Who We Are

Enhancing Faith Institutions (EFI) is a non-theological consultancy working to meet the needs of faith-based communities in Europe. We work in a culturally sensitive, multidisciplinary way to provide research, training, advice, and guidance to support and influence the challenges faced by these communities. A key area of focus is developing institutional governance, training, improving strategic choices, and developing effective communication strategies.

EFI recognizes the key roles places of worship play in providing guidance. We also recognize the difficulties that are faced by Faith Leaders and other key members of community institutions when providing guidance, sound thinking and educational experiences. EFI through our years of experience and work, are equipped to engage and understand the requirements of key stakeholder weather at Governmental levels or communities on the ground. With our diverse team in terms of expertise and locations (across Europe) we have the base and capacity to develop the capacity of religious institutions and communities.

Working with agencies that are concerned with business, education, and government at local, regional, national, and international levels have enabled us to identify the misconceptions that face faith-based communities have and to work towards challenging these. Our work has focused on the greater inclusion of all members of faith-based communities and we are working towards increasing the confidence and skills of women and young people.

EFI is based in Dublin, Ireland but our team are spread across Europe: in France, Germany, Belgium, and Switzerland to name a few. We are flexible and easily able to work on the ground with our target communities and institutions, as well as other partners. We are dedicated to ensuring faith-based communities can practise their religion in freedom AND can contribute positively to the societies in which they live.

WHAT WE DO

We do this through:

  • provision of technical assistance
  • strategic guidance
  • training
  • development of resources
  • conduct of research
  • promotion of engagement
  • awareness-raising.

HOW WE WORK

Through our European work and engagements, we have successfully trained over 2000 faith leaders and engaged over 1000 Places of Worship focusing on capacity building and governance of religious sites. The networks we have established across faiths have enabled us to successfully deliver a range of activities across Europe, for example, we have set up the first of its kind Muslim European Empowerment Programme (MEET). This initiative to promote intra-faith and interfaith dialogue, building capacity of key stakeholders to address the challenges facing Muslims in Europe and to celebrate the achievements and contributions being made to European life.

While the focus of our work is at local level – with communities and faith-based institutions – we carry this out as part of a much wider national and European vision. Partnership is integral to our approach. We engage with partners at all levels: local, national, regional and international. Our European partners include:

  • faith-based communities and institutions
  • local authorities
  • law enforcement
  • civil society groups
  • social media companies
  • national governments
  • multilateral bodies
  • international organisations.

WHERE WE WORK

We have a global footprint in which Europe is a major hub of our activities: we are operating in major European countries including France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Hungary, Austria, Italy and Spain. However, we also have projects in North America, Africa, the Middle East and Australia in which we have taken best practices, tools and techniques into our European engagements.

GLOBAL TEAM. WORLD CLASS RESULTS

“We have worked with EFI for a number of years, our partnership has evolved, their work is one of a kind and are a force for positive change in this field across the world.”

OUR PARTNERS AND ASSOCIATES