Date(s) - 29/06/2018
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm


Location: The International Conference Centre Geneva, Room 5/6


• Daniel Endres, Director of the Division of Resilience and Solutions UNHCR
• Ojot Ojulu, Assistant General Secretary, Lutheran World Federation (LWF)
• Alastair Ager, Director, Institute for Global Health and Development, Queen Margaret University
• Ann Reggie Jaj, Islamic Relief Kenya
• Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, University College London, Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities (JLI), Refugee Hub co-chair
Moderator: Michael French, LWF


The vast majority of people lay claim to some form of faith or religion, and they do not leave it behind in a humanitarian crisis. Taking people’s faith identity seriously in shaping humanitarian response is simply part of a people-centered approach.

  • How do we address this without threatening humanitarian principles of impartiality and neutrality ?
  • How can humanitarians (regardless of faith, ideology, or whatever) become ‘faith-sensitive’ ?
  • How can we engage with faith communities and faith actors in response ?
  • This requires the insights of all humanitarian actors, non-faith as well as faithbased.

This session presents a tool to help us and insights to guide us. We will also be seeking participants’ views on how best to address this.

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