About the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities

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.

Our Goals

  • Excellence in Evidence: improve the quality, management, and accessibility of evidence
  • Excellence in Communications: communicate effectively to academics, policymakers, and practitioners
  • Excellence in Advocacy: encourage change in key areas of policy and practice through evidence-based recommendations on faith engagement
Our Vision
Our Vision

Full and appropriate engagement of the capacities of faith actors in the achievement of humanitarian and development goals through effective partnerships with public sector and secular entities, as well as among religious groups themselves.

How we work

The JLI serves as an open-access knowledge-sharing platform for all sectors and organizations of all backgrounds. JLI works through Knowledge Partnerships and Learning Hubs. More than 800 stakeholders globally are members of Learning Hubs coming from policy, practitioner and academic sectors. Our Learning Hub approach was inspired by the experience of the Joint Learning Initiative on Children and HIV/AIDS. Read more about our resources:

Our Fair and Equitable Initiative seeks to renew the learning process led by JLI and in Learning Hubs and confront asymmetries of power in research, joint learning and partnerships. We aim to increase participation and shift more power (resources and decision making) towards local movements and local faith communities. Learn more about our Fair and Equitable Initiative.

In our Knowledge Partnerships, we contribute research and advice to build better faith engagement strategies. We have hosted and contributed to major conferences and led the publication of major reports, special issues, articles, and books. To find out more, see our JLI Research & Knowledge Partnerships page:

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