JLIF&LC and Religious Engagement in the World Humanitarian Summit

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An international collaboration on evidence for faith actors’ activities, contributions, and challenges to achieving humanitarian and development goals. Founded in 2012, JLI came together with a single shared conviction: there is an urgent need to build our collective understanding, through evidence, of faith actors in humanitarianism and development.


The first World Humanitarian Summit, convening in Istanbul, May 2016, aims to set a new agenda for global humanitarian action.

The Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities has actively supported religious engagement in the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) since Fall 2015.

Preparatory Meeting of Religious Leaders & FBO Representatives
May 22, 6:00pm – 8:30pm

The FBO Advisory Group has also advised the UN IATF-hosted Preparatory Meeting of religious leaders and faith-based organizations attending WHS. The Preparatory Meeting will convene on May 22, 2016, the day before the World Humanitarian Summit main program. Attendance is by invitation by the UN IATF only.

JLIF&LC Side Event at the World Humanitarian Summit:
“One Humanity, Shared Responsibilities: Evidence for Religious Groups’ Contributions to Humanitarian Response”
May 23, 8:30am – 10:00am, Rumeli Hall 6, Lufti Kirdar Convention and Exhibition Center

JLIF&LC will host a Side Event on the evidence base for religious activity and contributions to humanitarian response. Co-organizers include: Soka Gakkai International, Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network, Islamic Relief, Malteser International, Religions for Peace, World Evangelical Alliance, and World Vision.

The Side Event will feature five Evidence Briefs, produced by JLIF&LC, as well as case studies from local faith leaders to provide on-the-ground illustrations of the evidence presented. The Peace & Conflict Learning Hub Scoping Paper will also be launched at the Side Event. The Side Event is supported by an Online Information Platform hosted on the JLIF&LC website: www.jliflc.com/whs

Agenda & More Information: View Side Event Agenda

WHS Special Session on Religious Engagement
May 23, 4:00pm – 5:00pm, Istanbul Congress Centre

As a member of an FBO Advisory Group, JLIF&LC has advised the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Religion & Development on the development of the WHS Special Session on Religious Engagement in Humanitarian Response.

Evidence Briefs on the Contributions of Religious Actors to Humanitarian Response

In preparation for the World Humanitarian Summit, JLIF&LC, led by Resilience Learning Hub Co-Chairs Alastair Ager (Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh and Columbia University) and Helen Stawski (Islamic Relief), has produced five evidence briefs linked to the five Core Responsibilities outlined in the Secretary General’s Report One Humanity, Shared Responsibility. JLIF&LC and the Henry R Luce Foundation has provided funding in support of the five Evidence Briefs. Key messages, the five evidence briefs and links to more in-depth resources are available here: https://jliflc.com/2016/05/jliflc-evidence-briefs-key-messages/

The evidence base includes seven regional meeting reports on religious engagement in humanitarian response and over 30 resources submitted to the WHS by religious leaders and FBOs during the WHS Secretariat’s call for public submissions.

Learn more about the World Humanitarian Summit at: www.worldhumanitariansummit.org