Date(s) - 29/04/2021
8:00 am


CCIH April 28-29: Webinar Series on Helping the Church Navigate COVID-19: Lessons from 2021

Results from a recent landscape analysis on COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and uptake in faith communities will be shared. We’ll explore:
  • How can we better engage faith communities in immunization? Experts will share key findings from a literature review and interviews with key informants in seven countries and with a number of international organizations with experience in multiple countries on faith engagement in immunization.
  • Evidence-based approaches to improve vaccine uptake in faith communities.
  • The way forward and recommendations for COVID-19 vaccine roll-out to optimize immunization uptake.

Supported by the USAID-funded project, MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership


  • Sara Melillo, Lead Researcher in the Vaccine Hesitancy Landscape Analysis, MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership
  • Dr. Chizoba Wonodi, Immunization Director, MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership
  • Moderator: Mark Chataway, Co-Owner and Founder of Hyderus/ Baird’s Communication Management Consultants

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Date(s) - 28/04/2021
9:00 am


CCIH April 28-29: Webinar Series on Helping the Church Navigate COVID-19: Lessons from 2021

Join the webinars on April 28 and 29 to learn how churches and faith-based organizations have been responding to COVID-19. We’ll explore what has worked well, what challenges still remain and how we can help churches and faith leaders encourage their communities to protect themselves through vaccination.
The Church and COVID-19 Response: A Discussion with Global and Country Health Leaders
  • Dr. Monde Mqhayi, Senior Manager in the Gauteng Department of Health and member of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa Women’s Manyano Wellness Committee.
  • Dr. Annelies Wilder-Smith, Professor of Emerging Infectious Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and visiting Professor at the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Singapore. She also serves as Consultant to the Initiative of Vaccine Research at the World Health Organization.
  • Jean Nyandwi, MA, Country Director for World Relief DRC. He has more than 18 years of senior leadership experience in International Christian NGOs.
  • The conversation will be moderated by Ruth Kayima, RDN, MPH,Health and Gender Coordinator for East Africa, World Renew. She is a co-chair of the CCIH Community-Based Prevention and Care Working Group.

This webinar was organized by the CCIH Community-Based Prevention and Care Working Group.

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The COVID-19 pandemic caused crises that have affected different groups and communities in different ways. In the best of times, inequalities between men and women are a major concern, and 2021 has seen related challenges grow, with new ones emerging. These challenges are seen through many lenses (politics, family, education, employment), including a lens of faith. That means narratives that religious communities, in all their diversity, use to describe the phenomena of women’s leadership, burdens of care, challenges to girls’ education, and rising domestic violence. Faith communities worldwide have responded in many cases with energy and compassion to immediate needs, but more thought and action are needed in the months ahead.

This event drew on the Religious Responses to COVID-19 project, which has catalogued and analyzed faith responses to the COVID-19 emergencies. Throughout, the strengths and vulnerabilities of women and girls cried out for attention and action. Looking ahead, this event addressed how religious beliefs have colored and shaped gendered experiences during the crisis, what challenges emerge for interpersonal relationships, and explored what “rebuilding better and fairer” means in practice.

JLI’s CEO, Kirsten Laursen Muth, speaks on faith and gender.

Co-sponsored by the Joint Learning Initiative, World Faiths Development Dialogue, and Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs.

On April 8, 2021, JLI held a webinar where Dr. Xavier Moyet, Visiting Fellow at University of Leeds, and Research Associate at University of Kent,  presented his paper on Pentocostalism, Public Health, and COVID-19 in Nigeria. Dr. Allo Tolulope, Covenant University, Nigeria,  responded, followed by a question and answer session.

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Date(s) - 16/04/2021
8:30 am - 9:45 am


A dialogue between faith and secular actors tackling taboos and promoting Comprehensive Sexuality Education to meet zero maternal deaths, zero unmet need for family planning and zero gender-based violence.

Faith-based actors, as trusted voices within communities, have a responsibility to promote each person’s inherent dignity and right, while also promoting rigorous analysis of the impact of religious and customary systems on issues, including population, food security, nutrition, and sustainable development.

In this Side Event, expert speakers will share strategies for overcoming existing taboos and resistance in addressing comprehensive sexuality education. Bringing together gender advocates from Africa and Latin America, who are striving to change social norms, tackle intersecting inequalities, and promote Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights.

Each speaker will focus on how the Commission can contribute to achieving zero maternal deaths, zero unmet need for family planning and zero gender-based violence by 2030.


Maria del Pilar Cancelo, Executive Director, SEDI Asociacion Civil

Dr. Paul Z. Mmbando, Medical Doctor, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania

Jill Anami, SRHR Program Officer, The African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET)

Jantiku Ijasini Jamare, Pastor and Co-Chair Youth Community of Practice, ACT Alliance

Susana Medina Salas, Senior Research and Evaluation Officer, IPPFWHR

Maria Tororey, SRHR Lead, Faith to Action Network

Read the Concept Note

54th Session of the UN Commission on Population and Development (CPD) Side Event with English – Spanish Interpretation

Organizers: ACT Alliance, FEMNET, Faith to Action Network and IPPFWHR.


Olivia Wilkinson, JLI Director of Research, was quoted in the article: World Vision faces pandemic’s ‘perfect storm,’ seeks to meet US global needs that showcase World Vision’s efforts around the globe to meet the needs of people facing the health crisis and the secondary effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Quoted content:

Olivia Wilkinson, director of research at the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities, spoke in March about a two-page “quick analysis guide” faith leaders and health and development officials created after working with World Vision and other organizations.

Among the questions in the guide is one asking if religious buildings owned or operated by a faith leader can be used as vaccination sites. It also asks what is driving hesitancy about the vaccine.

“We thought that people need to analyze their context and not just receive generic advice,” said Wilkinson at a webinar hosted by Georgetown’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs.

“All research and evidence we’ve seen has shown that we should not isolate or essentialize the religious aspect as the only part that’s driving a hesitancy or resistance,” she said, noting questions are also asked about political, social and cultural factors.


Date(s) - 28/04/2021
11:00 am - 12:30 pm


Panel Discussion chaired by Dr. Jennifer Philippa Eggert, Senior Research Associate at the Joint Learning Initiative for Faith and Local Communities (JLI) and Researcher at the University of Warwick

Violent extremism and radicalisation have become one of the main challenges of global development cooperation. Simultaneously to the rise of violent extremism, growing fragility and instability worldwide can be observed. Especially young people are vulnerable to radicalization and recruitment while at the same time becoming increasingly involved in peacebuilding and sustainable development.

The objective of the workshop is to offer young people a space for exchanging ideas on successful approaches to as well as the challenges they encounter in preventing violent extremism. With speakers from diverse backgrounds the workshop creates a room to highlight the differences and similarities of initiatives in the various countries while emphasizing context-sensitivity. What do a former member of the right-wing extremist scene in Germany and an ex-combatant of a rebel group in a country of the Global South have in common? Let the young tell their stories.


  • Christian Ernst Weißgerber, Political Educator, Author, Musician, Freelancer
  • Fatima Star U. Lamalan, Salaam Movement of the Ateneo de Davao University, Philippines
  • Imrana Alhaji Buba, Youth Coalition Against Terrorism, Nigeria
  • Mary Mwachiti, Lonamac, Kenya

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Date(s) - 20/05/2021
8:00 am - 10:00 am


The CCIH 2021 Conference will be a virtual event held in May with six sessions spread out over three weeks that focus on hearing from global voices and sharing practical experience and learning, with time set aside to make connections, and have meaningful dialogue and fellowship.

The theme is Cultivating Unity in Global Health.

May 20, 8:00 am to 10:00 am U.S. EDT

Good Practices in Conducting Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) for Faith-based Organizations featuring Dr. Jennifer Philippa Eggert, Senior Research Associate, Joint Learning Initiative (JLI) on Faith and Local Communities. The JLI MEAL Hub showcases good practices among FBOs in MEAL.

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Date(s) - 20/04/2021
All Day


The EDUCATION SUMMIT aims to provide a platform for an international and cross-cultural dialogue where people from different parts of the world and diverse communities can contribute to a broad vision for educational excellence and equity for all children and youth.

The three aims of this summit:

  • To examine the key challenges facing access to education around the globe;
  • To promote visionary thinking about making education accessible for all children;
  • To explore a specific aspect of faith communities as local actors to bring every child, everywhere, in school.

Action STEPS:

  • BRING TOGETHER experts in education, social innovators, investors in education, decision-makers, people from faith-based organisations (FBOs) and other civil society organisations (CSOs), out-of-school children and teens, parents …
  • EXPLORE possible solutions and the role of FBOs in access to quality education.
  • ACCELERATE and promote solutions and good practices.

Click here for the Education Accelerator Agenda

Read the Global Education Report

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Date(s) - 13/01/2022
9:00 am - 10:00 am

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Religions, Humanitarianism, and Development Research Reading Group Session. Welcoming all academics and researchers working on relevant topics. We will meet virtually for one hour on a monthly basis to share our research.

Speaker: Seb Rumsby, University of Warwick, on Hmong Christianisation, the Will to Improve and the Question of Neoliberalism in Vietnam’s Highlands

Register to join on zoom here