Date(s) - 02/06/2020
9:00 am - 10:00 am


Hate speech, discrimination and xenophobia are on the rise due to the current pandemic, and governments and institutions are facing numerous challenges in tackling and addressing this issue. COVID-19 related hate speech has serious implications for minority communities. According to the United Nations, it increases the likelihood that they will be excluded politically and socially, deters them from seeking medical help, fosters isolation and stigmatisation and widens the gap for overall social and economic inequality. In extreme situations it can also trigger violence and atrocity crimes.

By focusing on the different challenges refugees and migrants are facing during the pandemic, this webinar will explore possible approaches to combat xenophobia, stigmatization and exclusion in different European countries. It will also combine insights from academic research and from grassroots work with refugees and migrants during COVID-19.

View the speakers and their biographies here

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Date(s) - 02/06/2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs

The COVID-19 emergency is disrupting the ongoing strategies and programs of leading international faith-inspired organizations. Many are responding directly to varying dimensions of the COVID-19 emergency while at the same time maintaining their focus on critical development priorities. This webinar will focus on how the pandemic challenges are seen across Asia-Pacific countries. What are the new programs and processes that respond to the current crisis? How are continuing programs faring? Has the promised effort to reimagine a post-COVID-19 world begun?

In this conversation, four leaders of faith-inspired development organizations (bios on the event page) will reflect on specific experiences, focusing on the particularly faith-inspired pieces of their work (for example, mobilization of faith communities for crisis response). This will add important perspectives to the Religious Responses to COVID-19 series, which has been examining religious adaptation to COVID-19 since early March. Dr. Olivia Wilkinson, director of research at the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities and a co-organizer of the project, will moderate the discussion.

This event will be recorded and the video will be posted to the event page after the event date.

Please RSVP here to this event at least 24 hours in advance of the event start time to receive the Zoom Webinar link.

A Iniciativa de Aprendizagem Conjunta para a Fé e as Comunidades Locais (JLI por suas siglas em Inglês) estão apoiando um Consórcio Internacional sobre Nutrir Valores e Espiritualidade na Primeira Infância para a Prevenção da Violência enquanto parceiro de conhecimento. Aprender com seu programa pode ajudar a influenciar outras organizações a integrar valores e espiritualidade em seu trabalho. A JLI sintetizará as evidências para ajudar a sugerir mais pesquisas e documentar estudos de caso priorizados.

Estamos buscando práticas e intervenções de projetos direcionadas às crianças de 0 a 8 anos, incluindo crianças portadoras de algum tipo de deficiência, com diversidade de género, e crianças que vivem em contextos mais frágeis. As práticas têm como objetivo mostrar como a espiritualidade é integrada nas intervenções na primeira infância e como esse fator pode contribuir para o desenvolvimento espiritual, melhores resultados na infância e prevenir e diminuir a violência contra crianças nos primeiros anos. As intervenções também podem mostrar como os líderes religiosos e as comunidades religiosas se mobilizam para desafiar as normas culturais e sociais que toleram a violência nos primeiros anos, contribuindo assim para a redução geral da violência.

Por favor reserve alguns minutos para responder a essas seis perguntas que pode encontrar abaixo e compartilhe quaisquer avaliações ou relatórios relevantes que possa ter.

Por favor envie até 22 de Maio de 2020.

Se tiver alguma questão, por favor envie um e-mail para [email protected]

Acerca do Consórcio Nutrindo o Desenvolvimento Espiritual de Crianças nos Primeiros Anos para a Prevenção da Violência


Ao completar este formulário você concorda que a JLI possa usar os estudos de caso no seu trabalho de disseminação de evidência, com devido reconhecimento da sua organização:
  • NomeOrganizaçãoPosiçãoE-mail
  • Data de inicio e fim
  • Se possível, inclua resultados que demonstrem as medidas numéricas e estatísticas do impacte do seu programa/projeto e também os resultados não numéricos/ descritivos.
  • Recomendações para boas práticas baseadas nos resultados deste estudo de caso. Pode incluir reflexão acerca de suas forças e fraquezas, as maiores coisas que mudaram ao longo do programa/projeto, o maior impacto do programa/projeto, e se os objetivos foram atingidos.
  • Por favor suba qualquer relatório de pesquisa, avaliações, fotos, infográficos, etc. que apoiem este estudo de caso.

Date(s) - 21/05/2020
9:00 am - 10:00 am


Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs

Each country faces different challenges as they confront the double crisis of COVID-19 infection and related economic and social shocks. In several East Asian countries this comes on top of tensions linked to rising nationalism and interreligious and interethnic divides. Religious beliefs and institutions are deeply engaged in supporting those directly affected by the pandemic, and in looking ahead towards recovery and promoting reforms as lessons from the crisis are learned.

Somboon Chungprampree (Khun Moo) is a Thai social activist working for peace and justice in Asia and supporting far-reaching religious and development networks, including by serving as executive secretary of the International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB). His colleague, K. V. Soon Vidyananda (Vidya), entrepreneur and Buddhist leader, and Khun Moo will join Berkley Center Senior Fellow Katherine Marshall in conversation to reflect on who is most vulnerable and what mechanisms are available, formal and informal, to support them. This webinar will explore the responses of religious communities in different countries, including how various communities have engaged with government authorities, the role of interreligious approaches, whether communities are responding with violence or peace, and how the politics and ethics of environmental challenges are affected by the crisis.

Please RSVP at least 24 hours in advance of the event start time to receive the Zoom Webinar link. This event will be recorded and the video will be posted to this page after the event date. Please RSVP to receive an alert once it is posted.

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On May 14, 2020, JLI held a webinar where Philipp Öhlmann presented on the first chapter of his book with Wilhelm Grab and Marie-Luise Frost, “African Initiated Christianity and Sustainable Development”. Ignatius Swart, University of the Western Cape, responded. Attendees participated in a discussion following the presentation.

Read the full volume of the book: African Initiated Christianity and the Decolonisation of Development – Sustainable Development in Pentecostal and Independent Churches

Click here to register and view the list of upcoming webinars


You are invited to participate in a new E-Course on Faith Sensitive Humanitarian Response: Mental Health & Psychosocial support.

The purpose of this new 1.5 hour training is to give the learner an introduction to faith-sensitive response to humanitarian emergencies, in order to strengthen culturally-sensitive and locally embedded assistance.

The module also aims at facilitating the collaboration between the humanitarian sector and local faith actors as well as an understanding of the relevance of faith to individuals’ and communities’ capacity to cope with mental health and psychosocial challenges in humanitarian emergencies.

What you can learn about:

  • What is faith sensitivity and how does it relate to familiar MHPSS modules and guidelines?
  • Faith sensitivity as an aspect of localisation of aid
  • Collaborating with local faith actors
  • Faith-sensitive assessment and planning
  • Faith-sensitive psychosocial programming



The training was developed in collaboration between the ACT Alliance, the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities (JLI), Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW), and the DCA Learning Lab.


The collaboraters are holding a webinar on the new online training tool on Faith-Sensitive Humanitarian Response Focus on MHPSS on June 3, 2020.

Click here to register for the webinar

Authors: Katherine Marshall and Olivia Wilkinson

In March 2020, the Religious Responses to COVID-19 project launched the “Faith and COVID-19: Resource Repository,” a digital platform that collects and communicates reliable information related to religious actors in the coronavirus crisis and response. The repository organizes resources so they can be quickly found and used by policymakers, development practitioners, and faith actors who seek to work together in the COVID-19 response. Since the repository was launched, we have seen a steady stream of new guidance documents prepared and published by a range of organizations and networks. Critical reflection on COVID-19 guidance for religious communities and leaders sheds further light on the complexities of faith engagement in the pandemic.

Faith guidance falls into three broad broad categories: guidance from religious institutions of different kinds, guidance from public health and international organizations, and guidance from faith-inspired organizations (like World Vision, Islamic Relief Worldwide, etc.). The early guidance addressed urgent issues of which the most notable were practices linked to gatherings and specific religious rituals. The guidance is progressively expanding to cover a wider range of topics including impact on specific groups (women, children) and related concerns (domestic violence).

From religious bodies, early examples from North America and Europe (such as the Muslim Council of Britain’s “Coronavirus Guidance for Mosques/Madrasas and Umrah Pilgrims” or the Massachusetts Council of Churches’ “Guidelines for Christian funerals during COVID-19“) were soon joined by guidance from other world regions (such as the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa’s “Guidelines on Safe Mass Gatherings“). Religious bodies also provide spiritual advice in connection to practical advice. Religions for Peace has collated some of the spiritual guidance materials across major religious traditions.

Another set of documents have been prepared (some with intensive consultations) by organizations including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO). Both have updated existing materials and published new guidance specifically directed to faith communities. The CDC has an “Interim Guidance Document” for community and faith-based organizations, as well as a checklist for religious leaders. WHO consulted with faith-based organizations and religious leaders to create their “Practical Considerations and Recommendations for Religious Leaders and Faith-Based Communities in the Context of COVID-19,” which is connected to a decision tree for when it is safe to hold religious gatherings. They have also published interim guidance on “Safe Ramadan Practices in the Context of the COVID-19.”

Several faith-inspired organizations have built on existing materials reflecting experience in previous epidemics and pandemics to provide guidance specific to COVID-19. Examples include Episcopal Relief and Development’s Faith-Based Response to Epidemics Platform and World Vision’s “COVID-19: Guidance for Faith Communities & Places of Worship.” Pre-COVID guidance documents focused on topics ranging from WASH (Water, Sanitation, Hygiene) and gender to Ebola that have particular relevance for the current crisis are linked to on the resource repository under Existing Teachings/Practices That Can Guide Response. New materials from faith-inspired organizations include Islamic Relief Worldwide’s guidance on safe religious practice for Muslim communities during the coronavirus pandemic.

The focus during this relatively early stage of the pandemic has been largely on adaptations to religious gatherings and practices, including funerals and burials, as it was here that the most immediate and often jarring changes were needed in response to the nature of COVID-19. Newer guidance materials are starting to pick up on important aspects to the crisis, such as gendered aspects (from the World Council of Churches and from the Network of Religious and Traditional Peacemakers), adaptations needed in low- and middle-income countries (from the Interfaith Health Program), and advice for governments in their faith engagement (from the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change).

We continue to monitor publication of guidance documents (and reactions to them), and the resource repository will be updated accordingly.

To receive a daily email highlighting important additions to the “Faith and COVID-19: Resource Repository,” sign up here.

The JLI is supporting the Consortium on Nurturing Values and Spirituality in Early Childhood for the Prevention of Violence as a knowledge partner. Learning from your program could help influence other organizations to integrate values and spirituality into their work. JLI will synthesize the evidence to help suggest further research and document prioritized case studies.

We are looking for practices and project interventions targeting children in the early years from 0 to 8 and including children with disabilities, boys & girls, children living in fragile environments; The practices aim to showcase how nurturing spirituality is integrated in early childhood interventions and how this factor can contribute to spiritual development, improved childhood outcomes and to preventing and decreasing violence against children in the early years. Interventions can also showcase how faith leaders and faith communities have mobilized to challenge cultural and social norms condoning violence in the early years, thus contributing to overall violence reduction.

Please take a few minutes to answer these six questions below and share any relevant evaluations or reports.

Please send your response by May 22, 2020

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


About The Consortium on Nurturing Values and Spirituality in Early Childhood for the Prevention of Violence

The Consortium on Nurturing Values and Spirituality in Early Childhood for the Prevention of Violence shares good practices and develops evidence-based and innovative approaches to nurture spiritual development in the early years. Launched in 2018, it brings together and fosters collaboration among civil society and faith-based organizations, religious communities, multilateral organizations, academia and individual experts.

In 2019, the Consortium conducted five roundtable discussions and mappings to identify good practices in Sri Lanka, India, Lebanon, Kenya and Brazil. The Consortium is now refining the learning from this into a toolkit on the spiritual development of children in the early years and your experience is invaluable.


By completing this form you agree that the JLI can use the case studies in its evidence dissemination work, with due recognition of your organization.
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  • Recommendations for good practices based on this case study findings. This might include reflection on its strengths and weaknesses, the main things that changed over the course of the program/project, the main impacts of the program/projects, and if the goals were achieved.
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The JLI Anti-Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Hub (AHT-MS), IAHT Network, the Rights Lab at Nottingham University, and Walk Free are partnering on a survey on how Covid-19 has affected responses to trafficking and unsafe migration.


The survey aims to:

  • Share promising practices among NGOs internationally in order to better serve survivors and at-risk populations
  • Inform advocacy, policy and funding priorities

Our plan is to use this as a baseline and then we’ll be able to collect further information in another few months’ time to see the changes in responses and issues. We know there are many surveys in circulation at the moment. This has been designed to be complementary to those surveys, not a duplication.

Please Respond by May 22



Date(s) - 06/05/2020
9:00 am - 10:00 am


According to UNICEF, an estimated 50 million children are on the move in the world today. Some are refugees or asylum seekers, others are internally displaced due to conflict and violence, and millions more have lost their homes in natural disasters.

In response, faith-based organizations have joined together through the Children on the Move coalition which works to end violence against refugee, immigrant and internally displaced children. During this webinar, experts from Arigatou International, Joint Learning Initiative’s head researcher Olivia Wilkinson and experts from World Vision International will look at the realities and challenges for children on the move, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This webinar will also look at the unique contributions of faith communities, such as providing spiritual support for children and their caregivers, offering protection and working to combat xenophobia, racism and discrimination

Learn more and register for the webinar here.


Dr. Olivia Wilkinson
Dr. Olivia Wilkinson is the Director of Research at the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities. She is a qualitative researcher with expertise in religion, secularism, and international humanitarian action and development. She has partnered with many different humanitarian and development organizations to produce research on topics including localization, refugee response, and peace and conflict. Her new book is called “Secular and Religious Dynamics in Humanitarian Response” and unpicks how secularity is one of many privileges and biases in the humanitarian system, making aid unfair and inappropriate

Andrea Kaufmann
Andrea Kaufmann is World Vision’s Senior Advisor for External Engagement, building faith-based partnerships to collaborate and advocate for fullness of life for children. Andrea is passionate about the unique and essential role of local faith communities for sustainable global humanitarian, development and advocacy work. Her experience includes grassroots development, partnerships with local faith actors, communications, program design, management and evaluation. She has also had the opportunity to learn from and with Channels of Hope practitioners and facilitators around the world.

Rebeca Rios-Kohn
Rebeca Rios-Kohn is a citizen of Uruguay and France with 30 years of experience working for the United Nations in the areas of international law, human rights, women and children’s rights. After receiving a Juris Doctor from the University of Richmond, in Virginia she practiced law in the states of Virginia and New York. Thereafter, she held senior level positions with UNICEF and United Nations Development Programme where she advocated for human rights rights policy issues with diverse policy-makers, government officials, parliamentarians, judges, and religious leaders. Ms. Rios-Kohn authored a number of articles and academic papers for law journals, developed studies and training materials on a wide range of subjects, and co-authored Protecting the World’s Children, a UNICEF publication (2007). During her tenure with the UN, she worked in over 30 countries leading advocacy initiatives promoting children’s rights and well-being. Since 2015 she is Director of Arigatou International New York Office, a not for profit organization working for children with headquarters in Japan and leads the initiative Prayer and Action for Children. She was one of the lead writers of the Faith and Children’s Rights: A Multi-religious Study on the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which was developed by Arigatou International in close collaboration with UNICEF and other partners, published in 2019 and available at:

Fred Nyabera
Fred Nyabera is the Director of the Interfaith Initiative to End Child Poverty at Arigatou International. He is a social scientist and a trained theologian with interest in development work. His skills and experience include intra- and interreligious dialogue & action, leadership development, peacebuilding and mediation. He has undertaken graduate and post graduate studies in Sociology, Anthropology, Divinity, Conflict Transformation and Organizational Leadership at the University of Nairobi, Union Biblical Seminary – India, Eastern Mennonites University, Virginia – U.S.A and Africa International University. Previously he served as a pastor at the Nairobi Baptist Church and Karen Community Church. He also served as the Executive Director of the Fellowship of Christian Councils and Churches in the Great Lakes and Horn of Africa – FECCLAHA (a regional peacebuilding NGO with membership in ten countries). He is a recipient of the, 2019 “Spirit of the United Nations.” The award is presented to members of the UN community including ambassadors, UN Staff, NGOs, and youth representatives ¬for upholding the founding spirit of the United Nations.

Renata Nelson

Renáta Nelson is the Coordination Officer, at the International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID) in Vienna, Austria. Ms. Nelson completed a BA with a major in Political Science with minor in Religion and History from Rutgers University in 2002 and a MA in International Studies from the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna in 2008. She has been working on programs and projects in intercultural and interreligious dialogue during her 6 years at KAICIID. Her particular focus has been the work on the implementation of the Plan of Action for Religious Leaders and Actors to Prevent Incitement to Violence in partnership with the UN Office on Genocide Prevention and leading the SDG16 work stream within the GIZ-launched Partnership for Religion and Sustainable Development. To-date Ms Nelson’s research has included research projects on interreligious dialogue, education, and the role of religious actors in contributing to the achievement of SDG16.