About the Mobilisation of Local Faith Communities Learning Hub

The Mobilisation of Local Faith Communities Learning Hub convened in 2013 as the Capacity Building for Local Faith Communities Learning Hub and completed work in 2018. The Hub began through sharing across member organizations about work and current methods to engage and mobilize local faith communities. After member consultations, the Hub in 2014 created a Theory of Change.


Key Question: What mechanisms & methods are there for engaging and mobilising local faith communities in development and humanitarian aid?

Andrea Kaufmann, World Vision International

Director of Faith Partnerships

Catriona Dejean, Tearfund

Director of Strategy and Impact

Many thanks to Christo Greyling, World Vision International for his previous leadership in the Mobilisation of LFCs Hub.

Previous Hub Work

Theory of Change
A Theory of Change for Faith Group and Community Mobilization

After consultation with Mobilization of LFCs Hub, members suggested nine factors that predict change in capacity in a community:

  1. Personal transformation of faith leaders
  2. Using scripture as unlocking and key
  3. A combo of technical and practical and scripture
  4. Champions/ facilitators – trained and supported
  5. Local participation in analysis and monitoring
  6. Linkage w advocacy
  7. Intertwined envisioning by LFCs and communities
  8. Building momentum overtime – learning from others, showcasing, continual refreshment
  9. “Right” balance of local asset-based work with external support – harnessing existing community resources

Considering these factors, they created a Theory of Change to examine assumptions about what success looks like and how we contribute to change; and specifically analyzed the role of faith, drawing on any existing evidence base.

Read more about the Theory of Change model

Throughout the process, the members looked at both similarities and differences. The theory of change diagram captures the core underlying beliefs that the group hold in common. The narrative explains the diagram, detail and highlights areas of debate and the need for further learning and testing.


Background on Large-Scale Approaches to Local Faith Capacity Building

Examples from the JLI Mobilisation of LFCs Hub participating in large-scale approaches to Local Faith Communities Capacity Building:

  • 100,000 congregations  Umoja
  • Holistic Transformation people and communities
World Vision
  • Channels of Hope 175K FLs; reductions in stigma; increase in testing
Islamic Relief
  • Integrated development strategy starts with theology and focuses on the six purposes of religion: protection, faith, life, intellect, progeny (the future), wealth and human dignity. Dignity is at the center of the process and justice and rights are there to protect the purposes of faith
Samaritan’s Purse
  • $300 million 100 countries
Adventist Relief and Development
  • Community Partnerships Program in Papua New Guinea
Saddleback Church PEACE Plan
  • 600 churches in Rwanda
International Care Ministries
  • 5,000 local churches in the Philippines
Christian Aid
  • Brazil: Trains religious leaders in HIV AIDS awareness and prevention.
  • 400 Anglican Bishops Southern Africa



Key Resources:

JLI Climate Webinar Series: Summary
Published: 2019Author:
Analysing the Cost Effectiveness of Church and Community Mobilisation in Malawi
Published: 2019Author:Steffie Kemp and Rob Maclennan
CHAPTER 6 Faith-based rural poverty reduction in Uganda
Published: 2019Author:James Copestake, Michelle James, Marlies Morsink and Charlotte Flowers
More than the Money – Localisation in practice
Published: 2017Author:
Note Politique: Les Acteurs Confessionnels Locaux et la Mise en Oeuvre du Pacte Mondial Sur les Réfugiés
Published: 2018Author:
ملخص للسياسة: الجهات الفاعله العقائدية وتنفيذ الاتفاقيه الدولية بشأن اللاجئين
Published: 2018Author:
Faith in Action – the role of faith leaders in humanitarian action
Published: 2017Author:Danish Aziz
Faith Action for Children on the Move, Global Partners Forum
Published: 2018Author:Faith Action for Children on the Move
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Published: 2018Author:Olivia Wilkinson
Policy Brief: Faith Actors and the  Implementation of The Global Compact  on Refugees
Published: 2018Author:
Facilitator’s Manual for Provincial Coordinators and Religious Leaders – Talking with Families about Malaria Portuguese
Published: 2010Author:PIRCOM Programa Inter-Religioso Contra a Malaria, USAID and C-Change Communication for Change
Missionary Responses to Ebola Virus Crises- Misean Cara
Published: 2018Author:Misean Cara
Misean Cara Brief Missionary Approach to Development Interventions
Published: 2018Author:Misean Cara
Misean Cara Missionary Approach to Development Interventions (MADI)
Published: 2018Author:Misean Cara
The Response of Churches to the May 2008 Xenophobic Violence
Published: 2008Author:Sizwe Phakathi
Take the Gift of My Child and Return Something to Me: On Children, Chagga Trust, and a New American Evangelical Orphanage on Mount Kilimanjaro
Published: 2018Author:Amy Stambach and Aikande C. Kwayu
Published: 2014Author:Joey Ager, Behailu Abebe and Alastair Ager
Faith and Development in Focus: Nigeria
Published: 2018Author:Georgetown University
Local Faith Communities and the Promotion of Resilience in Contexts of Humanitarian Crisis
Published: 2014Author:Joey Ager
Partnering with Religious Communities for Children- UNICEF
Published: 2012Author:UNICEF
The great value of poor migrants: State policies, Christian morality and primary education in Sabah, Malaysia
Published: 2017Author:Yvan Schulz
JLI SDG Webinar 6-18 Slides
Published: 2018Author:
Compilation of Case Studies- Strategic Learning Exchange Amman, Jordan 2018
Published: 2018Author:
The Role of Youth in Nuclear Disarmament: Examining the Project, “The People’s Decade for Nuclear Abolition”
Published: 2017Author:
A Faith Sensitive Humanitarian Response. Guidance on Mental Health and Psychosocial Programming
Published: 2018Author:Lutheran World Federation, Islamic Relief Worldwide
BETTER TOGETHER Lessons learnt in participatory disaster risk reduction planning (Typhoon Haiyan)
Published: 2018Author:
The role and experience of local faith leaders in promoting child protection: a case study from Malawi
Published: 2018Author:Carola Eyber, Blessings Kachale, Tracy Shields & Alastair Ager
JLI Mobilisation Hub Disaster Risk Reduction, Faith & LFCS March 2018 webinar
Published: 2018Author:
Published: 2011Author:
The Impact of a Christian Values Program on Economic Outcomes in the Philippines
Published: 2018Author:Gharad T. Bryan, James J. Choi, and Dean Karlan
Integral, Inspirational and Influential
Published: 2017Author:Lucie Woolley
JLI GBV Hub Webinar slides- Feb 2018
Published: 2018Author:JLI w/ Drs Lisa le Roux and Brenda Bartelink
Localizing Response to Humanitarian Need Conference Summary
Published: 2018Author:Coordinating Editor: Olivia Wilkinson, PhD
Disaster Recovery and Youth, Peace and Security: Examining the Project, “The SOKA Global Action”
Published: 2017Author:
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Published: 2017Author:Hilary Cornish (Christian Aid), Jude Fransman (Open University) and Kate Newman (Christian Aid)
Australia Africa Community Engagement Scheme (AACES) project
Published: 2017Author:Anglican Overseas Aid
JLI Refugee Hub Scoping Study On Local Faith Communities In Urban Displacement
Published: 2017Author:Olivia Wilkinson and Joey Ager
MHPSS Emergency Toolkit
Published: 2017Author:MHPSS
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Published: 2017Author:
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Published: 2017Author:
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Published: 2017Author:Develpment in Practice
Published: 2017Author:Jill Olivier
An Approach to Inclusive, Community-Managed Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) for the Asia Region
Published: 2017Author:ADRA International
Behind closed doors Report- Churches Together in England
Published: 2017Author:Revd Dr Carrie Pemberton Ford, Cambridge Centre for Applied Research in Human Trafficking
Channels of Hope – Faith Connection
Published: 2016Author:World Vision
Missed opportunities: the case for strengthening national and local partnership-based humanitarian responses
Published: 2013Author:ActionAid, CAFOD, Christian Aid, Oxfam GB and Tearfund.
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Published: 2016Author:Chamindha Rajakaruna
Government, Global Poverty and God’s Mission in the World: An Evangelical Declaration
Published: 2010Author:
Religious Dimensions of Development: Lessons at the Country Level
Published: 2017Author:
Published: 2017Author:
Protecting the living, Honouring the dead
Published: 2016Author:Teddy Amara Morlai
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Published: 2017Author:Center for Faith and the Common Good
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Published: 2016Author:
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Published: 2013Author:
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Published: 2016Author:Jamie D. Aten and David M. Boan
Community Based Ebola Virus Disease Prevention and Management Strategies Sierra Leone
Published: 2017Author:Anbrasi Edward, Casey Risko, Hossein Zare, Meera Pranav, Tiffany Tran, Allieu Bangura, Michael Belmoh and Raymond Owusu
World Vision rapid context analysis in humanitarian emergencies
Published: 2016Author:Sarah Klassen, Sarah Pickwick, Johan Eldebo
Tearfund Bridging the Gap Report
Published: 2016Author:
UN Inter-Agency Task Force- Engaging Religion and Faith-Based Actors in 2016
Published: 2016Author:UNFPA, on behalf of the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Engaging Faith-Based Actors for Sustainable Development
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Published: 2016Author:
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Published: 2015Author:Jean Duff
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Published: 2016Author:Jodi Blackham
Channels of Hope Level of Evidence Brief
Published: 2016Author:
The Eagle Process Mothers’ Union Uganda
Published: 2015Author:Cathy James and Doreen Kwarimpa-Atim
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Published: 2005Author:Erica Bornstein
Partnership and Capacity Strengthening Basics: A Guide for Facilitators
Published: 2016Author:Catholic Relief Services
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Published: 2015Author:
Published: 2016Author:Teresa F. Cutts and James R. Cochrane
QuIP Briefing Paper
Published: 2016Author:Professor James Copestake
Qualitative Study of a Grassroots and Faith-Based Peace and Reconciliation Program in Kakuma, Kenya
Published: 2016Author:David Boan
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Published: 2016Author:
Act Alliance Annual Report 2015
Published: 2016Author:
Child Focused Community Transformation
Published: 2016Author:Andrew Barnes, Ryan Smedes, Luis Noda, Victor Cortez, Celeste Brown
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Published: 2016Author:Anthony Ware, Matthew Clarke
Published: 2016Author:
The Faith Effect: Equipping Faith Leaders to Empower Girls in Ethiopia and Nigeria
Published: 2016Author:Center for Interfaith Action
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Published: 2015Author:
Building More Effective Partnerships between Public Sector and Faith Groups
Published: 2015Author:McKinsey & Co with JLI
Published: 2014Author:Ellen L. Idler
Evaluation Report: Faiths United for Health – Interfaith Action Against Malaria in Nigeria
Published: 2014Author:
A Theory of Change for Faith Group and Community Mobilization
Published: 2014Author:JLI F&LC
World Vision’s Channels of Hope Methodology: Empowering Local Churches in Their HIV Response
Published: 2014
Narrative: Channels of Hope Theory of Change
Published: 2014
An Islamic Perspective on Human Development
Published: 2014