International research council for ReligiousAffairs (IRCRA) is a non-governmental and non-profit organization dedicated toprevent, mitigate and transform inter and intra-religious, ethnic and socialconflicts in Pakistan through education and community engagements mechanisms.IRCRA promotes democratic pluralism, democratic values, tolerance, and peacethrough capacity-building programs. The organization engages governmentofficials, religious leaders/scholars, media and political leaders and civilsociety actors to play a critical role in conflict resolutions and to effectivelycounter inappropriate use of religion. Through itscapacity-building and community engagement programs, IRCRA has trained morethan 7000 local religious actors, community leaders including editors ofreligious magazines, madrasah teachers, mosque imams, and inter &intra-faith leaders. These editors of religious magazines in turnwrote/published more than 150 articles supporting the polio vaccinationcampaigns across the country. In addition, with IRCRA efforts, more than 100fatwas and video messages were recorded and published by top religious’ leadersof the country in support of polio campaigns across the country.
IRCRA workshop alumni have initiated numerous interventions within their communities to counter extremist narratives, developed tolerance building programs, supportedmosques and madrassa enhancement initiatives. IRCRA strategies and implementedprograms helped promote social harmony and to invoke society toprotect our vulnerable communities from extremist violence in some of theconflict-affected areas in Pakistan.