Hosted by Islamic Relief Worldwide and the Humanitarian Academy for Development – Birmingham, UK
The JLI Leadership met for a densely packed two-day meeting! In response to an increased demand for evidence, JLI has grown very fast this year. To bring everyone up to speed on current work and progress at JLI, the first day included briefings by Learning Hub leaders, representatives of external partners: UNHCR and UNICEF, various Board members and JLI staff. The second day started with a business meeting at which JLI became its own corporate entity, Board members transitioned to the new Board and then elected a new Executive Committee. The board accepted the 2018 financial report and approved the 2019 budget, and discussed a strategy for growth presented by the Coordinator. The Board met in an executive session on resource development and surfaced ideas for raising the funds needed to grow the JLI. The remainder of the meeting was spent discussing JLI agenda, and priorities going forward.
The key recommendations and next steps include:
Funding: Prioritize fundraising, and finalize new agreements with external partners. Revise budget accordingly.
Hubs: Review and revise mandate, principles lifecycles and TOR of Hubs. In terms of Hub membership, include more academics with key expertise, improve global south participation
Local Partnership: Consider how we are better informed and driven by local needs; how do local actors choose JLI?
Research: Review and restate JLI goals and activities relating to research, refining JLI participatory learning approach, and exploring JLI role in research facilitation. Address research ethics and intellectual property issues
UNICEF: Establish Working Group on UNICEF FSBC project
Operations: Revise operating plan for 2019
Governance: 1) complete the transition to the new Board and Advisory Group by following up with members not present; 2) amend the Board TOR and bylaws as requested, 3) complete the transition from a project to an incorporated JLI by the end of the year. The Executive Committee will be meeting next month on some of the open issues from the Board meeting
Evaluation. Arrange for an impact evaluation of JLI
What does it mean to be a PMNCH registered Partner? Gain an understanding of the 2020 PMNCH Business Plan and how your organization can work towards better outcomes through partnership with PMNCH.
Confirmed speakers: Ann Starrs (Guttmacher-Lancet Commission for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, PMNCH Board Member), Helga Fogstad (Executive Director, PMNCH), Gogontlejang Phaladi (Pillar of Hope Project, Chair of PMNCH Adolescent and Youth Constituency).
This webinar takes a look at global health partnering best practices and failures.
Confirmed speakers: Sonja Tanaka (Global Health 50/50), Tore Laerdal (Laerdal Mediccal Cooperation and Laerdal Medical AS), Asa Andersson (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency).
Explore the status of global and national health accountability from the perspectives of data science, governance, social accountability, private sector accountability, health financing, and humanitarian context.
Confirmed speakers: Dan Irvine (World Vision), Joy Lawn (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), Elisa Scolaro (World health Organization), Martin Schaaf (Columbia University), Jocelyn De Jong (American University, Beirut), Elizabeth Mason (University College London).
When and how is multi-sectoral collaboration most effective, and what factors enable it to contribute to transformative change? This webinar will explore these vital questions and provide fresh insight into how partners work better together across sectors to achieve shared goals.
Confirmed speakers: Sara Bennett (Johns Hopkins) Ida Okeyo (University of the Western Cape), Rachael Hinton (PMNCH), Shyama Kuruvilla (World Health Organization).
Most people who follow the ongoing conflict in Israel and Palestine constantly hear of the failures of peacemaking, specifically in the form of politicians’ failures to achieve peace agreements. But very few people have heard much about or encountered the work of peacebuilders—religious leaders, educators, youth, young adults, and others who promote peaceful relations among people in Israel and the regions.
Rabbi Dr. Ron Kronish will outline a new model for interreligious dialogue, which he developed in his work in Israel for 25 years as founder and director of the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel. He will present his ideas about the main challenges facing interreligious dialogue and peacebuilders in the future.
Since 2000, the numbers of refugees and displaced persons have skyrocketed worldwide. These population movements have created vast challenges for the international community, as well as for destination countries and local communities where refugees and displaced persons settle. Effective policies to address the refugee crisis must, therefore, consider three different levels—global, national, and local—and how they interact in practice.
Panelists will discuss the admission and initial integration of refugees and migrants in the United States and Europe, addressing whether and how practices of other countries offer any lessons for the United States. Denis McDonough (MSFS’96), former chief of staff to President Barack Obama, will close the conference with a keynote address.
Faith communities are vital partners for effective humanitarian action within the current refugee crisis.
The JLI Refugee Hub will present on the role of local faith actors and children on the move focusing on key themes in spiritual support, continuum of child protection and building peaceful societies and combating xenophobia. Amanda Rives Argeñal, World Vision International will introduce the recent Faith Action for Children on the Move Conference in Rome proceedings and action plan.
The webinar will also feature KAICIID Fellow, Dr. Aleksandra Djurić Milovanović, from the Institute for Balkan Studies of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts.
Dr. Milovanović will focus on the engagement of the faith-based organizations in the Balkans, especially in Serbia, in providing humanitarian aid for the migrants and refugees in the past few years. Alongside other humanitarian organizations, faith-based organizations had significant role in providing assistance for refugees, asylum-seekers and especially for vulnerable categories such are unaccompanied children, minors and women. The level of visibility of the faith-based organizations’ actions is different in each national country. Often, religious communities and their humanitarian organizations engaged in helping refugees take the position of silent, invisible actors. Focusing on their responses to the migration flows, we will discuss the issue of multi-religious cooperation in supporting and reception of the migrants and refugees as well as difference in the approach of the faith-based organizations comparing to other humanitarian organizations.
Children on the Move Learning Briefs (in English and Italian):
With Guest Speakers:
KAICIID Fellow, Dr. Aleksandra Djurić Milovanović
Anthropologist and Research Fellow at the Institute for Balkan Studies of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts
Dr. Aleksandra Djurić Milovanović is a research fellow at the Institute for Balkan Studies of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (Belgrade, Serbia). Aleksandra earned her PhD in Ethnology and Anthropology (2012) from the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philosophy. Her academic research has been primarily focused on the anthropology of religion, religion and migration, and contemporary evangelical movements in Europe. She has published academic papers in various languages, edited volumes, and participated in numerous programs, workshops, and international conferences worldwide. In 2017, she was awarded the position of Visiting Fellow at the University College Cork – Study of Religions (Ireland). Her book Double Minorities in Serbia: Distinctive Aspects of the Religion and Ethnicity of the Romanians in Vojvodina was published in 2015 by the Institute for Balkan Studies SASA (Belgrade, Serbia). Aleksandra has several years’ experience of working and researching in multiethnic, multiconfessional, and multilingual Christian communities in the Balkans. Recently, she co-edited the volume Orthodox Christian Renewal Movements in Eastern Europe (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). Aleksandra is particularly interested in the promotion of tolerance, interreligious dialogue and human rights. From 2018 she became KAICIID International Fellow in Vienna. Her current research focuses on religion, contemporary migration crises and refugees in Europe.
Amanda Rives Argeñal, World Vision International
Amanda Rives is the Senior Advisor on Child Protection and Participation Global Sector for World Vision International specializing in child protection and participation and based in Amman. She represents World Vision globally in selected networks, associations, and boards; ensuring the organization effectively collaborates with partners, influences decision-makers, and mobilizes resources to contribute to Agenda 2030. In recent years, Amanda also served as Regional Advocacy and Mobilization Director for Latin America and the Caribbean. Her responsibilities have included the development and implementation of the regional advocacy agenda, including campaigns and public engagement, as well as child protection, child and youth participation, and volunteer programs. Originally from the US, Amanda began her career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras and has spent most of her life working on social justice issues and Latin America, seeking to mobilize civil society, children and youth, governments and policy makers, as well as the media and private sector.