Dec 10-11

Co-organised by UNICEF’s Europe and Central Asia Regional Office (ECARO), World Council of Churches (WCC), the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities (JLI), and the European Council of Religious Leaders-Religions for Peace, in collaboration with Islamic Relief Worldwide, A World of Neighbours, Lutheran World Federation and World Vision International.

More than 1 in 4 migrants and refugees arriving in Europe are children.

JLI supported the conference as the knowledge partner, preparing a background paper, three case studies highlighting the work of the Ecumenical Humanitarian Organisation in Serbia, Apostoli in Greece and the Central Council of Muslims in Germany, and a draft action plan.


Conference Summary

The two-day conference started with welcome messages from Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director, Afshan Khan, UNICEF Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia (ECA) and Special Coordinator for the Refugee and Migrant Response in Europe, Monsignor Robert Vitillo, Secretary-General of the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) and M.Sc. Nermin Botonjić, Secretary of the Mesihat of Islamic Community in Croatia.

Imam Yahya Pallavicini, President of CO.RE.IS. (Islamic Religious Community of Italy), José Ignacio García SJ, Regional Director at Jesuit Refugee Services Europe and Elina Sarantou, Programs Manager at HIAS Greece offered further opening reflections from the perspective of faith actors.


Susanna Trotta, JLI Research Associate, and Dr Olivia Wilkinson JLI Director of Research presented the situation in for children on the move, impact of COVID-19, faith activities in the region and challenges and opportunities.


Over the course of the two days, over 150 participants split into three separate sessions to discuss the roles of faith actors in three thematic areas: Strengthening the Continuum of Protection for Children on the Move; Building peaceful societies and combating xenophobia; and Policy and advocacy. The sessions were facilitated by representatives of FBOs and UNICEF ECARO. These featured a case study presentation, a panel discussion and group work to share promising practice and jointly develop the draft action plan.


The conference included messages from Maria Khoshy, an Afghan refugee, and David Joseph Belaire, a refugee from Nigeria, who stressed the importance of unconditional support to children on the move, regardless of their religious affiliation and called for a platform for youth on the move to share their experiences.

Youth representatives Lejla Hasandedic-Dapo and Emina Frljak from Serbia and Herzegovina took an active part in the sessions and panel discussions. In particular, Emina Frliak highlighted the importance of using “religious language” and not only “humanitarian” or “development language”, and “to use one’s privilege to help and not to hurt.”


Concluding remarks from Philippe Cori, UNICEF Deputy Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia. He highlighted the importance of strengthening collaboration between UNICEF and faith actors for Children On the Move in Europe and Central Asia in the coming years.


JLI looks forward to the next steps of the “From Faith to Action” initiative after the conference.

Jean Duff, JLI Strategic Advisor, noted that “Migrant children are a blessing and an opportunity for Europe” and six points of action:

  1. Continue to strengthen the evidence base about faith groups’ activities relating to Children On the Move
  2. Organize the evidence for advocacy to key target audiences to support efforts to change the narrative of fear and threat on migrants and refugees and the dire needs of children
  3. Learn about and follow principles of effective partnership with faith groups
  4. Continue to strengthen the community of support among FBOs working on the front lines, especially in xenophobic situations
  5. Build on the UNICEF commitment to internal and external advocacy. There is the opportunity to support to UNICEF ECAR country offices in faith literacy and faith engagement for Children On the Move, and in resourcing partnerships with local faith actors
  6. 2021 follow up: a joint action plan between faith actors who took part in the conference and their networks and UNICEF


View press release here

View Faith and Positive Change Initiative here

Taking Action Together for Children in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

Greatly concerned by the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the lives of children around the world, we, the participants of the Global Week of Faith in Action for Children, have issued this Statement.

We are children, young people and religious leaders from more than 53 countries, who, together with representatives of the United Nations, international, national and grassroots organizations, and diverse experts, gathered November 16-20, 2020 for the online Global Week of Faith in Action for Children organized by Arigatou International and partners.

Children and the COVID-19 pandemic

Children of all ages have been among the most vulnerable to the damage and disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, which has exacerbated the challenges that prevent children, especially those most vulnerable, from enjoying their rights. Children themselves tell us – and research confirms – that they are suffering grievously from the loss of family members to the pandemic, a serious disruption of school life, an alarming increase in various forms of violence against them, a noticeable deepening  of  poverty, the devastating  impact the pandemic is having on the adults in their lives, as well as the divisive and, at times, competing narratives and misleading information about how to stay safe during the pandemic.

Children who were already disadvantaged by poverty and more vulnerable are being affected even more gravely, and their very development and even survival are threatened. Many experts predict that the Covid-19 pandemic will have a variety of long-term impacts with lasting negative consequences for their mental health, socio-emotional growth, and spiritual well-being. In particular, we are concerned that the spiritual well-being of children is not often considered in education, psycho-social support or social protection programs.

Children are the priceless treasure of humanity and the inheritors of the earth. The potentially irreversible damage to children’s lives we are witnessing is not only unacceptable in and of itself; it also puts the future of humanity at greater risk. Yet, sadly, children continue to remain largely invisible and absent in the global community’s responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We also wholeheartedly affirm that children have a unique and essential role to play, during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, in building a  better  world – a world where the human dignity of each and every person is recognized and respected. To this end, it is imperative

that we all work together in solidarity to transform the divisions, inequities and injustices in all of our societies.

Children’s Proposals

We, the children and young people who participated in this Global Week, have shared our ideas and insights, helping to shape this Statement. The following summarizes many of our proposals:

  • Listen with an open heart to us, talk with, support and motivate us in these challenging times.
  • Create ways to continue to stay in contact with us despite the disruptions, be creative to ensure that none of us feels isolated or unsupported, even if we cannot connect using technology.
  • Help us to find coping mechanisms, and find ways to foster our imagination and creativity even during the lockdown.
  • Since many of our brothers and sisters have no access to daily nutritious meals, support the most vulnerable families, including with financial support and nutrition.
  • Support parents and caregivers so they can cope with the “new normal,” so they can better help us. We know that parents want to support us, but sometimes they do not know how.
  • Make more opportunities for dialogue with parents, but also within faith communities and schools. As children, we look up to adults and would like to share our feelings, fears and dreams with them, but there is a need to improve communication .
  • Let us explore the world peacefully because we are born to explore. While exploring the world we children can know what is wrong and what is right.
  • Provide access to education to all children, without discrimination of race or ethnicity.
  • Education must teach us to be good people and teach us about faith.
  • Provide support to children victims of violence.
  • Offer support for distance learning, particularly for those who do not have computers or internet at home.

Joint Commitment to Action

Informed by the children’s proposals and our extensive dialogue over the past five days of the Global Week, we share a compelling determination to  rise to  the  challenge of our times – to meet the ethical obligation to embrace solidarity, work together as one, and honor our innate interdependence and interconnectedness as human beings in all that we do. Toward this end, we, children, young people and religious leaders from more than 53 countries, who, together with representatives of the  United Nations, international, national and grassroots organizations, and diverse experts, have agreed upon a set of collective actions.

We pledge to redefine the term, “new normal.” We will not yield to a pandemic-driven existence of isolation, deprivation, and disease. Instead, we will seize the opportunity provided by this crisis to promote the fundamental changes needed to ensure that each and every child – no matter their socio-economic status, gender, ethnicity, religious background, or other factor – can grow and fully develop by helping to shape a more compassionate, just and sustainable world.

We collectively commit to the following actions:
  1. Fulfill the Panama Commitments on Ending Violence Against Ch11dren, which consist of a set of 10 promises made by diverse religious leaders, children and young people, and representatives of civil society and faith-based organizations, at the Fifth Forum of the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) held in Panama City in 2017.
  2. Jointly implement evidence-based strategies to address the multidimensional impact of COVID-19 on children, thereby contributing to economic strengthening, supporting parents and caregivers, challenging harmful norms condoning violence against children and strengthening those that affirm children’s dignity and advance child sensitive social protection .
  3. Promote child participation in all decisions that impact children and work hand in hand with them to create spaces and opportunities for joint solutions for the issues that affect them, focusing on areas of education including nurturing spirituality, prevention of violence against children and ending child poverty.
  4. Be accountable to children in the implementation of our joint actions.
  5. Listen to the advice of scientific and health experts to ensure that we share accurate health information on how to keep people safe, address religious and faith-related concerns, and promote the safety and protection of children and our communities.
  6. Strengthen collaboration and coalition-building at the local level among religious communities and among FBOs, CSOs, multilateral organizations and grassroots and religious communities.
Endorsed by:
  • Arigatou International
  • Global Partnership to End Violence Against
  • Children Guerrand-Hermes Foundation for Peace
  • International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID)
  • International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB)
  • Islamic Relief Worldwide
  • Norwegian Church Aid
  • Parliament of World’s Religions
  • Pastoral da Crianca
  • Religions for Peace
  • Scholas Occurrentes
  • Shanti Ashram
  • World Council of Churches
  • World Vision International
Joined by: 
  • Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children (SRSGNAC)
  • Joint Learning Initiative On Faith And Local Communities (JLI)
  • World Bank Group

Download the Statement on Faith in Action for Children

Faith-sensitive Psychosocial Response, Religious Responses to COVID-19, The Role of Faith Communities in Ending Violence Against Children and Bridge Builders: Strengthening the role of local faith actors in humanitarian response



Stellenbosch University – The Unit for Religion and Development Research

The URDR, in partnership with Ekklesia, is hosting a series of webinars for local faith leaders entitled ‘Healthy Households’. Each webinar will deal with a different topic relevant to the challenges that development practitioners and religious leaders are facing during the COVID 19 pandemic. They all focus on the South African context.

“Child Protection, Faith Communities and COVID-19” was the third webinar in the series held on Wednesday 5th August 2020 at 1-2.30pm SAST. Expert speakers included the newly appointed Western Cape Commissioner for Children  –  Ms Christina Nomdo, the director of community based organisation Arise Family SA  – Danielle Moosajie, and the URDR’s academic expert on Ending Violence against Children and Faith – Dr Selina Palm.  PDFs of their individual presentation slides are also available by clicking on their above names.

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A Statement from the Staff:  

It’s in our name! We stand for joint learning, understanding faith-based approaches, and local communities. JLI works with people around the world to learn about and share information (positive and negative) on the impact of faith groups in local communities and to support local leadership for positive change. True solidarity with local leaders requires us to be actively anti-racist and to operate in ways that affirm the need for equity and justice. The admirable aim to localize humanitarian and development work is defeated because we continuously fail to cede power to local partners. We support our staff members who are participating in the #BlackLivesMatter movement and assert that the lives of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, and all black women, men, girls, and boys, whose lives have been cut short through racism, matter.

Racial justice and decolonizing development are among the topics we reflect on and study in our work.  But now, joining the growing response to the injustice of systemic racism so painfully demonstrated, we commit to re-examining our way of working, to be explicit about the changes we aspire to make, and to holding ourselves to account. Acknowledging that we are participants, not observers, in oppressive systems, we want to do our part to end systemic racism in the US and elsewhere, and to dismantle discriminatory power structures in the humanitarian and development systems in which we operate.

We are based in the US with collaborators around the world. We recognize that our geographic location, backgrounds, networks, language, and a host of other material and immaterial advantages give us the extraordinary privilege and opportunity to support and effect change. In 2017, at the convening of the conference “Localizing Response to Humanitarian Need: The Role of Religious and Faith-Based Actors,” local faith actors shared their experiences of discrimination and exclusion by international actors, frequently white people with decision-making power. At the end of the conference, participants committed to using our privilege to support local and national faith actors by:

  • Sharing and amplifying the evidence of local faith actor contributions to humanitarian response,
  • Building mutual understanding and relationships between international actors and local faith actors,
  • Educating others on the role of local faith actors and advocating for their inclusion.

We affirm now to our national and local partners that we remain committed to these goals, and to strengthen the evidence base in which they are grounded, while also recognizing that there is even more that we can do to achieve them and work in solidarity. We seek to support and amplify the positions of local actors and believe that shifting power to local actors can reverse this course.

We are committed, above all else, to the local leadership of humanitarian and development systems, and to supporting the agency of national and local faith and non-faith actors. As a small staff team we commit to intensifying our ongoing efforts, to make these changes internally, and to hold ourselves to annual account to these standards and aspirations:

  • Advance the evidence-based case to our international humanitarian and development partners for their recognition and inclusion of the agency and leadership of local actors.
  • Counter discriminatory attitudes and practices from international faith and non-faith actors by speaking out when we witness it.
  • Allocate funding specifically for academics and actors from the Global South in all future budgets. Partner with scholars and consultants from the countries where research is taking place through the entirety of the research process from inception to conclusion.
  • Neither convene nor participate in discussions without diverse speakers.
  • Raise up the voices of black researchers, religious leaders, and humanitarian and development practitioners.
  • Ensure that published reports and bibliographies cite an inclusive and diverse representation of scholars.
  • Support further diversification and inclusivity of the JLI Board, Learning Hubs, and research partnerships.
  • Hold regular conversations among the staff team for a review of progress against these commitments, and for critique and questioning.
  • Speak up individually within our circles of professional and personal influence.
  • Encourage all our member organizations and institutions to speak out and make commitments on the topic of racism, decolonization, and full commitment to full localization in the humanitarian and development sectors.

There is no peace without justice. We stand in solidarity with people who are suffering from racial discrimination and commit to working together for a just, peaceful world.

Signed by the JLI Staff, 19 June 2020, (in recognition of Juneteenth in the United States)

Kirsten Laursen Muth, Jean Duff, Olivia Wilkinson, Rima Alshawkani, and Stacy Nam.


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Statements from JLI affiliates (please email us to add your statement):

The Board and staff of JLI are pleased to announce the appointment of Kirsten Laursen Muth as Chief Executive Officer of JLI. We know you will join us in a warm welcome when Kirsten takes office on June 15, 2020. Kirsten has worked with many of our members and looks forward to getting to know and work with all of them.Kirsten L Muth- New JLI CEO

With more than 30 years of international development experience, much of which has been within faith contexts, Kirsten brings a unique set of skills, perspectives, and relationships to lead JLI into the future. Building on what we have already accomplished, under her leadership we hope to hone our strategic direction, grow and develop our organization, strengthen our partnerships, and build new relationships.

Kirsten’s previous positions include: Special Advisor for Leadership Development and Senior Director for International Programs at Episcopal Relief & Development; Deputy Director of Programs at Church World Service; and Deputy Director of Training and Communication Education at Helen Keller International. She has collaborated with multiple UN agencies and has worked with government, non-profit, education, and faith organizations in more than 40 countries. Kirsten holds a Bachelor of Science, Foreign Service from Georgetown University, a Master’s Degree in Social Anthropology and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has also studied textile design at Parson’s School of Design and the School of Visual Arts, and design fabrics. She and her spouse, Mike, live in upstate New York in an antique house with three pets and numerous wild visitors.

Kirsten succeeds Jean Duff, JLI’s founding President, who will continue to serve as Senior Advisor to facilitate a smooth transition for Kirsten and to provide support on specific projects as required.

We are most grateful for the hard work of the CEO Search Committee, chaired by Rick Santos, and for the unanimous endorsement by the JLI Board of its recommendation to appoint Kirsten as CEO.

We are looking forward to beginning this new phase of JLI’s work under Kirsten’s leadership.


Rick Santos and Jean Duff

JLI Board Chair and JLI President


NEW YORK, 7 April 2020 – The COVID-19 pandemic has presented us with an unprecedented global challenge, touching every community in every nation of the world. The pandemic is causing systems of work, education, finance and domestic lives to grind to a halt, affecting nearly every aspect of people’s lives.

As the pandemic continues wreaking unimaginable sickness and increasing death tolls, we are particularly aware of the increased vulnerability of children, families and in particular girls. Children are facing a range of challenges to their health and safety: school closures, high levels of emotional distress, higher risks of violence and increased food insecurity. We are also seeing an increase in the number of orphans and in the incidence of other diseases due to the break in vaccination services. And we are seeing a growing need for financial and material support for households hardest hit by loss of income and resulting strains.

Today, as multitudes prepare for diverse religious observances (including Passover, Easter, Ramadan and Vaisakhi (Vesak) and Ridván), Religions for Peace (RfP) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), are joining forces to launch a global Multi-Religious Faith-in-Action Covid-19 Initiative to raise awareness of the impacts of this pandemic on the world’s youngest citizens.

The Initiative reflects the unique and critical roles played by religious leaders and actor, in influencing values, attitudes, behaviors and actions that affect the development and wellbeing of the world’s children. The  Initiative  will be coordinated by the global partnership on Faith and Positive Change for Children, Families and Communities , which involves Religions for Peace’s Interreligious Councils, including senior leaders of the world’s religious and spiritual traditions – Bahai, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islamic, Jain, Jewish, Sikh, Zoroastrian and Indigenous spirituality. It also includes interfaith youth and women’s networks, in collaboration with the Joint Learning Initiative of Local Faith Communities (JLI) with its membership of International Faith-Based organizations.

This global partnership now commits to strengthening multi-religious action and community mobilization, in countering the COVID-19 pandemic. The global Multi-Religious Faith-in-Action Covid-19 Initiative calls upon all communities across the world, together with governments, UN entities, and broad civil society organisations, to join forces to:


…Faith gatherings, rituals and services in keeping with the RfP-ACT Alliance Statement and WHO Guidance on religious mass gatherings, burials and rituals, to:

Honour international and national health authorities’ guidance on public gatherings, physical distancing and other critical matters of public health related to faith community gatherings, services and rituals such as funerals, marriages and births for the health and safety of religious followers while developing alternative pastoral approaches.


…Heightened focus on hygiene and sanitation in keeping with religious teachings and sacred texts that emphasize cleanliness as an element of holiness.

…Listening, to children and families, through organized spaces for dialogue on-line, through media and where permitted house-to-house, and within small group fora (keeping distance).

…Intergenerational dialogue to give voice to girls, boys together with parents and communities to find solutions to issues surrounding the epidemic.

…Voices of faith and wider community engagement to inform local responses as well as national policy-making and programmes.


…All forms of stigma and discrimination associated with transmission of the disease with active promotion of attitudes and behaviours to uphold the dignity and rights of all people.


…Active engagement of networks of religious communities including faith-based women, and youth, in collaboration with local governance structures, to provide organized voluntary services in:

Spiritual and emotional care and support for parents, children, the elderly and those experiencing disruption and distress in order to provide a source of support, peace, comfort and hope.

Positive age-specific and gender-responsive parenting guidance and support to families in relation to the health, development, protection and social and emotional wellbeing of children and young people, particularly those in low-income families and those most vulnerable and hardest to reach.

Youth-friendly communication and engagement including their support with more systematic use of technology and social media as a connective communication platform for communities during periods of physical distancing and beyond.

We stand united in this global Inter-faith moment of hope and solidarity for the survival, protection and development of our children, families and communities.

Religions for Peace Moderators:

Dr. Vinu Aram
Director, Shanti Ashram
Co-Moderator, Religions for Peace

Rev. Kosho Niwano
President-Designate, Rissho Kosei-Kai
Co-Moderator, Religions for Peace

H.E. Shaykh Abdallah bin Bayyah
President, Forum for Peace in Muslim Societies, Abu Dhabi
Co-Moderator, Religions for Peace

H.E. Metropolitan Emmanuel
Metropolitan of France, Ecumenical Patriarchate
Co-Moderator, Religions for Peace

With the following Religions for Peace Leadership:

Ms. Bani Dugal, Principal Representative to the UN, Bahá’í International Community; Co-President, Religions for Peace

Mr. Homi Gandhi, President, Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America; Co-President, Religions for Peace

The Most Rev. Antje Jackelen, Archbishop of Uppsala, Primate of Sweden, Church of Sweden; Co-President, Religions for Peace

H.E. Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje, Grand Mufti, Uganda; Co-Moderator, African Council of Religious Leaders- Religions for Peace

H.E. John Cardinal Onaiyekan, Archbishop Emeritus of Abuja, Nigeria; Honorary President, Religions for Peace

Ms. Aruna Oswal, Vice President, World Jain Confederation; Co-President, Religions for Peace

Grand-Father Dominique Rankin, Algonquin Hereditary Grand Chief; Co-President, Religions for Peace

Chief Rabbi David Rosen, KSG CBE, International Director of Interreligious Affairs, American Jewish Committee; Co-President, Religions for Peace

Bhai Sahib Mohinder Singh, OBE KSG, Chairman, Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha; Co-President, Religions for Peace



See the press release on the UNICEF website


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In 2019, JLI learning hubs held a number of webinars which sparked conversation, collaborations, and partnerships.

Faith Based Climate Program Webinar #1

Organization: Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities

Published: April 2019

Faith Based Climate Program Webinar #2 

Organization: Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities

Published: May 2019

Faith Based Climate Program Webinar #3 

Organization: Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities

Published: June 2019

Faith Based Climate Program Webinar #4 

Organization: Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities

Published: July 2019


JLI Gender Based Violence: Religion, Gender, and GBV Research Agenda Webinar

Organization: Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities, PaRD SDG 5 Work-stream, & KAICIID

Published: May 2019

Gender Based Violence: Gender Justice Webinar 

Organization: Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities &  KAICIID

Published: June 2019

Feminism, Religion, and Intereligious Dialogue Webinar 

Organizations: Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities & KAICIID

Published: October 2019


Engaging Local Faith Actors in Urban Response Webinar 

Organizations: ALNAP, Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities, Soka Gakkai International, World Vision Mexico, & UCL University College London

Published: May 2019


The State of Evidence in Religion and Development Research Webinar

Organizations: Accord Network & Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities

Published: September 2019


Together for the Goals-Religious Actors’ Role in Sustaining Peace: SDG 16 Webinar 

Organizations: UKAid (DFID), Global Affairs Canada, KAICIID, Arigatou International, Catholic Relief Services, Danmission, The Network of Religious and Traditional Peacemakers, World Vision International and Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities

Published: July 2019


Ending Violence Against Children Scoping Study Launch Webinar 

Organization: Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities

Published: September 2019


El webinar de presentación del estudio exploratorio de JLI sobre violencia contra la niñez


Anti-Trafficking & Modern Slavery Faith and Freedom Scoping Study Launch Webinar 

Organization: Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities

Published: December 2019


Humanitarian assistance ‘doing no hard though need not creed’?

Organization: CREID

Published: November 2019

Dr Olivia Wilknison’s Presentation begins at 10:00 minutes into the video.

See all webinars on JLI’s Youtube account

In 2019, JLI Learning Hubs published a number of publications through many joint collaborations and knowledge partnerships. 

The Role of Local Faith Actors in Implementing The Global Compact of Refugees Seminar in Amman, Jordan

Organizations: The Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities, the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization, World Vision, and the UN Interagency Task Force on Religion and Development

Published: February 2019 

Opinion: Faith Organizations are Key in Global Refugee Response

Organization: The Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities

Published: April 2019

Faith and Positive Change for Children Initiative*

Organization: The Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities & UNICEF

Published: August 2019 

*multiple publications including draft Theory of Change and country case studies

Faith and Freedom: The Role of Local Faith Actors in Anti-Modern Slavery & Human trafficking Scoping Study 

Organization: The Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities

Published: October 2019


Ending Violence Against Children Hub & Three-Part Scoping Study – Faith Actors’ Involvement in prevention, elimination, and perpetuation of violence against children  

Organization: The Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities

Published:  June 2019


Local Humanitarian Leadership Seminar in Beirut – The Role of Local Faith Actors in Implementing the Global Compact on Refugees

Published: June 2019 

Organization: The Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities


Accord Research Alliance webinar: State of the Evidence

Organization: Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities, Dr Olivia Wilkinson 

Published: June 2019


The Accord Research Alliance Podcast – The Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities 

Organization: The Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities

Published: July 2019


The Triple Nexus, Localization, and Local Faith Actors: The intersections between faith, humanitarian response, development, and peaceLiterature Review and Primary Research 

Organization: DanChurchAid

Published: October 2019


As the Knowledge Partner for the International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD), JLI support the three work-streams with evidence building work.

Partnering with Local Faith Actors to Support Peaceful and Inclusive Societies

Organizations: The Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities & PaRD SDG 16 work-stream

Published: July 2019

Recommendations for a Strategic Agenda Draft

Organizations: The Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities & PaRD SDG 5 work-stream

Published: June 2019

Faith Actor Partnerships in Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health

Organization: The Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities & PaRD SDG 3 work-stream

Published: December 2019

22 Oct 2019: El webinar de presentación del estudio exploratorio de JLI sobre violencia contra la niñez

Centro de Aprendizaje: Poner fin a la Violencia contra los Niños y las Niñas

Moderadora: Silvia Mazzerelli (Arigatou International)

Co-Presidentes del Centro de Aprendizaje sobre Violencia contra la Niñez: Dra. Carola Eyber (Universidad Queen Margaret) y Rebeca Rios-Kohn (Arigatou International)


Ver el presentacion aqui

Leer el primero documento informativo: Una bendicion mixta roles de las comunidades de fe para poner fin a la violencia contra los ninos y ninas

Leer el segundo documento informativo: Porque la fe?Involucrando mecanismos de fe para poner fin a la violencia contra los ninos y ninas


Leer el estudio (publicado en ingles)