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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.

Community Unites to Revitalize JLI


In two engaging (virtual) roundtable meetings held in May, the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities (JLI) brought together a diverse group of stakeholders, including NGOs, universities, and faith-based organizations, to foster collaboration and co-creation. These meetings, which saw robust participation from across the globe, highlighted the community’s commitment to strengthening JLI and enhancing its impact.

May 21 Roundtable: Setting the Stage for Future Collaboration

The first roundtable on May 21 focused on leveraging opportunities for mutual thriving and understanding. Key decision-makers from various organizations discussed JLI’s mission, vision, and the unique role it plays in integrating faith-based approaches with evidence-based development practices. Attendees brainstormed future projects, emphasizing the need for enhanced research support, capacity building, and strategic partnerships.
Highlights from the May 21 meeting included:
  • Enhanced Support Needs: Participants called for tailored research support, localized insights, and stronger advocacy efforts.
  • Strategic Resource Offerings: Organizations offered strategic resources, including networking, expertise sharing, and event organizing.
  • New Directions: Discussions on new research areas, expanding geographical coverage, and innovative funding strategies to improve JLI’s sustainability.

May 29 Roundtable: Deepening Engagement and Strategic Planning

The second roundtable on May 29 built upon the first meeting’s foundation, delving deeper into strategic directions and community involvement. The conversation centered around key topics for the upcoming State of Evidence report, including climate issues, decolonization, and the role of faith actors in community development. Participants also explored innovative methods to enhance the report’s marketability and impact.
Key takeaways from the May 29 meeting included:
  • Collaborative Approaches: Emphasis on co-design and involving diverse voices in report development.
  • Engagement Strategies: Suggestions for webinars, dialogue circles, and virtual conferences to boost engagement.
  • Funding and Resources: Discussions on crowdfunding, research grants, and innovative fundraising methods to support JLI’s initiatives.

Looking Ahead

These roundtable meetings mark a significant step in revitalizing JLI, showcasing the community’s dedication to collaboration and innovation. The feedback and ideas generated will inform JLI’s way forward, ensuring it remains a vibrant and impactful organization and community. Moving forward, the Executive Committee will refine the ideas and strategies discussed, with plans to engage the broader board in early June for further development.

Join the Conversation

We invite all our partners, supporters, and friends to join us in this exciting journey. Together, we can co-create a future where faith and development intersect to make a meaningful difference in the world.
Stay tuned for more updates and ways to get involved!