About the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities

We are a learning network of researchers and practitioners. We build fair and equitable spaces to create and share evidence on religions in development and community work. We aim to strengthen partnerships between and amongst faith and non faith actors, internationally and locally.

Our Goals

  • Fair and Equitable Approach: JLI actively challenges asymmetries of power in knowledge and evidence within religions  and development by embedding fair and equitable practices across all of its research, evidence, learning and partnership work.
  • REAL (Research, Evidence, Accountability and Learning): JLI is a leading global provider of research, evidence, learning and capacity sharing that strengthens practical religious engagement strategies for faith and development actors both locally and globally.
  • Member and Network Engagement: JLI is recognized as a broad network of diverse international and local (faith) actors, researchers and practitioners, providing a platform for intersectoral and multi stakeholder engagement that advances religion and development knowledge and learning.  
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.

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Annual Reports



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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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