Date/Time
Date(s) - 13/03/2020
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Location
Permanent Mission of Finland

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In 2020, the global community will celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. The Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda will also reach the five year mark, making 2020 a milestone year for the global community to address gender equity. The sixty-fourth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from March 9th to March 20th, 2020 with Member States, UN entities, and NGOs from all around the world.

The Network will contribute to these milestones by highlighting the important role religious and traditional leaders play in eradicating gender-based violence in their communities through mediation. Links between ending violence against women and sustaining peace have been demonstrated repeatedly in research, yet the peacebuilding community often struggles in finding practical means for engaging gender in mediation, especially within religious contexts and with faith-based leaders and organizations. Women peacemakers who come from conflict affected and fragile contexts bring an important perspective into their mediation strategies and discussions around sustainable peace.

Register here. 

Date/Time
Date(s) - 10/03/2020
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location
Food Arts Center

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The high-level side event will call on all faith-based actors to ‘get their own house in order’, to fight against religious fundamentalism, to promote comprehensive approaches to gender justice, and to push for a holistic implementation of all human rights. This might entail the following:

• Share specific examples and learning from those working with/as faith actors on development issues

• Discuss concerns raised by women’s rights groups which are demanding a holistic approach to human rights that leaves no one behind

• Build alliances between religious and secular actors to push back against the push back

• Identify strategic areas for collaboration to ensure that the commitment to the Beijing Platform for Action is a core part the delivery of a multi-stakeholder approach to Agenda 2030 which puts SDG 5 and women’s rights core and centre.

Register here. 

On February 19th 2020, JLI’s Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, & Learning Hub (MEAL) hosted a learning exchange webinar in which Subodh Kumar from Food for the Hungry presented on lessons learned from building organizational EL&A culture. Watch here:

Join the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Working Group (MEAL WG). Each month, the group will host a learning exchange on MEAL and local faith actors. Learn more about the group and register here.

On February 13, 2020, JLI held a webinar where Dr. Olivia J. Wilkinson discusses her book: “Secular and Religious Dynamics in Humanitarian Response.”

 

Her book investigates the ways in which the humanitarian system is secular and understands religious beliefs and practices when responding to disasters. The book teases out the reasons why humanitarians are reluctant to engage with what are seen as “messy” cultural dynamics within the communities they work with, and how this can lead to strained or broken relationships with disaster-affected populations and irrelevant and inappropriate disaster assistance that imposes distant and relatively meaningless values.

Secular and Religious Dynamics in Humanitarian Response: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Click here to register and view the list of upcoming webinars

Date/Time
Date(s) - 26/02/2020
9:00 am

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Following the Ending Violence Against Children Hub publication of the scoping study, the Hub will be leading a series of discussions to look deeper at key themes within the study.

 

The first discussion will feature Selina Palm, Stellenbosh University on Spiritual Capital.

 

Register here 

 

The remaining topics will be interfaith initiatives, child participation and more to be announced shortly.

This studentship is funded by the UCL, Bloomsbury and East London Doctoral Training Partnership (UBEL DTP), in collaboration with World Vision International.

Subject areas: Cities, Environment and Development (pathway: International Development), with a component of Social Processes, Relations and Policy (Psychosocial Studies)

This PhD student will support World Vision’s development of expertise on family-based child nurture through exploring the interconnections between concerns of the heart with material aspects of wellbeing, through the joint lens of faith and positive parenting. The studentship will contribute substantively to the global body of knowledge about how to achieve SDG3 with its focus on well-being, and the role that different civil society actors can play in engaging with complex issues facing development Professionals today.

Contact: You are encouraged to contact Dr. Kathryn Kraft, [email protected], for an informal discussion about the project and your proposal before submitting an application via the online system.

Eligibility: This studentship is available to UK and EU nationals who have established UK residency

Deadline: March 6, 2020

Please click here for more information and how to apply

The Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities is recruiting a Chief Executive Officer. The CEO implements the vision and direction of the JLI Board and provides leadership to, oversight and day to day management of the JLI organization. The CEO supports JLI staff and network production and communication of excellent evidence and serves as JLI primary representative in national and international fora. He/ She advocates for excellence in evidence, new approaches and new partnerships for scaled-up faith engagement in development and humanitarian response.

The CEO’s responsibilities include:

  • manage JLI finances, operations, and human resources;
  • grow the organization through opening new business opportunities, fundraising and marketing programmatic work;
  • position JLI as a strategic knowledge partner in the religion and development space;
  • gather and communicate high-quality evidence for faith groups’ activities and contributions to policymakers, practitioners, donors and secular entities in support of scaled up engagement of faith actors in development and humanitarian response;
  • build and leverage joint learning exchanges and communities within the JLI Board, Learning Hubs, and guide their partnerships and their influential advocacy;
  • develop strong working relationships with JLI Board and AG members to facilitate whole of JLI response, and deliver value to members

The JLI CEO reports to the Chair of the JLI Board and manages a small staff and consultants working both in Washington, DC and globally. Much of the work takes place virtually. Salary is dependent on experience and qualifications.

A full position description can be found here. Expressions of interest should be sent to [email protected] on or before February 7, 2020.

Date/Time
Date(s) - 18/03/2020
9:30 am - 11:00 am

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The JLI new Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Learning Hub will provide structure and support for learning exchange on MEAL with and for local faith actors. Specifically, the aim of the group will be to consider MEAL between international actors and local faith actors, taking into account existing issues, and aiming to compile good practice examples to be of use to a broad humanitarian and development audience. Learn more about the MEAL hub here

Join the Faith and MEAL Hub here

 

March Agenda

  • Review good practices
  • Learning Exchange: tba

 

If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

Date/Time
Date(s) - 19/02/2020
9:30 am - 10:30 am

Categories


The JLI new Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Learning Hub will provide structure and support for learning exchange on MEAL with and for local faith actors. Specifically, the aim of the group will be to consider MEAL between international actors and local faith actors, taking into account existing issues, and aiming to compile good practice examples to be of use to a broad humanitarian and development audience. Learn more about the MEAL hub here

Join the Faith and MEAL Hub here

 

Agenda

  • Review good practices call and discuss dissemination and any queries
  • Learning Exchange: Subodh Kumar, Food for the Hungry

 

If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

We recognize that academics and researchers working on topics related to religions, humanitarianism, and development are spread across disciplines and geographies. To help our collective sharing and learning in this area, the JLI will host an online reading group to bring academics and researchers together to share our latest research with each other.

We welcome all those currently working on research related to the topics in the group’s title, from Ph.D. students to senior academics and those working as independent researchers. We will meet virtually for one hour on a monthly basis. At each meeting, an academic/researcher will present one of their papers (circulated to the group beforehand) and another participant will respond as a discussant. There will then be time for discussion and updates/announcements from the group.

Please click here to sign up for the group

The first group will be on 13th Feb at 9am ET/2pm GMT/3pm CET where Olivia Wilkinson, JLI Director of Research, will kick start proceedings to demonstrate how the group will work by introducing her book on secularity in humanitarian response.

Please click here to view the event