The forum was planned by a diverse committee of international religious and faith-based networks active in humanitarian response, who have come together to explore and share innovative mechanisms of engagement between public and secular bodies and local religious networks in meeting the needs of victims, refugees, migrants, IDPs and their communities. A fine local host committee had been established, and its members worked diligently to engage the Sri Lankan government in this forum.

About the Sri Lankan Host Committee:

The Forum planning committee, in consultation with local experts, selected Sri Lanka as a location for the working meeting because we have so much to learn from its long experience of religious and faith-based leadership in humanitarian response

The local host committee, co-chaired by Reverend Ebenezer Joseph and the Venerable Banagala Upatissa Thero, prepared a panel of experts to present lessons learned from the Sri Lankan experiences of local religious and faith-based engagement in peace making and reconciliation, and in responding to natural disasters.

The local host committee includes:

  • Faizer Khan Muslim Aid
  • Firzan Hashim Asia Pacific Alliance for Disasters
  • Mohammed Saleem Development Activist
  • Kavitha Vijayaraj Sarvodaya
  • Rev. Ebenezer Joseph National Christian Council
  • Urmila Selvanayagam World Vision
  • Nagulan Nesiah Episcopal Relief & Development 
  • Saabira Mohideen Logistics Consultant


International Planning Committee Members:

  • Act Alliance
  • Anglican Communion
  • Cadena
  • Finn Church Aid
  • Islamic Relief Worldwide
  • Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities
  • Network of Religious and Traditional Leaders
  • Muslim Aid
  • Muslim Charities Forum
  • Partnership for Faith and Development
  • Religions for Peace
  • Soka Gakkai International
  • Tearfund
  • World Council of Churches
  • World Evangelical Alliance
  • World Vision
The Forum was developed and funded cooperatively by faith –based organizations and other sponsors.

We are grateful for funding support from:

  • GHR Foundation
  • World Vision
  • Swedish Church Aid
  • Islamic Relief USA
  • Adventist Relief and Development
  • Episcopal Relief and Development
  • Soka Gakkai International
  • Finn Church Aid
  • Religions for Peace
  • World Evangelical Alliance

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