Looking Back to Look Forward: COVID-19 and Faith Reflections on 2020-2021 Webinar Series

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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.

Looking Back to Look Forward: COVID-19 and Faith Reflections on 2020-2021 webinar series

  • Faith Engagement & COVID-19: What Really Works?

The first webinar of this series brought representatives of the faith actors who had participated in the research into dialogue with key external partners, discussing where they have seen growth and where problems remain with faith engagement.

More details and the recording can be found here.

  • Faith and the COVID-19 Pandemic at Two Years – A Retrospective Webinar:

This second webinar takes stock of the Religious Responses to COVID-19 project, which has involved continuous monitoring of media, research analysis and commentary, and regular publications and webinars to distill this information. This event launched a website platform for the project’s resource repository, which includes over 1,000 resources to date on how different faith actors have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and broader emergencies. We also reflected on what an analysis of the resources collected so far can tell us about the major global themes in religious responses to COVID-19 and what research is needed next.

More details and the recording can be found here.

  • Two-year updates from National and Regional Faith Actor CVID-19 Responses:

This third webinar catches up with faith actors we previously spoke to during webinars in 2020 and asks how the pandemic has evolved in their context since then. We heard insights from Sri Lanka, Liberia, Senegal and the Latin America region to contextualize the similarities and differences of religious responses to COVID-19 around the world.

More details and the recording can be found here.

  • Listening to the Stories of Local Faith Actors on COVID-19 Response

This fourth webinar was also part of the Fair & Equitable Dialogues Series that highlights research, evidence and practices from a diverse array of actors around the world to address the complex themes surrounding unequal power dynamics, decolonization and localization in international humanitarian, peacebuilding, and development work.

A panel of local faith actors, academics, and activists came together to discuss their own experiences, challenges, and lessons learnt from faith-engagement during the pandemic. Panelists drew on a diverse range of contexts including Sri Lanka, the Philippines,Egypt, and Zimbabwe, among others, to discuss challenges and successes around issues of mental health, misinformation, gender, and peacebuilding during the pandemic. The webinar concluded with each of the panelists sharing lessons learnt for the future.

More details and the recording can be found here.