Learning Hubs are interdisciplinary, collaborative learning platforms for practitioners, policymakers, academics, civil society members and other experts of any faith or none to produce and engage with evidence relating to faith actors’ activities in achieving humanitarian, development and peacebuilding goals.
Learning Hubs work across areas of common interest (such as migration, gender-based violence, MHPSS and others) as they relate to faith. Members work together to review, map, and assess what is already known about the roles local faith actors play in the humanitarian, development and peacebuilding needs of local communities. Hubs then focus on increasing or developing new evidence in these areas to inform and improve policy and practice amongst humanitarian, development and peacebuilding communities – both faith-based and secular, local and international. Leading experts from different sectors usually co-chair each Learning Hub, representing practitioners, academics and policy specialists.
JLI supports and hosts two types of Hubs:
Global Learning Hubs bring together stakeholders – including those who work at local, regional, national, and international levels – from around the world to collaborate around a shared thematic focus. Since 2012, JLI has hosted ten Global Learning Hubs, on issues such as Gender Based Violence, Refugees and Forced Migration, Anti-Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery, and Community Mobilization.
Regional Hubs operate on a regional or national basis. JLI currently emphasizes Regional Hubs as part of its Fair and Equitable approach to address asymmetries in knowledge, as most current evidence and research reflects the priorities of Northern and Western organizations, and may not be accessible or useful to those who are the subjects – and agents – of the research topics. Regional hubs are primarily led by and designed for, local, national, and regional stakeholders. Regional Hubs \ share a thematic focus, and the thematic focus may evolve throughout the lifespan of the Hub, depending on the context and members’ needs. In 2022, To date, JLI launched Regional Hubs in East Africa (on Peacebuilding and Governance), the Middle East (on MEAL), and Syria (MHPSS).