Date(s) - 19/06/2018
9:00 am - 10:00 am


Save the date!

Join the JLI Mobilisation Hub at 9am ET, (1pm GMT/2pm UK) with Dr Emma Tomalin (Leeds University), Dr Jörg Haustein (SOAS) and Elizabeth Garland (Salvation Army) for a discussion on the role of religions in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).



About the speakers:

  • Dr Emma Tomalin is Professor of Religion and Public Life at the University of Leeds. She carries out research into the role of religion in public life in the world today with research interests in Gender, Religion and Society, Religion and Global Development and Buddhism and Hinduism amongst others. She has published multiple books and journals. She is currently working on an AHRC network grant on work a project entitled – Keeping Faith in 2030: Religions and the Sustainable Development Goals which will completed late in 2018. She also works with Public Health Leeds on a project that examines the role of places of worship as Public Health settings in Leeds and Co-Chair of the  International Development and Religion Group  of the American Academy of ReligionSince 2013, with Drs Caroline Starkey and Jas Singh, she has been carrying out scoping studies on places of worship in Buddhist, Hindu, Jain, Zoroastrian and Bahai traditions in England. She co-chairs the new JLI Hub on Anti-Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery.
  • Dr Jörg Haustein is Senior Lecturer in Religions in Africa at SOAS with a focus on Christianity and Islam. He has a special interest in the historical intersection of religion and development in colonial and post-colonial Africa and its effects on the present. Jörg Haustein is Co-Investigator of the AHRC-funded research network ‘Keeping Faith in 2030: Religions and the Sustainable Development Goals’.
  • Major (Dr) Elizabeth Garland is Impact Measurement Learning Coordinator and International Statistician at The Salvation Army International Headquarters.Major (Dr) Garland has worked in a number of settings within the Salvation Army in both Australia and overseas. Overseas appointments include Ghana, Zimbabwe and Southern Africa. Whilst overseas, Major Garland completed further degrees in health, including a Master of Primary Health Care and Master of Health and International development (Flinders University Australia). Major Garland completed and was conferred a Doctorate of Public Health (Flinders University Australia) in 2015.

    Currently Major (Dr) Garland is working at the International Headquarters of the Salvation Army in London as the Impact Measurement Learning Co-Ordinator and International Statistician. Part of this work is developing ways of measuring The Salvation Army’s work and ministries across the world. This work includes how we measure the Salvation Army’s programmes and activities in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Impact of Christian Values Program on Economic Outcomes in the Philippines

Mobilisation of Local Faith Communities Hub Webinar

Guest speakers: Lincoln Lau, PhD, International Care Ministries and James Choi, PhD, Yale University

Discussion led by Mobilisation Hub Co-chair: Andrea Kaufmann, World Vision International

Photo Credit: International Care Ministries

Dr James Choi and Dr Lincoln Lau present the groundbreaking randomized control trial (RCT) to measure impact of faith and religion in the Philippines. This trial was an initiative between Innovations for Poverty Action and International Care Ministries lead by researchers, Dean Karlan (Northwestern University), James Choi (Yale University) and Gharad Bryan (London School of Economics and Political Science).





The webinar included a presentation of International Care Ministries Program, six-month trial results as well as methods on using RCTs to measure religion and development, and a discussion of opportunities and challenges and potential for scale up.

Discussion Questions:
  •  Given relatively low participation in Transform—average 8.9/16 sessions —does frequency of attendance increase effect on income? Actually this was a fairly highly attended program. Unfortunately because each individual’s attendance was not associated with that person when recorded, this analysis was not conducted
  • How soon and how periodically after the training were the participants interviewed? Do you know how durable the effects are? Would these effects be seen a year after the training, or might the results seen reflect a burst of short-lived enthusiasm?
  • How does the personality or theology of the pastor affect outcome?
  • Were you able to control for the seasonality of agricultural income on the 9% increase in income? When were these data collected?
  • Would these findings apply to other faiths?
Presentation slides
ICM-Yale Webinar Can Faith Transform Poverty?
Featured resources





About the Speakers:
  • Dr. Lincoln Lau leads the research team for International Care Ministries (ICM), a non-profit organization based in the Philippines that provides poverty alleviation programs to approximately 30,000 households every year. He is also an adjunct lecturer at the University of Toronto. He seeks to creatively design studies to inform and enhance public health interventions targeted at marginalized and difficult-to-reach households.
  • Dr. James Choi is a professor of Finance at Yale University’s School of Management. His research spans behavioral finance, behavioral economics, household finance, capital markets, health economics, and sociology. His work on default options has led to changes in 401(k) plan design at many U.S. corporations and has influenced pension legislation in the United States and abroad. In other papers, he has investigated topics such as the influence of racial, gender, and religious identity on economic preferences, investor ignorance of mutual fund fees, the effect of deadlines and peer information on savings choices, how retail investor sentiment in China affects stock returns, and the use of subtle planning prompts to increase vaccination rates. Professor Choi is a recipient of the TIAA-CREF Paul A. Samuelson Award for outstanding scholarly writing on lifelong financial security. He is ​an Associate Director of the Retirement Research Center at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a member of the FINRA Investor Issues Committee,​ and a TIAA-CREF Institute Fellow.

Learn more about the Mobilisation of Local Faith Communities Hub

Date(s) - 13/07/2018 - 15/07/2018
12:00 am


Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

Faith-based organizations have a long history of forging powerful partnerships to more efficiently and effectively serve those in need. In today’s complex world, these relationships are more important than ever. This conference will explore how FBOs use partnerships, including time-tested and innovative new models, in our work. We will explore questions such as:

● How do we engage faith and political leaders at all levels to improve global health?
● How are FBOs working with their Ministries of Health, and local and national governments?
● How are FBOs working with each other and secular organizations to provide care?
● What partnerships have FBOs forged to reach people in their homes and communities with preventive services and care?

Religion and FBO inputs to the Global Compacts: recent meetings at the UN

A meeting at the UN hosted by the  Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations and Caritas brought together global religious leaders who called the world to share the journey with migrants and refugees. Watch the full event here


As part of a series of related events UNICEF, NGO Committee on UNICEF and Caritas Internationalis co-organized a side event on Interfaith Responses to the Rights of Refugee and Migrant Children and their Families.


A panel moderated by Ame Esangbedo of SOS Childrens’ Villages, of speakers including representatives from Lutheran World Federation, Islamic Relief, Religions for Peace and JLI discussed key issues from a religious and FBO perspective, including solutions and challenges around addressing the needs of refugee and migrant children and their families with a focus on keeping families together, provision of services and combatting xenophobia.

JLI panel presentation (click for presentation) focused on evidence and ongoing research relating to Faith-based responses to Children’s Rights and Migration.


Other events covered:

Religious and Faith-based Contributions to the Well-being of Children

The Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities (JLI) is pleased to announce the initiation of a partnership with UNICEF over the next three years. The project, titled “Faith for Social and Behaviour Change Initiative” is a collaboration with the UNICEF Communication for Development in Programme Division and the Civil Society Partnerships Unit in the Division of Communication.The research aims to generate knowledge on the specific roles, caveats, effective strategies and demonstrated impact of faith-based organizations in social and behaviour change. The project will look across sectors including health, development, protection and empowerment of children, especially focusing on the most marginalized, across the life-cycle.

Project activities in 2018 will include a literature review, country-specific case studies, content review, and mapping culminating in the translation of this evidence into a conceptual framework and models for systematic engagement with FBOs at scale for social and behavior change. The partners will collaborate with Religions for Peace to hold a multi-country consultation in Bangkok in July to input into the programmatic framework.

Dr. Olivia Wilkinson, JLI Director of Research, will oversee the research work focused on evidence generation, development of programming frameworks, and provision of technical support for engagement of FBOs in social and behavior change communications. Jean Duff, JLI Coordinator will provide guidance on the conceptual framework for scaling up collaboration with the faith community for impact on the well-being of children. Stacy Nam, JLI Knowledge Manager, will support the research and promote collaboration with relevant JLI Learning Hubs and facilitate a “whole of JLI network” engagement in this project.

For more information please contact the Joint Learning Initiative’s Director of Research, Dr. Olivia Wilkinson at [email protected]

The Center for Faith and the Common Good (CFCG) is pleased to announce the receipt of a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation’s Program on Religion in International Affairs, to be carried out by The Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities (JLI). The project, titled “Religion, Refugees, and Forced Migration: Making Research-informed Impact in Global Policy Processes” will be in collaboration with Dr. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh at University College London and with the support of Atallah Fitzgibbon at Islamic Relief Worldwide, the co-chairs of the JLI Refugees and Forced Migration Learning Hub. Dr. Olivia Wilkinson, JLI Director of Research, will oversee the work focused on the translation of research for impact on policy and practice.
Project activities will include the production of policy guidelines and annotated bibliographies that synchronize existing research on faith and refugees with the three main themes of the programme of action for the Global Compact on Refugees (reception and admission, meeting needs and supporting communities, durable solutions). Other activities will focus on outreach through newspaper articles, podcast episodes, infographics, press releases, media packs, and social media messaging. To ensure that these activities reach the right people, the researchers will also undertake a mapping exercise of key influencers and then arrange a series of consultations and briefings to reach out to specific groups in global hubs of decision making and activity on refugee response. Briefings are planned in New York around the General Assembly in September as well as in Geneva, and Beirut or Amman.
These research translation activities will coincide with the final stages of the development and then adoption of the Global Compact on Refugees. They will help to inform new audiences in the humanitarian and development field of the existing and growing evidence base on religious belief, practice, and faith-based work related to refugees.
For more information please contact the Joint Learning Initiative’s Director of Research, Dr. Olivia Wilkinson at [email protected].

The GHR Foundation is partnering with OpenIDEO, an open innovation platform, to conduct the BridgeBuilder Challenge. The BridgeBuilder Challenge leverages the universal call to ‘build bridges’ addressing the pressing and emergent concerns of our time in the areas of peace, prosperity and planet.

The top ideas selected from the challenge will receive a total of $1 million in funding (up to $500,00o for one organization), in addition to support provided by experts. All participants will benefit from the platform’s collaborative improvement process and opportunities for connection to new partners and potential funders.

For more information please see the OpenIDEO brief

*Organizations who submitted projects last year are eligible with some criteria see above brief

Side event at the Asia Pacific Forum for Sustainable Development 2018

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Organizers: World Vision International (WVI), ACT Alliance, Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW), Soka Gakkai International (SGI), Arigatou International

World Vision, ACT Alliance, Islamic Relief, Soka Gakkai International, Arigatou International, global faith based organizations launched the Asia Pacific Faith-based Coalition for sustainable development (APFC) on 28 March in collaboration with Asia Civil Society Partnership on Sustainable Development.

The objective of this coalition is to provide greater impetus to the voices of faith communities and effectively engage in Asia pacific regional development discourse feeding to global processes, such as the SDGs. This is an open, inclusive coalition representing different faiths towards achieving sustainable development and peace.

The forum will support the presentation of voluntary national reviews and will assess the progress made with regard to the regional roadmap for implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific.


Session Moderator

Mr. Norbert Hsu, Regional Leader, East Asia Region, World Vision International (WVI)


  • John Patrick Murray | National Catholic Commission on Migration, Thailand
  • Hiro Sakrai | Director of the Office for UN Affairs, Soka Gakkai International
  • Masud Siddique | Head of Asia Region, Islamic Relief Worldwide
  • Anselmo Lee | Senior Advisor, ADA and APSD
  • Shinji Kubo | Officer – in – Charge, UNHCR Representative in Bangkok, Thailand

The discussion addressed the role of faith in making communities resilient and socially cohesive to achieve sustainable development.

The initial work of the coalition will include mapping faith-based organization (FBO & Faith actor) work in relation to sustainable development in Asia Pacific. Results from their initial survey found that many organizations worked to address SDGs #1, 2, 5 followed by 3, 16 & 17.

*from the introduction ppt presented at the forum by Anoop Sukumaran and Sudarshan Reddy

Read more: Asia Pacific Faith-Based Coalition for Sustainable Development_28 March- Concept Note , World Vision Press Release or APFC launch report

For more information contact Abid Gulzar, Director Advocacy and Justice for Children, World Vision International, ([email protected])

Date(s) - 02/05/2018
10:00 am

Wilson Center


On May 2, the Wilson Center’s Maternal Health Initiative will be hosting a two-panel event in collaboration with World Vision U.S., focusing on the role of faith-based organizations in controlling the HIV epidemic through reaching men and boys with HIV testing, and improving maternal and child health through Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancy.
Following a keynote address from Ambassador Deborah Birx, this first panel discussion will be focused on reaching men and boys who are missing in HIV prevention, care, and treatment today, especially those who are healthy. Who are these men and boys not being reached? What role can the faith community play in reaching this population? Panelists will share learnings on innovations, best practices, and models to engage men and boys for HIV testing and linkage to care. The panel will conclude with an interactive workshop involving voluntary audience participation.
Lunch will be served to participants from 11:00am to 11:45am.
The second panel, following the lunch, will be focused on the intertwining of faith and healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies, from 12:00pm to 2:00pm


  • Introduction, Jared Hoffman

    Vice President, Resource Development, International Programs Group, World Vision U.S.
  • Keynote- Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, MD

    Coordinator of the United States Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS (PEPFAR) and U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy
  • Moderator, Susan Hillis

    Senior Advisor, Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, Senior Advisor, Division of Violence Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


  • Jannette Y. Berkley-Patton

    Associate Professor; Director, Community Health Research Group, Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics, School of Medicine, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Dr. Gloria Ekpo

    Senior Technical Advisor, HIV/AIDS Technical Specialist, Health and Hope, International Programs Group, World Vision U.S.
  • Julie Pulerwitz

    Director, HIV and AIDS Program, Population Council

Date(s) - 02/05/2018
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Church Center for the United Nations


This event will cover what diverse faith traditions teach on nationalism and national identity, as it relates to refugee protection, migration policy, and immigrant integration. Many religions have clear moral teaching on the treatment of refugees and migrants. Yet they have not spoken as clearly on rising nationalist movements that impede the just treatment of refugees and migrants. This panel – comprised of diverse faith leaders and scholars – will discuss how religious teaching on these issues can promote more cooperative and generous responses to refugees and migrants, inform the global compacts on refugees and migration, and ensure that the compacts live up to their promise and potential.

Speakers include:

  • Hon. Judge Mohamad Abou Zeid, Senior Judge in the Family Court of Saida/Lebanon
  • Silas Allard, Associate Director of the Center for Law and Religion and Harold J. Berman Senior Fellow in Law and Religion, Emory University School of Law
  • Rabbi Felicia L. Sol, B’nai Jeshurun

This event is free.