The Fair & Equitable Webinars Working Group was established in August 2021.

The group is responsible for organising a series of interactive public learning events, bringing together researchers, practitioners, and faith actors from across different regions and faith backgrounds.

The webinar series seeks to examine how faith actors can, should, and do challenge unequal power dynamics in the international humanitarian and development sector. The series will do this by examining some of the context and terminology often used in these debates, from “decolonization” to “localization”, as well as the history and context behind international and local-faith partnerships.

The series will then examine these power dynamics through a series of case studies, such as COVID-19 response, corruption, and others – bringing in practitioners and research from around the world.

Ultimately, the series aims to address three key questions:

  1. How are local faith actors challenging power dynamics in the international humanitarian and development sector?
  2. What obstacles do local faith actors face in challenging power dynamics in the international humanitarian and development sector?
  3. What does “decolonization” mean to you / your organization?

The Webinars aim to create space for challenging debate, prioritizing new voices, and allowing members to think critically about these issues in their own organizations and contexts.

If you are interested in delivering or organizing a Webinar on this theme, please contact JLI’s Projects Officer at zainab@jliflc.com

 

Previous Fair & Equitable Dialogues

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

Date: April 29, 2022

As the Looking back to look forward: COVID-19 and Faith Reflections on 2020-2021 Webinar Series continues, this event aims to showcase on-ground stories and case studies—shared by local faith actors—that include and also go beyond COVID-19 awareness and provision of health services. Given that the pandemic has posed a number of other pressing issues and challenges that local faith actors must deal with, this session highlights faith-inspired responses to social and economic implications of COVID-19 on women’s rights, mental health, livelihoods, misinformation, peacebuilding, and beyond. Local faith actors from Sri Lanka, the Philippines, the Arab World, and elsewhere will share their stories with an emphasis on their opportunities and challenges during the response.

This webinar will be co-hosted by JLI’s Fair & Equitable Dialogues Series, with the support of KAICIID, and in conjunction with the Religious Responses to COVID-19 project with The Berkley Center for Religion Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University and the World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD).

The webinar’s summary report and recording can be found here.

 

Title: Accountable Localisation: Local Faith Actors Speak Out

Date: February 25, 2022

This dialogue investigates practical examples of localised action from the ground, bringing together both local and international partners to reflect on their shared experience. By showcasing case studies of localisation from different regions in the Global South, this discussion invites both international organisations and local faith actors on how to better  engage with localisation efforts, and what practical recommendations, stemming from local experiences and stories, can lead to a more effective, fair, and equitable engagement with the localisation of humanitarian and development work.

Through lived experiences and stories from South Sudan, India, and Myanmar, local faith-inspired practitioners and international actors—who have partnered to deliver development, peacebuilding and humanitarian work—engaged in a dialogue on how localisation efforts are playing out on the ground.

The webinar’s summary report and recording can be found here.

 

Title: Who Holds the Power: Local Faith Actors in the Humanitarian and Development Sector

Date: December 3, 2021

Read more about the event here.