Copenhagen May 2019

JLI, in its role as a PaRD Knowledge Partner, attended the PaRD General Assembly of Members in Copenhagen to report to the PaRD workstreams on study progress as well as share JLI Hub and Project work.

JLI is currently supporting evidence building for the workstreams on  Health – SDG 3Gender Equality and Empowerment – SDG 5and Sustaining Peace – SDG 16. JLI Research Advisor, Susanna Trotta, President, Jean Duff and Senior Programs and Knowledge Manager, Stacy Nam attended and reported to the workstreams in parallel sessions. Members agreed to start new working groups in capacity building and Environment, Water and Climate Action. JLI looks forward to aligning the JLI climate webinars and evidence building with the working group.

Jean Duff, JLI President, reporting on JLI-PaRD Workstream Studies in plenary on May 2


JLI presented in the open sessions on both days on three themes:

  1. UNICEF Faith for Social Behavior Change Initiative
  2. Refugees and Forced Migration Hub and accompanying policy work on related to the Global Compact on Refugees and Local Humanitarian Leadership-see the upcoming Beirut Event
  3. Ending Violence Against Children Study. to be launched soon. stay tuned for launch webinar details

Read more about the sessions on the PaRD website here

Date(s) - 18/06/2019
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Issam Fares Institute, American University of Beirut, Hamra


You are invited to join the Local Humanitarian Leadership: Beirut Seminar

Co-Hosts: World Vision, The Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities, The Middle East Council of Churches, KAICIID, Interreligious Platform for Dialogue and Cooperation in the Arab World, ACT Alliance and Islamic Relief Worldwide.


Goal: to advance multi-stakeholder partnerships to implement the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR)

Participants:  National and regional Humanitarian Policymakers, national and local FBOs, national and regional academics

For more information, contact Aya Moghrabi, 961-4-40198/1/3, [email protected], or Rima Alshawkani, [email protected]

Please register below

أنت مدعو للانضمام إلى القيادة الإنسانية المحلية: ندوة بيروت

المضيفون: الرؤية العالمية، مبادرة التعليم المشترك حول التجمعات العقائدية والمحلية، مجلس كنائس الشرق الأوسط، منصة الحوار والتعاون بين القيادات والمؤسسات الدينية المتنوعه في العالم العربي، الاغاثة الاسلامية ACT Alliance ،KAICIID

(GCR) الهدف: لتقدم الشراكات بين أصحاب المصلحة المتعددين لتنفيذ الاتفاق العالمي للاجئين

المشاركون:  صناع السياسات الإنسانية الوطنية والإقليمية، والمنظمات الدينية الوطنية والمحلية، والأكاديميين الوطنيين و الإقليميين

 [email protected] ، 961-4-40198/1/3 ،لمزيد من المعلومات يرجى الاتصال ب: ايه مغرابي

 [email protected] أو ريما الشوكاني

يرجى التسجيل أدناه




New Partnerships Initiative from USAID announced. This will enable partner countries to plan, resource, and manage their own development through strengthened capacity and commitment—this is both the essence of the Journey to Self-Reliance and a key rationale for diversifying the USAID partner base.

The New Partnerships Initiative (NPI) will allow USAID to work with a more diverse range of partners and provide more entry points for organizations to work with the Agency. The principles behind NPI are outlined in the Agency’s first-ever Acquisition and Assistance (A&A) Strategy.

Under NPI, USAID will engage new and underutilized partners through a series of solicitations designed to help countries be self-reliant and meet the needs of their people.

Read about the initiative here

Date(s) - 15/05/2019
8:30 am - 11:30 am

Notre Dame Keough School of Global Affairs, Washington Office


Join the Notre Dame South Asia Group for two panel discussions exploring religion, public policy, and development—at a critical time when the Rohingya refugee crisis destabilizes Myanmar and Bangladesh, and the ongoing elections in India highlight the rise of Hindu nationalism in the world’s largest democracy.

8:30-9:00 a.m.
Registration and Refreshments
9:00–10:00 a.m.
The Rohingya Crisis: Integrating Religion with Policy
10:30–11:30 a.m.
The Role of Religion in South Asian Elections: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal

By Jean Duff

April 25, 2019

Local faith communities are often first responders on the frontlines of meeting daily basic needs. But like refugees and migrants, faith-based organizations can face discrimination.

It’s time to include faith-based organizations, and respect local faith communities for who they often are — key participants on the frontlines of global refugee and migrant response.

Click here to read the opinion article.

Community Resilience Need of the Hour in Sri Lanka

The Congress of Religions, is heartbroken at the attacks on churches and other public areas in Colombo and other parts of the country on 21sr April 2019, during the Holy Day of Easter. Such attacks on Places of Worship during a time of prayer doesn’t speak to the dialogical nature of faith and spirituality that represents our country and that has existed between communities for centuries.

The Congress of Religions calls on everyone to observe, Saturday 24th April, as a day of remembrance, prayer, meditation and reflection, in solidarity with all people and communities affected.

Read the Media Release here

You are invited to provide feedback to the outcome document of the Workshop on HIV among Migrants and Refugees: Strengthening collaboration among faith-based organizations, multi-lateral organizations, governments, and civil society in addressing HIV risk, provision of services, and advocacy that took place on 20-21 February 2019.
The Road Map is now ready to be implemented! You are invited to circulate it within your networks.
Please, regularly share your achievements and information on the actions you are undertaking with [email protected].
Shared by Jacek Tyzko, Senior Advisor, Faith Engagement, UNAIDS on behalf of Francesca Merico, World Council of Churches, HIV Campaign Coordinator, on behalf of the planning team (UNAIDS, PEPFAR, WHO, NGO PCB Delegation, UNHCR, IOM, Anglican Communion, ICMC, WCC-EAA)

On April 23rd, 2019, JLI held a webinar on faith-based climate programs. This is the first webinar of a four part series that is structured around the domains in which JLI aims to draw from and have an impact: practice, policy, and academia.

The webinar was convened by Dr. Olivia Wilkinson, JLI Director of Research


Gopal Patel: Director of the Bhumi Project, a joint-initiative of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies and GreenFaith

  • Presentation: Rise to Shine: The role of Indian Religious Institutions in Closing the Energy
    Access Gap [0.30 -17.00]
  •  Learn about a survey of 30 faith organisations in India to map current work and programs on renewable energy and partnerships

Chantal Elkin: Director of the Wildlife Programme at the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC)

  • Presentation: Islamic Approaches to Conservation in Indonesia (17.00 -36.00]
  • Overview Indonesia’s work with Muslim Leaders and climate change especially with the national Islamic authority (MUI) which is made of 800,000 mosques and 80,000 Islamic schools work. Current work through training and increasing the knowledge of local leaders in conservation issues and fatwas.

Stephen Tasker: Country Director, Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), Solomon Islands

  • Presentation: Model Community Development Program: Working with a local faith community on climate change adaptation in the context of a model community development program [36.00]
  • Case study on the South Sea Evangelical Church integrated development programme to reduce climate change in the Solomon Islands.





In October 2018, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published a special report on Global Warming of 1.5˚C, which is predicted by 2030-2052 which is predicted by 2030-2052. This warming will cause sea level rise, drought, and other effects that will have impacts on people worldwide. The effects will be even more severe if there is global warming of 2˚C. There is an urgent need to curb anthropogenic emissions that are causing these long-lasting effects on the earth’s climate system.

Local faith communities are already heavily impacted by climate change. They are also increasingly involved in the action on climate change, bringing religious motivations to understandings of stewardship and care for our planet. Faith-based NGOs are working to mitigate climate change, help climate change adaptation in communities, and mobilize and faith communities towards advocacy for change, as well as implementing climate-sensitive ways of operating in their humanitarian and development operations. Yet much remains to be done in the humanitarian and development fields where the climate is frequently acknowledged as one of the most pressing issues of our time but little has changed from the status quo.

JLI is an international collaboration committed to convening academics, practitioners, and policymakers to examine the research and evidence on the role of religion in humanitarian and development aid. In the past year, many members have asked us to consider topics such as climate change, climate justice, the environment, and ecology as future interests for a possible Learning Hub.

We recognize that there is already a lot of work and research in the area of faith and climate. We believe that the JLI’s convening mechanisms can offer added value by focusing in on the specific intersections of climate, faith-based international humanitarian and development work, and a focus on research and evidence.

Date(s) - 25/04/2019
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Ronald Reagan Building


The U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), in collaboration with the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Center for Faith & Opportunity Initiatives, cordially invite you to a World Malaria Day Faith Roundtable
Learn how the U.S. Government, through PMI, partners with the faith community to enhance U.S. malaria investments and deliver lifesaving malaria interventions.
Thursday, April 25, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.*
USAID Point IV Conference Room on the Sixth Floor, Ronald Reagan Building
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.
(Please use the main street entrance to USAID on 14th Street)
RSVP to [email protected] with your full name and organizational affiliation.
*Please arrive no later than 2:30 p.m. to allow time to pass through security and registration.
A government-issued photo ID is required for entry into the building. Non-US citizens require an official government-issued passport from their country of residence.
One representative from each organization is invited to attend.
The following conference call line will be open for those unable to attend in person:
USA Toll-Free: (888) 330-1716 | USA Caller Paid/International: (713) 353-7024
Access Code: 2433309


Date(s) - 14/05/2019 - 15/05/2019
All Day

Keough School of Global Affairs


A conference hosted by the Keough School of Global Affairs

South Asia is home to all of the world’s major religions, which play an integral role in life on the sub-continent. Please join us as we examine the complex and contentious relationship between religion and public life in South Asia. How and when can religion play a positive role in enhancing human development? Where can it can be an inhibiting factor for public policy implementation? In addition to paper presentations, the conference will feature panels on the Rohingya refugee crisis and the role of religion in South Asian elections.

For more information please email Maura Policelli, executive director of the Keough School’s Washington Office, at [email protected].