Survey: Faith actor perspectives on localization and decolonization

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About JLI

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 Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities and the University of Leeds are collaborating on a new research project: ‘Faith actor perspectives on localization and decolonization.’

The research will involve a survey and follow up interviews with people who work for/with communities of faith or faith-based/inspired/motivated organizations engaged in development and/or humanitarian activities.

Link to the survey

We invite you to fill in the survey for the project and it can be accessed here. It should take about 20 minutes to fill in and will contribute to writing a report that will be publicly available. It will be jointly produced by the JLI and the University of Leeds.


The survey will run until Monday September 4th 2023.

Summary of the research

This research is being jointly conducted by the University of Leeds in the UK and the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities. The aim of this project is to capture the experiences and perspectives of how different types of ‘faith actor’ define and approach ‘localization’ and ‘decolonization’ objectives.  Since the COVID pandemic there has been a renewed emphasis and reliance on local leadership and decision-making, an increased focus on understanding the ramifications of what localization means for international and local organizations, and what decolonized approaches are.  All of this builds on additional funding pledges and benchmarks for investing in local organizations, paralleling conversations about decolonized approaches, and referring back to the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit and the 2017 JLI Summit on Faith and Localization.

We thank you very much in advance for your participation and look forward to working with you on this.