Localizing Response to Humanitarian Need: The Role of Religious and Faith-Based Organizations

October 16-19, 2017

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Faith leaders, aid agencies around the world join forum on localizing humanitarian response

JLI cohosted the Localizing Response to Humanitarian Need Forum with over 140 participants representing multiple local and global faith networks, faith-based organizations, aid agencies, policy makers, and government representatives have participated in a forum to strengthen partnership and networks in localizing humanitarian responseFocus on documentation of methods and mechanisms of engagement of local faith networks.

Working Areas:

  • Children & Health
  • Conflict & Peacemaking
  • Disaster response
  • Disaster risk reduction and resilience
  • Refugees & Forced Migration
  • Gender-based Violence

BRIEF SUMMARY REPORT

 

 

On October 20, the new JLI Anti-Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Hub launched at the Anglican Alliance. Gathering a group of core members, the hub discussed the terms of reference and key questions the hub would address. The group focused on areas related to prevention, protection, prosecution, policy, partnerships and participation.

The purpose of this Hub is to be a horizontal learning community and global resource that links academics, policy makers and practitioners working on issues of faith, faith leaders and religious communities to combat human trafficking and modern slavery. The goals are to:

  • Identify and examine what we know about human trafficking, with respect to the role of faith based actors and religious and cultural values, and the reliability of this research. Work out how we can better communicate existing research.
  • Identify gaps in knowledge which can be addressed through further research and learning (with an emphasis on practical application afterwards).
  • Arrive at practical actionable recommendations in these areas (for programmes and policy) that JLI members would be encouraged to implement in their own organisations, use to potentially influence the practice of others, and which could increase effective partnerships/collaboration between members of the Hub (secular and faith based) in ending human trafficking and modern slavery.

Faith and Harmful Traditional Practices

Working effectively with faith leaders to challenge harmful traditional practices

Tearfund cordially invites you to join us for this multi-dimensional event to review and discuss the findings of the DFID funded, JLI SGBV Hub research exploring the role of faith in addressing Harmful Traditional Practices.

The event will be comprised of a presentation and discussion of key findings pertaining to:
  • The language of Harmful Traditional Practices
  • Safe Spaces for facilitating conversations regarding Harmful Traditional Practices
  • The interconnection between Harmful traditional Practices, Culture, Social Norms and underlying social ideologies.
The day will include space for break-out discussions to provide attendees with the opportunity to critically engage with the findings and discuss the implications and opportunities that these offer.
​Please RSVP by Thursday 26th October by emailing Natalia Lester-Bush at [email protected].

October Events

October 3:  JLI Joint Learning Webinar on Local Humanitarian Leadership with Oxfam America

October 11-12:  WCC Workshop on mapping Christian health services

October 9-13: One Accord Forum and Expo

October 11-13: Alliance for Peacebuilding’s Annual Conference: Peace Now More than Ever

October 14: Boston University Going Viral: Religion and Health

October 16-19Localising Response to Humanitarian Need

October 26: Faith and feminism working group The impact of fundamentalism and extremism on the cultural rights of women: time to take a stand

October 30: UN Strategic Learning Exchange & Skills Building Workshop: Religion, Gender and Youth Inclusion in Peace & Security

October 31: 2017 Annual International Conference on Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding

 

November

Nov 9: Interfaith Symposium Countering Fear & Rise in Discrimination UK

Nov 10: JLI SGBV Hub Study Dissemination

Nov 12-15: PaRD annual meeting (London)

Nov 15: DFID/ UKAid conference “Current challenges in Freedom of Religion or Belief

Nov 16-18: Vatican: Addressing Global Health Inequalities

Nov 21UN Staff Strategic Learning Exchange- Engaging with Faith Organizations and communities

Nov 26: Faith-based organizations’ contribution to Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction

September 18, 2017

at Moral Imperative UNGA Meeting

Location: WCC Church Center

Launch of the Ending Violence Against Children Hub

Hosted by the JLI Ending Violence Against Children Learning Hub with co-chair organizations: Arigatou International and World Vision International

The meeting introduced the JLI EVAC Hub, discussed roles of faith communities and actors in  Ending Violence Against Children (EVAC).

Panel included:

  • JLI EVAC Core Members: Gerry Dyer  representing the Global Partnership on VAC and Rabbi Diana Gerson, NY Board of Rabbis
  • Adam Taylor, Moral Imperative
  • Jean Duff, JLI Coordinator
  • JLI EVAC Hub Representatives: Christo Greyling, World Vision International and Rebeca Rios-Kohn, Arigatou International

The convening co-chairs of the JLI Learning Hub on Ending Violence Against Children (EVAC Hub) are:

  • Robyn Hagan, World Vision International, Global Advisor – Faith Partnerships for Child Protection
  • Rebeca Rios-Kohn, Arigatou International New York Office, Director
  • Carola Eyber, Queen Margaret University, Institute for Global Health and Development, Senior Lecturer

Following the launch the JLI Ending Violence Against Children (EVAC) Learning Hub met together at the Salvation Army ISJC with academics, policy experts, and practitioners to review and analyse the knowledge base regarding the multiple roles of faith and faith actors to influence or end violence against children, in line with SDG 16.2. The Ending Violence Against Children Hub is a part of the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities Learning Hubs. For a meeting summary please join the hub here

 

July 12, 2017

Convened by the Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations and the UN Interagency Task Force on Religion and Development (Chaired by UNFPA) in partnership with the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities.

HE Ambassador David Donoghue, Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations, and Dr Azza Karam, UN Interagency Task Force on Religion and Development will be co-moderating.

Jean Duff will be representing JLI on a panel addressing faith-based partnerships to support achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The panel will also include JLI Board Member Anwar Khan, Islamic Relief USA.

Click below for more details:

Faith-Based Partnerships: Vehicles for Achieving the SDGs

Fifth GNRC Forum

9-11 May 2017

Panama City, Panama

Four-hundred religious leaders, members of diverse faith communities, leaders of faith-based organizations, United Nations officials, and representatives of international and grassroots organizations from around the world attended the Forum. A pre-forum brought together 64 children on 6-8 May.

The GNRC 5th Forum built on work from GNRC members from diverse faith traditions have been doing since the year 2000, working for and with children, to build a better world for children. Working locally, nationally, and globally. The 5th Forum focused specifically on the role of faith communities in addressing challenges presented by various forms of violence against children in three sub-themes:

  • “Protecting Children from Violent Extremism, Gang Violence and Organized Crime”
  • “Nurturing Spirituality and Ending Violence in Child Upbringing”
  • “Ending Sexual Exploitation and Abuse of Children.”

JLI announced a new Learning Hub on Ending Violence Against Children at the forum. Rebeca Rios-Kohn, Arigatou International (shown below) and Christo Greyling, World Vision International announced plans during sessions at the forum. To apply to be a member please register at evac.jliflc.com

Press release from GNRC Fifth Forum

Panama Declaration

Day 1
First Plenary

Chaired by Rt. Rev. Julio E. Murray, Bishop of the Episcopal Church of Panama, President of the Ecumenical Committee, Chair, Interreligious Committee in Panama, Chair, GNRC 5th Forum

  • Remarks by Rev. Keishi Miyamoto, President, Arigatou International, Convenor, Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) and Rev. Mons. Sidney Fones, Chair, GNRC 5th Forum International Organizing Committee
  • Messages from H.E Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President, Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Holy See; H.R.H. Prince El Hassan bin Talal, The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary, World Council of Churches
  • Opening Address from Panama’s President: Juan Carlos Varela

 

Second Plenary

Co-Chaired by: Prof. Anantanand Rambachan, Professor and Chair, Religion Department, Saint Olaf College, Council Member, Prayer and Action for Children, and Rabbi Diana Gerson; Program Director, New York Board of Rabbis

Keynote Addresses:

  • Ms. Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children, United Nations, discussed state of Violence Against Children. Referenced report on
  • Children’s Representatives:
  • H.E. Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga, Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras

 

Third Plenary

Session Moderator: Mr. Kul Gautam, Chair, Prayer and Action for Children, Former Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations

  • Introductory Remarks: Dr. Susan Bissell, Executive Director, Global Partnership and Fund to End Violence Against Children

PANELISTS:

  • Ms. Marita Perceval, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
  • Rev. Adam Russell Taylor, Lead, Faith-Based Initiative, World Bank Group
  • Dr. Kezevino Aram, Co-Moderator, Religions for Peace International, President,
  • Shanti Ashram, India, President, Interfaith Council on Ethics Education for Children
  • Rev. Hidehito Okochi, Chief Priest, Kenji-in Temple and Juko-in Temple, Japan, Board Member, Arigatou International
  • Children’s Representative (from the Children’s Pre-Forum Meeting)

Attendees then attended breakout working sessions by region (Latin America and Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East)

 

Day 2
Fourth Plenary

Session Co-Chairs: Prof. Abdulghafur El Busaidy, Chairman, Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims, and Ms. Marie Dennis, Co-President, Pax Christi International

THEME 1: Protecting Children from Violent Extremism, Gang Violence and Organized Crime: The Role of Faith Communities

Keynote Address by Fr. Juan Luis Carbajal Tejeda, Executive Secretary, Pastoral de Movilidad Humana, Episcopal Conference of Guatemala, followed by a children’s representative’s remarks

THEME 2: Nurturing Spirituality and Ending Violence in Child Upbringing: The Role of Faith Communities

Keynote Address by H.G. Dr. Barry C. Morgan, former Archbishop of Wales

THEME 3: Ending Sexual Exploitation and Abuse of Children: The Role of Faith Communities

Keynote Address by Dr. Alaa Murabit, UN High-level Commissioner on Health, Employment and Economic Growth, followed by a children’s representative’s remarks

 

Parallel Sessions by Theme

Protecting Children from Violent Extremism, Gang Violence and Organized Crime: The Role of Faith Communities

  • Moderators: Dr. Esmeralda Arosemena de Troitiño, Commissioner of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and Imam Dr. Rashied Omar, Research Scholar of Islamic Studies and Peace Building, University of Notre Dame, Coordinating Imam, Claremont Main Road Mosque, Cape Town, South Africa
  • PANELISTS: Mr. Antti Pentikäinen, Executive Director, Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers (NRTP), Dr. Amr Abdalla, Senior Advisor on the Reform of Education in Muslim Societies Project, International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), Washington, D.C. Dr. William Vendley, Secretary General, Religions for Peace International Dr. Mohamed Elsanousi, Director, Network of Religious and Traditional Peacemakers (NRTP) Children’s Representative (from the Children’s Pre-Forum Meeting) Ms. Janet Arach, GNRC Member, Uganda, Youth Representative

Nurturing Spirituality and Ending Violence in Child Upbringing: The Role of Faith Communities

  • Moderators: Dr. Nelson Arns Neumann, Coordinator, Pastoral da Criança, and Rev. Dr. Nicta Lubaale, General Secretary, Organization of African Instituted Churches (OAIC)
  • PANELISTS: Ms. Georgina de Villalta, Global Movement for Children in Latin America and the Caribbean Prof. Harold Segura, Regional Director of Church Relations and Christian Identity for Latin America and the Caribbean, World Vision International Ms. Rosalina Tuyuc Velásquez, President of CONAVIGUA, Member, Continental Network of Indigenous Women of Americas, Guatemala Children’s Representative (from the Children’s Pre-Forum Meeting) Mrs. Sheran Harper, Worldwide Trustee, Mothers Union, Trainer, Worldwide Parenting Programme

Ending Sexual Exploitation and Abuse of Children: The Role of Faith Communities

  • Moderators: Ms. Silvia Mazzarelli, Regional Head of Policy and Programming, Plan International, and Ms. Bani Dugal, Representative to the United Nations, Baha’i International Community, United States
  • PANELISTS: Ms. Dorothy Rozga, Executive Director, ECPAT International Sr. Denisse Pichardo, O.P, Dominican Order of the Altagracia Children’s Representative (from the Children’s Pre-Forum Meeting) Ms. Corina Villacorta, Regional Director, Plan International Americas Mr. Christo Greyling, Senior Director, Faith – Advocacy and External Engagement, World Vision International

 

Fifth Plenary

ALL FOR CHILDREN: Working with Faith Communities and Partners to End Violence Against Children through Arigatou International’s Initiatives

Panelists:

  • Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC): Dr. Mustafa Y. Ali, Secretary General, GNRC, Director, Arigatou International – Nairobi, and Dr. Dorcas Kiplagat, GNRC Network and Programs Coordinator Ethics Education for Children: Ms. Maria Lucia Uribe, Secretary General, Ethics Education for Children, Director, Arigatou International – Geneva Prayer and Action for Children: Ms. Rebeca Rios-Kohn, Director, Prayer and Action for Children, Director, Arigatou International – New York Interfaith Initiative to End Child Poverty (End Child Poverty): Rev. Fredrick O. Nyabera, Director, End Child Poverty, Arigatou International – Nairobi

 

Day 3
Parallel Sessions by Theme

“The Nexus Between Child Poverty and Violence Against Children”

Facilitators: Rev. Adam Russell Taylor, Lead, Faith-Based Initiative, World Bank Group, and Rev. Fredrick O. Nyabera, Director, End Child Poverty, Arigatou International – Nairobi

“The Role of Ethics Education in Strengthening Families and Nurturing Spirituality in Children”

Facilitators: Dr. Kezevino Aram, Co-Moderator, Religions for Peace International, President, Shanti Ashram, India, President, Interfaith Council on Ethics Education for Children, and Ms. Maria Lucia Uribe, Secretary General, Ethics Education for Children, Director, Arigatou International – Geneva

“Combatting Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse of Children”

Facilitators: Rabbi Diana Gerson, Program Director, New York Board of Rabbis, and Ms. Rebeca Rios-Kohn, Director, Prayer and Action for Children, Director, Arigatou International – New York

The Sixth Plenary included reading the consensus statement of GNRC Network, commitment from GNRC to see the statement through and a call to action for others to join.

 

Seventh Plenary: Closing Ceremony

Session Co-Chairs: H. L. Bishop Dr. Method Kilaini, Bishop of Bukoba Diocese, Bukoba, Tanzania, and Ms. Rosalina Tuyuc Velásquez, President of CONAVIGUA, Member, Continental Network of Indigenous Women of Americas, Guatemala

  • Sheikh Mohamed Sohaib Al-Chami, the Grand Imam of Aleppo, Syria
  • Dr. Agnes Abuom, Moderator, Central Committee, World Council of Churches
  • Dr. Alaa Murabit, UN High-level Commissioner on Health, Employment and Economic Growth
  • Children’s Presentation
  • Reading of GNRC 5th Forum Declaration, Rev. Mons. Sidney Fones
  • H.G. Archbishop Felix Machado, Archbishop of Vasai, India

The conference ended with an interfaith prayer celebrating all the faith traditions in attendance.

 

 

The JLI Ending Violence Against Children Learning Hub was announced at the Global Network of Religions for Children 5th Forum -Ending Violence Against Children: Faith Communities in Action in Panama.

The intention of this Hub is to be a horizontal learning community that links academics, policy makers and practitioners working on issues of faith, faith leaders and religious community contribution to ending violence against children. Framing questions will be refined further through evidence Scoping and policy dialogue in the first phase of the Hub.

Leadership

The convening co-chairs of the JLI Learning Hub on Ending Violence Against Children (EVAC Hub)are:

  • Robyn Hagan, World Vision International, Global Advisor – Faith Partnerships for Child Protection 
  • Rebeca Rios-Kohn, Arigatou International New York Office, Director
  • Carola Eyber, Queen Margaret University, Institute for Global Health and Development, Senior Lecturer

 

For more information please see the relevant resources: Draft Terms of Reference and Draft Concept Note

 

For more information on the GNRC forum please see here

JLI is excited to highlight a new four-year research collaboration led by Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh (JLI Refugees & Forced Migration Co-Chair), with Prof. Alastair Ager of Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh and Columbia University (Co-I), Dr. Anna Rowlands of Durham University (Co-I) and Prof. Lyndsey Stonebridge of University of East Anglia (Co-I). This interdisciplinary and participatory research project is supported by a Large PaCCS Grant (£800,000) awarded by the AHRC-ESRC through the Global Challenges Research Fund.

The team is focusing on local communities and refugees in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. Their goal is to improve understanding of the challenges and opportunities that arise in local responses to displacement, both for refugees from Syria and for the members of the communities that are hosting them in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.

JLI’s Refugees & Forced Migration Hub will be partnering on this project throughout the collaboration.

For more information

Please see their website updated regularly with new information, blog posts, photography galleries, and follow project updates on Twitter @RefugeeHosts

Also, Refugee Hosts moderates a blog series on Faith and Displacement and is welcoming submissions on that theme between now and July 2017.

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