAICIID PMP team and the Coexister Interfaith Tour. The interviews were conducted on five continents, in 36 different countries, by five young French interreligious dialogue activists whose one-year journey introduced them to hundreds of practitioners of interreligious dialogue. The selected interviews included in the Dialogue Voices demonstrate the passion, experiences, and motivations of some of these practitioners.

The Dialogue Voices are listed geographically and have been clustered according to continents based on the location of the interviews.

Editorial note

These videos were produced by the ‘Interfaith Tour by Spark News with Coexister’ in the framework of the Interfaith Tour 2014 co-funded by KAICIID.

We encourage media and non-profit organisations to republish the materials on the KAICIID website and request in exchange due attribution. The views expressed in the articles, videos, publications and other materials published on the KAICIID website do not necessarily reflect KAICIID’s official policies.

Go beyond the information included in the Interreligious Dialogue (IRD) Directory and explore the context in which the IRD organisations operate. Our Thematic Maps, exclusively developed for the Peace Mapping Programme, provide an overview of key elements that underpin or undermine peaceful coexistence, global resilience and stability. They highlight humanitarian, geopolitical, and social issues within countries in a global perspective. The maps synthesize data from diverse sources and highlight global trends.

Learn more about the trends depicted and read the short descriptions below the maps.

About the types of organisations

The IRD Directory lists the following types of organisations:

Use the menu to limit your search to certain types of organisations.

About the map projection

The choice of a map projection is always a choice that prioritizes some criteria over others. The map projection used in the Peace Mapping Programme keeps proportional the size and angles of the continental masses (but not the oceans). It differs from more common map projections that do not proportionally display the continents’ relationships and sizes to each other.

This map’s projection is based on Jacques Bertin’s works from 1953. Bertin writes: “By concentrating the deformations of the Earth’s sphere in the Oceans, this projection allows the continents to be almost equivalent [preserving the surfaces] and conformal [preserving the angles].” The map still possesses a North and a South; at the same time, we see that North America is facing Russia, and the strategic importance of the Artic region is restored.

Jacques Bertin, Sémiologie graphique, Paris, Mouton/Gauthier-Villars (1965).

The Team

Patrice Brodeur is Director of Research at the KAICIID Dialogue Centre as well as Canada Research Chair on Islam, Pluralism and Globalization at the University of Montreal in Canada. As the conceptualizer of the PMP, Patrice participates in its leadership team. Patrice is a scholar of Abrahamic religions and trainer in interreligious dialogue for peacebuilding. He received his Ph.D. (Religious Studies) from Harvard University. He has studied at McGill University (BA and MA) as well as at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the University of Jordan in Amman. He was also Rockefeller Fellow for one year at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at Notre Dame University in the USA. Patrice can be reached at: patrice.brodeur [at] kaiciid.org

Karsten Lehmann is coordinating the Peace Mapping Programme with a specific focus on the qualitative analyses linked to the Case Studies as well as the Dialogue Voices. He is a sociologist as well as scholar of religions. He received his Ph.D. (Sociology) from the University of Tübingen and his Habilitation (Academic Study of Religions) from the University of Bayreuth. Karsten is an expert in qualitative research methods, the contributions of international religious NGOs as well as the ways to deal with present-day religious pluralism in Europe. At the moment, Karsten works as Head of Social Sciences and Statistics in the Research Department at KAICIID.

Jana Vobecká is responsible for the data collection of the Interreligious Dialogue Directory, for the coordination of the website content and the quantitative analyses. Jana is a researcher with focus on demography, sociology, and social geography using quantitative as well as qualitative research techniques. In her previous engagements in research centres in the Czech Republic, France, Hungary and Austria she focused inter alia on spatial population dynamics and its effects on social inequalities, local governance, population policies and historical demography. She holds a PhD in demography from the Charles University in Prague and University of Burgundy in Dijon. Her first book "Demographic Avant-Garde, Jews in Bohemia between the Enlightenment and the Shoah" has been published in 2013. Jana can be reached at: jana.vobecka [at] kaiciid.org.

Marlen Rabl is working closely with several external partners on the Dialogue Voices, Promising Practices as well as further data gathering of the Peace Mapping Programme on the regional level. She has been trained in the Study of Religions, International Relations as well as Sociology of Religion in Germany, France, and England. Her interests focus on the potential role of religions in diplomatic endeavors and female agency within religious traditions. Marlen can be reached at: marlen.rabl [at] kaiciid.org.

Collaborators: Numerous persons contributed to the Peace Mapping Project. Here we acknowledge those without whom its realization would not be possible: Carmen Toth-Pickl, Hassan Guechoul, Katerina Khareyn, Rima Aldoukhi, Claire Cheng, Daniel Jusdado, Bisan Liftawi, Noëlle Papay, Philippe Rivière, Philippe Rekacewicz, Štefan Emrich, Jayaraj Manepalli, Tamim Abaza and Chris Perry.

Partners of the Peace Mapping Programme are:

  • International Peace Institute / IPI
  • Coexister
  • Harvard Pluralism Project

Terms of use

Disclaimer: The material published on this website is for informational purposes only. While reasonable efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of the material published on this website, KAICIID makes no warranties or representations as to its accuracy, completeness, reliability, suitability, currency or comprehensiveness and assumes no liability or responsibility for any error or omission and/or for any loss, damage, liability or expense arising in connection with or attributable to any action or decision taken as a result of using or relying on the material of this website. The analyses presented in this section are those of the respective organisations, and do not necessarily represent the views of KAICIID.

Copyright and terms of reproduction

The use and reproduction of any visualized and displayed output of the Peace Mapping Programme is free under the condition of appropriate acknowledgement of the source: KAICIID Peace Mapping Programme (2015). All code and backend structure underlying the visualization and display of the Peace Mapping Project are property of KAICIID and its partners as contractually determined and may not be reproduced without explicit consent of KAICIID.

The detailed map is using Leaflet and CartoDB; geographical data © OpenStreetMap contributors.

Search Tips

By default this search engine lists all organisations that match a full-text query, beginning with those which have a matching name or location.

After typing your query, hit the return key to display the list of results; it will then update in real time.

You can make specific queries by introducing a field name to your search, e.g.:

  • headquarter: Vienna for organisations with an HQ in Vienna.
  • location: India for organisations with an office in India.
  • foundation: 2002 for organisations founded in 2002.

The following fields are available in the search box:

name, headquarter, location, aim, website, foundation, definition, structure, events, publications, focus_activity, religious_affiliation, finances, history, activities, keywords.

Contact and Comments

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International IRD Directory

International Directory displays the breadth of interreligious dialogue (IRD) activities promoted by international organisations. You can search for organisatuons engaged in IRD activities with international outreach. Learn more about the IRD Directory.

National IRD Directory

National Directory displays the breadth of interreligious dialogue (IRD) activities promoted by national organisations. Following the KAICIID Strategic Framework, the national Directory is currently gathering data on four conflict situations for the following focus areas:

Sub-Saharan Africa, with a particular focus on Nigeria and Central African Republic South-East Asia, with particular focus on Myanmar.