The Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities (JLI) is pleased to announce a research collaboration “Bridging the Gap: The role of local faith actors in humanitarian response,” funded by the Belgian Government for Development Cooperation.

This new 12-month project (1/10/18 – 30/09/19) in South Sudan is a partnership with Tearfund Belgium, Tearfund United Kingdom, Islamic Relief Worldwide, RedR UK, and Leeds University.

The project seeks to bridge the gap in localization dialogues by facilitating the engagement of faith actors and non-faith actors in first line humanitarian response through workshops. The project looks to increase understanding, trust, coordination, and collaboration between partners and increase the knowledge on localization processes through understanding partnership models and mapping actors involved in humanitarian assistance in South Sudan.

Project activities will include capacity and skills building for local faith actors with ongoing coaching and networking, and opportunities for local partner grants. The project will also address knowledge and awareness of local faith actors among the broader humanitarian system once completed.


Project contact:

Paul Johnston, Tearfund UK: [email protected]

For further information about the research contact:

Professor Emma Tomalin, University of Leeds: [email protected]

Dr. Olivia Wilkinson, JLI: [email protected]

Date(s) - 25/02/2019 - 01/03/2019
All Day

Mont FEBE of Yaoundé


The 9th Biennial Conference 2019 will be held at Mont FEBE of Yaoundé, Cameroon in February 25-March 1, 2019.

The theme of the Biennial conference is Re-igniting Primary Health Care: The role of ACHAP.

The Biennial conference will explore the following topics:

  • Promotion of FBO-government partnerships at country, sub-regional and regional levels.
  • Strengthening Faith-based Health Systems of care that include PHC towards UHC
  • Exploring Financing models for PHC
  • Increasing visibility and advocacy leverages

See the 2019 Biennial Conference Prospectus here

To register for the conference, click here



Date(s) - 16/01/2019
9:00 am - 10:00 am


In 2016 the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) funded World Vision to work with communities in DRC, Uganda and South Sudan over two years to change attitudes, promote community acceptance of survivors and children born of rape, and improve locally managed systems to prevent and respond to sexual violence. The project focused on working with multiple stakeholders, including faith leaders, youth leaders and women’s groups. After the project concluded, a study was conducted in July 2018 in South Sudan and found that there had been changes to attitudes and practices related to sexual violence at individual and community level, specifically for survivors and children born of rape.

We invite you to join this joint Disaster Management, Peacebuilding and Faith & Development webinar to hear about the project/case study, the impact it had and discuss how this applies to our work.

Meeting number: 825 157 011
Meeting password: SouthSudan1
Meeting link

The JLI Peace & Conflict Hub in 2018 looked at ‘what’s next’ for the JLI Peace & Conflict hub, in particular if there was a way to have a face to face meeting of members in order to facilitate sharing of learning and evidence. Unfortunately, the fundraising for such an event was unsuccessful and therefore as co-chairs feel that it is now time to formally close the hub. If additional funds are found, an in-person workshop or meeting could be possible, see the attached concept note.

We would like to celebrate the activities the hub has managed to do, most notably the scoping paper!

The JLI’s work on peace and conflict will continue through support of the PaRD SDG 16 workstream and will draw on the work of the hub to inform that. Please let Stacy know if you are interested in being involved.

On behalf of the JLI Peace & Conflict Hub Co-Chairs

Dr Alpaslan Ozerdem, Dr Christopher Shannahan, Lucy Salek and Sarah Pickwick


Generously funded by the European Commission Department for International Cooperation and Development, the project, titled “The Roles of Faith and Local Faith Communities in Supporting Refugees” aims to examine the ways in which local communities provide different forms of support to, and advocate for the protection of refugees in Honduras, Mexico, Uganda, Germany, and Lebanon.

JLI and UNHCR just released the case studies on local faith community-led responses to refugees in Honduras: CASM – Mennonite Social Action Committee , Mexico -La 72, Uganda -Lutheran World Federation, Germany -Refugee’s Church,  and Lebanon -MERATH . The project collaborators include Dr. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh at University College London and Atallah Fitzgibbon at Islamic Relief Worldwide, the co-chairs of the JLI Refugee and Forced Migration Learning Hub. Dr. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh and Dr. Olivia Wilkinson, JLI Research Director.



Further project activities will continue in 2019 focusing on developing training and online modules for piloting to raise awareness between local faith actors and international partners.

For more information see the JLI UNHCR project  or contact Dr. Olivia Wilkinson at [email protected]

Date(s) - 09/07/2019 - 18/07/2019
All Day

UN Headquarters


UN HLPF, July 9th – 18th, 2019 in New York City, United States.

The High-level Political Forum is the UN’s central platform for follow-up and review of the SDGs. It provides for the full and effective participation of all States Members and States Members of specialized agencies. The 2019 theme will be “Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”. The set of goals to be reviewed in depth are SDGs 4, 8, 10, 13, 16 and 17.

High Level Political Forum

Date(s) - 30/04/2019 - 03/05/2019
All Day



Members of PaRD are governmental entities, intergovernmental entities and religious and value-driven CSOs that work together towards prioritized areas of work to engage the social capital vested in faith communities for sustainable development and humanitarian assistance. PaRD members meet at least once a year (PaRD General Assembly of Members) followed by work-stream meetings.

International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development will hold their 2019 Member Assembly April 30 – May 3, 2019.

For more information


Date(s) - 10/03/2019
9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Tribeca Performing Arts Center (Borough of Manhattan Community College)


This year’s priority themes of the UN Commission on the Status of Women are social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.

NGO CSW 63 Forum Consultation Day will be held on Sunday March 10th 2019 from 9:00AM-3:30PM at Tribeca-Performing Arts Center (Borough of Manhattan Community College), 199 Chambers St, New York, NY 10007.

NGO CSW 63 Forum Consultation Day

Register here