Sept 13-15 University of Groningen Jubilee Conference Reimagining Difference thinking beyond Essentialism

Sept 18-21 SVRI Rio & JLI SGBV Hub Satellite Session Launch

Sept 18 at 12pm ET JLI Ending Violence Against Children Hub Launch and Moral Imperative High-Level Forum on Children at Risk

Sept 19 at 9-11 ET JLI Ending Violence Against Children Hub Working Meeting

Sept 21 at 10:30 ET UNGA Side Event: Welcoming the Stranger

Sept 23 at 3pm ET FAAST, along with the Salvation Army – Pray for Freedom Event

Sept 27 High Level Meeting of the General Assembly on Trafficking  

Sept 28  Webinar on Faith-based approaches to Family Planning hosted by CCIH & CJGH


Upcoming JLI Joint Learning Opportunity: Webinar on Local Humanitarian Leadership on Oct 3 at 9am ET click here to RSVP


JLI Joint Learning Opportunity: Webinar on Local Humanitarian Leadership – hosted by the JLI Refugee Hub

October 3 at 9 am ET (2 pm UK)

Local Humanitarian Leadership and Faith
Guest Presenter: Tara Gingerich – Oxfam America

Moderator: Catriona DejeanTearfund (JLI Mobilisation of Local Faith Communities Learning Hub co-chair)

Local humanitarian leadership is built upon the premise that humanitarian action should be led by local humanitarian actors whenever possible, yet this research finds that secular humanitarian INGOs do not engage systematically with local faith actors in their local leadership work. Based primarily on interviews with humanitarian INGO staff, this research also found that neither secular nor faith-inspired international humanitarian organizations have a sufficient level of religious literacy to enable them to understand the religious dimensions of the contexts in which they work and to effectively navigate their engagement with local faith actors.

Join to hear more about the research and participate in a discussion on religious literacy and engaging local faith actors. Please feel free to send your questions to the email below.


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JLI Collaborations- Interview with Nicta Lubaale & Lincoln Lau

After meeting at the JLI’s Religion & Sustainable Development Conference (2015), the Organization of African Instituted Churches (OAIC) and International Care Ministries (ICM) have partnered up to learn from each other on monitoring, evaluation, and learning for organizations working through local faith communities. JLI Consultant, Dr Olivia Wilkinson spoke to Rev. Nicta Lubaale (OAIC) and Dr. Lincoln Lau (ICM) to find out more about their collaboration.


Save the Date

September 19, 2017

9-11am ET


The Salvation Army – International Social Justice Commission offices, New York City, NY 10022

(the office is between 2nd and 3rd Avenue in Manhattan – closer to 3rd)

Call in through Zoom will be available

PLEASE RSVP to [email protected]


The JLI Ending Violence Against Children (EVAC) Learning Hub brings together academics, policy experts, and practitioners to review and analyse the knowledge base regarding the multiple roles of faith and faith actors to influence or end violence against children, in line with SDG 16.2. Currently, existing data is not standardized and there is no central repository or systematic review. The hub will help overcome evidence gaps regarding faith communities role in violence against children and help inform and improve policy and practice.


Meeting objectives:

  • Member introductions
  • Exchange information about members’ interests and work relating to the Hub topic.
  • Discuss and prioritize research themes
  • Review and discuss Hub Terms of Reference and concept note
  • Updates on faith in relation to ending violence  in the context  of current policy environment
  • Discuss how the hub will work together and next steps


The Ending Violence Against Children Hub is a part of the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities Learning Hubs, which narrow the focus of enquiry about evidence for faith groups’ activities and contributions to community wellbeing to selected sub-topics. For more information, see the Ending Violence Against Children Hub draft Terms of Reference and concept note. For any questions or more information please contact [email protected]

The JLI GBV Hub is hoping to gauge the interested persons in the participation in SVRI Forum in Rio, September 18-21.

SVRI is a space for the gathering of researchers and practitioners working in the area of SGBV. SVRI Forum 2017 will provide a platform for showcasing research and innovation in the field enabling participants to learn about new and tested interventions on how to end sexual violence, intimate partner violence and child abuse and maltreatment. The SVRI Forum 2017 will have various participation modalities including but not limited to: abstract-driven presentations to meetings, plenary and networking sessions, poster presentations, parallel events.

September 19, 2017 

Faith and GBV Panel: at 11:30am  (venue: COPACABANA)

Chair: Veena O’Sullivan

  • Faith engagement as a factor in women’s empowerment and IPV: findings from a quantitative household survey in Ituri Province, DRC- Maggie Sandilands, E. le Roux, R. Jewkes, U. Baghuma Lele, N.Scott
  • Listening to male survivors of church sexual abuse: voices from survivors of Sodalicio abuses in Peru- David Tombs
  • Faith and responses to sexual violence in displacement: understanding the needs and experiences of Colombian faith leaders- Ivón Natalia Cuervo Fernández, A. Pineda, L. Cadavid, E. le Roux, L. Rojas-Flores
  • Cutting-edge research: evidence to support engaging men in ending FGM in Egypt- Fatma El-Zanaty, A. Fahmy, S. El Feki

at 16:00 – 18:00 (Venue: Botafogo)

Hosted by: JLI SGBV Hub

Faith plays a powerful influence on the lives of communities including survivors. Spiritual healing or well-being is a key aspect of the overall wellbeing of survivors as expressed by them so there is a real need to explore ways in which the global community explores, understands and works with faith in SGBV. Efforts are needed to promote partnerships between faith groups and other key stakeholders including researchers to begin to explore the role of faith in SGBV prevention and response.

As a process of bridging the gap between faith groups and other key stakeholders this session seeks to highlight the following: Share and discuss findings from Tearfund research on the role of faith in prevention and response to SGBV; Present an overview of evidence for faith groups’ activity and contribution to SGBV prevention and care, based on JLI SGBV Scoping Study; Understand the faith language, expressions and the real meaning of the same; Explore the mechanisms and approaches for developing good practice standards for faith response to SGBV; Identify key learning and tools to work with faith communities, and what additional tools are needed; and Launch the JLI SGBV Learning Hub.

September 20, 2017 at 14:30 (venue: LEME)

Faith and VAW

Chair: Chi-Chi Undie

  • The perspectives and experiences of sexual violence of internally displaced people in Colombian faith communities Laura Cadavid, E. le Roux, L. Rojas-Flores, C. Monsalve
  • Exploring the nexus between harmful traditional practices, sexual and gender-based violence and religion: working effectively with faith leaders Elisabet le Roux, B. Bartelink
  • Combating stigma against rape survivors and children born of rape in armed conflict: the role of faith leaders and youth Erica Hall
  • Masculinité, famille et foi intervention – Passages project Francesca Quirke, P. Deepan, T. Shand, C. McLarnon-Silk
  • Political Islam, perceived male disadvantage and wife abuse in rural Bangladesh Ruchira Tabassum Naved, A. Talukder, T. Prasad Gupta, V. Le Masson, K. Yount. F. Samuels

September 21, 2017 at 11:30 am (venue: COPACABANA)

Science Pitches: Faith, Harassment & Responses

Chair: Tirhani Mangani

  • Their priority, our challenge: qualitative research on survivor perspectives across nine countries Veena O’Sullivan
  • Tradition or religion- a potent mix Sabine Nkusi, A.Diallo
  • Coercion, conflation, compassion: can faith leaders prevent violence against women and girls Kirsten Laursen Muth
  • From Bangladesh to India: scaling up workplace intervention against VAWG in factories in South Asia Marat Yu, A. Bergstrom, J. Wan
  • Born to be free: an Asia-Pacific study of interventions to address violence against women and girls in public spaces Emma Fulu, M. Alvarado
  • Mapping for policy: a “whole journey” approach to tackling sexual harassment and sexual violent victimization in public transit Y. Irvin-Erickson, Ammar Malik, F. Kamiran, M. Natarajan, J. Zweig
  • Electronic sexual coercion and sexual violence among adolescent girls in San Diego County Marissa Salazar, J.G. Silverman, A. Raj, M. Rusch, E. Reed
  • Experiencing sexual harassment by males and associated substance use and poor mental health outcomes among adolescent girls in the US Elizabeth Reed, M. Salazar, J. Silverman, A. Behar, M. Rusch, N. Agah, A. Raj
  • Barriers and facilitators to integrating health service responses to intimate partner violence in low and middle income countries. A comparative health systems and service analysis Manuela Colombini
  • Shipwrecked on an island: women’s experiences accessing health services when they have experienced both sexual violence and mental health problems Kelsey Hegarty, L. Tarzia
  • Transforming health outcomes of mothers and children exposed to domestic violence into applications for smart phones that offer rapid assessment and triage for services Judith McFarlane
  • Routine enquiry about intimate partner violence in antenatal care. Two qualitative studies that explore women and midwives perspective Lena Henriksen, L. Garnweidner-Holme, M. Solheim, K.K. Thorsteunsen, M. Lukasse
  • Violence perpetration against female sex workers in Thailand: contextual data for intervention development and trauma-informed delivery of health services Jennifer Sherwood, D. Phuengsamran, L. Koenig, A. Wirtz, S. Janyam, M. Decker
  • A qualitative evaluation of an intersectoral intervention for intimate partner violence in a rural sub-district of South Africa K. Rees, V. Zweigenthal, Kate Joyner
  • Evaluating multi-sectoral responses to sexual violence against women: understanding integration models in resource poor settings Ruth Nekura
  • Responding to sexual and gender based violence through integrated sexual and reproductive health service delivery in Palestine A. Stavridis, Shamazat Babar
  • Speaking of justice: the significance of silence, recognition, communication and memory upon the impact of unwanted sexual experiences Colleen Moore
  • When the health system has collapsed due to a crisis, how to provide life-saving services to GBV survivors? Lessons learnt from CAR Aurélie Leroyer, Chloé Roger, S. Simon
  • Norms around intimate partner violence among women and men, and intersections with IPV and HIV services: new evidence from a large population-based sample in South Africa A. Gottert, J. Pulerwitz, Nicole Haberland, S.A. Lippman, K. Kahn, A. Julien, A. Selin, R. Twine, D. Peacock, A. Pettifor


For more information on the program see here

The International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID) is seeking applications from education professionals that train future religious leaders to take part in the 2018 KAICIID International Fellows Programme. The Programme gathers religious teachers from around the world for in-person and online training in dialogue, mediation and promoting social cohesion that will bring the Fellows to Vienna to teach dialogue, become active facilitators and leaders in dialogue and be advocates for peace in their communities.

Set to commence in January 2018, the International Fellows Programme will support the Fellows development so they can develop and implement small-scale local and international projects during the course of the programme. There will also be opportunities to organize and attend dialogues, lectures, field visits and conferences

The deadline for applications is 31 July 2017.

Apply on their website

Keeping Faith in 2030: Religions and the Sustainable Development Goals

Network convenors 
  • Professor Emma Tomalin, Centre for Religion and Public Life, University of Leeds   [email protected]
  • Dr Jörg Haustein, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, [email protected]
  • Shabanna Kidy, Islamic Relief Academy (non-academic project partner)

New Website

First network event: FBO Workshop on Religions and the Sustainable Development Goals

On Monday 13th February 2017, Islamic Relief Academy and the University of Leeds held a workshop in Birmingham, UK. Around 25 participants came together to network and discuss research priorities on religions and the SDGs, representing a mixture of academic and non-governmental organisations, including Islamic Relief, and academic partners from India and Ethiopia.

Questions addressed in the workshop included:

    • Did your organisation have a role in the consultation process to define the SDGs? What were some of the strengths and challenges of the process?
    • To what extent do you feel that religious voices were enabled to be heard in the consultation process and with what effect?
    • To what extent and in what ways are you now beginning to interpret and implement the SDGs in your work?
    • Do you feel the SDGs provide a useful framework to tackle ‘sustainable development’ globally? What are the opportunities and limitations of the SDGs?

Participants discussed the opportunities and challenges presented by Agenda 2030 and discussed current research gaps in the area. As part of the network’s agenda, conferences will be held in these Ethiopia and India over the course of the next eighteen months, with opportunities for country specific consultations to take place. The Network also intends to publish an edited volume and launch a policy paper in the UK Houses of Parliament within the next year and a half.

Notes from Birmingham UK meeting

The next event organised by the network will be held on 24th February 2017 at the University Bath to discuss methodology, religion, and development. More details can be found below.

Methodological Challenges of Researching Religion


Announcing a new religion and sustainable development network – funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council in the UK – which involves academics and faith-based development actors. The network aims to enhance international exchange about the role of religions in defining, implementing, and safeguarding ‘sustainable development’, as codified in the UN ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDGs).
Religion is a major cultural, social, political, and economic factor in many ODA recipient countries, which is why understanding the local religious dynamics and the role of faith actors is crucial for sustainable development. While development practice and development studies had essentially subscribed to a modernist, secular paradigm of social change for much of the 20th century, this has begun to change. Greater portions of development aid are now channelled via so-called faith-based initiatives or organisations, and religion is increasingly recognised as a human resource rather than just an obstacle to development. Many religious groups have also been involved perceptibly in development policy, by adopting and heralding the Millennium Development Goals and through consultations in the drafting of the new SDGs.
To join their Religions and Development mailing list, sign up here:

July 12, 2017

Convened by the Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations and the UN Interagency Task Force on Religion and Development (Chaired by UNFPA) in partnership with the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities.

HE Ambassador David Donoghue, Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations, and Dr Azza Karam, UN Interagency Task Force on Religion and Development will be co-moderating.

Jean Duff will be representing JLI on a panel addressing faith-based partnerships to support achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The panel will also include JLI Board Member Anwar Khan, Islamic Relief USA.

Click below for more details:

Faith-Based Partnerships: Vehicles for Achieving the SDGs

Ahimsa – Global Health, Social Entrepreneurship and Faith- inspired Communities

International meeting on Global Health, Social Entrepreneurship and Faith Inspired Communities hosted by Ahimsa in Annecy France
The goals of the Ahimsa Forum conferences are to instigate change and implement innovative global health projects that are accessible to the poor and to create an international network of communities.
JLI represented by Jean Duff. Jean spoke in the first session on Health for All and distinct assets faith communities offer.

Satellite Session on June 30

Engagement Of Faith-Inspired Communities In Local And National Health System Governance 

Objectives of the session

Engage a discussion with and among faith-inspired communities and faith-based organizations on the governance capacities and the changing roles of ministries of health in the 21st Century.

The session will seek to respond to the following questions:

  1. How do faith-based organizations see the role of the ministry of health in the country: what do they expect from the ministry of health and are these expectations fulfilled? Why?
  1. How do faith-based organizations position themselves with regard the ministry of health in the country? What are the opportunities for collaboration and dialogue and what are the challenges?
  1. How can faith-based organizations best play their role in health systems governance? Should they use their position to voice specific concerns? What obstacles do they face in this action?


  • Maryam Bigdeli, Health System Adviser at the Department of Health System Governance and Financing at WHO
  • Gerard Schmets, Coordinator of the Health Systems Governance, Policies and Aid Effectiveness Unit at WHO

June 14-16th

This year’s Annual Consultations with NGOs focused on continued development of the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework. The CRRF calls for greater support to refugees and the countries that host them by involving multiple agencies and partners working in a joined up way to facilitate acceptance, protection, integration and where possible and appropriate resettlement or return.

Various speeches and discussions referenced the role of faith leaders and communities as agents to enable refugees to become included in society and build new lives as well as receiving acceptance by host communities.  However questions still remain as to how this would be facilitated or case studies of where it had been utilized in practice in the Global South.

JLI Member Atallah Fitzgibbon, Islamic Relief Worldwide & a representative from WCC spoke alongside social media spokespeople at a side event on xenophobia about the role of faith leaders in providing leadership in tackling xenophobia.  Yasmina Filali from the Orient-Occident Foundation in Morocco also talked about the role of cultural encounters as a way of breaking down barriers and prejudice.

See UNHCR Website for