The Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities (JLI) is pleased to announce a research collaboration “Bridging the Gap: The role of local faith actors in humanitarian response,” funded by the Belgian Government for Development Cooperation.

This new 12-month project (1/10/18 – 30/09/19) in South Sudan is a partnership with Tearfund Belgium, Tearfund United Kingdom, Islamic Relief Worldwide, RedR UK, and the University of Leeds.

The project aims to bridge the gap in localization dialogues to find practical ways of working through workshops of faith actors and non-faith actors in first line humanitarian response. The collaboration seeks to increase understanding, trust, coordination, and collaboration between partners and  knowledge on localization processes. The project will first look at partnership models and map actors involved in humanitarian assistance in South Sudan.

The remaining program focuses on capacity and skills building for local faith actors with ongoing coaching and networking, and opportunities for local partner grants. The project will then address knowledge and awareness of local faith actors in the broader humanitarian system to contribute to the Charter4Change commitments and moving forward from the World Humanitarian Summit.


Bridge Builders Report Published – Read the Report here

Project contact:

Esther Trewinnard:

For further information about the research contact:

Professor Emma Tomalin, University of Leeds:

Dr. Olivia Wilkinson, JLI:

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