On June 10, 2021, JLI held a webinar where  Dr. Christine Schliesser, University of Zurich, Prof. Pauline Kollontai, York St. John University, and Dr. Ayse Kadayifci Orellana, Georgetown University launched their book: On the Significance of Religion in Conflict and Conflict Resolution.

Dr. Jennifer Philippa Eggert, JLI Senior Research Associate, responded, followed by Q&A and discussion.

Find the presentation slides for Dr. Christine Schliesser here

Find the presentation slides for Dr. Ayse Kadayifci Orelanna here

The CCIH 2021 Conference held a virtual event in May with six sessions spread out over three weeks that focused 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: Cultivating Unity in Global Health.

Dr. Jennifer Philippa Eggert, JLI Senior Research Associate, presented Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) and Faith: Beyond Western Approaches. She discussed how the JLI MEAL Hub showcases good practices among FBOs in MEAL. Watch the recording below.

Click here for more information on the conference, view the featured speakers, and the program

Read the Summary Brief of the Compendium of Good Practices on Conducting MEAL in Partnerships with International Actors and Local Faith Actors.

Date(s) - 17/06/2021
8:30 am - 10:00 am


By Project dldl/ድልድል

An international webinar that will explore how clergy can be most effectively integrated in efforts to address domestic violence.

The scholarship that examines clergy engagement in domestic violence interventions is extensive. Despite nuanced evidence, the scholarship generally agrees that clergy are generally influential and well-positioned to respond to domestic violence in religious communities, but often lack understanding of how their own discourses and responses might unwittingly reinforce negative norms, attitudes or situations, and how to support victims and perpetrators in ways that consider their complex psychological states to minimise safety risks. The same scholarship is generally positive about the prospects of involving clergy in addressing domestic violence provided that they are trained to understand how their respective communities experience domestic violence, have the theological acumen to address distorted perceptions that involve religious beliefs and contribute to negative beliefs and attitudes, and show willingness to collaborate with secular and other stakeholders working to address domestic violence, integrating with wider referral systems. Considerably fewer studies have assessed the effectiveness of clergy-centred interventions in ways that can evidence the specific mechanisms by which clergy involvement results in positive outcomes for domestic violence victims/survivors and the minimisation of the problem in their communities.

This webinar aims to add to this scholarship by means of ethnographic and practical insights by specialised researchers and practitioners who work directly with clergy and theological traditions to address domestic violence in their respective communities. The panel will explore different approaches of engaging with religious communities and clergy in efforts to address domestic violence in different religious contexts with the aim of achieving knowledge exchange across different contexts, to share lessons and to identify good practices and challenges from different communities around the world.

Click here to register and view the speakers

Date(s) - 07/06/2021
10:00 am - 11:30 am


7:00-8:30 am San Francisco / 10:00-11:30 am New York / 2:00-3:30 pm Dakar /4:00-5:30 pm Geneva / 5:00-6:30 pm Nairobi / 7:30-9:00 pm Mumbai /9:00-10:30 pm Bangkok

On occasion of the High-Level Meeting (HLM) on Ending inequalities and getting on track to end AIDS by 2030 (June 2021), the UNAIDS-PEPFAR Faith Initiative is organizing a side event Faith2EndAIDS – Faith2EndInequalities on June 7th which will focus on the importance of accelerating the response to HIV by faith groups and communities over the next five years.

The current situation of the HIV epidemic, hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic, demands an urgent global response, and faith leaders and communities are critical elements of that response. In this context, it is crucial that all sectors, including the faith sector, endorse the new Political Declaration, and then engage in supporting its implementation.


  • Provide faith leaders and representatives of FBOs and communities with a clear sense of the main areas of action that will emerge from the UN High-Level Meeting outcome document.
  • Identify key actions through which faith leaders, communities and groups can fast-track the HIV response.
  • Engage FBOs and faith leaders in the 12Million Campaign by committing to key actions that could promote access to HIV services for the 12 million children, women, men, and people from key population groups, who are living with HIV and are still not on quality and consistent HIV treatment, care and support.
  • Share lessons learned by FBOs and faith communities to address stigma and discrimination; promote human rights; and increase access to HIV services.
  • Exchange views on ways to strengthen the collaboration among different faiths as well as among faiths and other sectors.

Click here for the HLM Side Event – Faith2EndAIDS Flyer and view the speakers.

View the event on the Interfaith Health Platform

Event Zoom link


Peer-to-Peer learning webinar co-hosted by OHCHR, UNFPA, UNWOMEN and The JLI/SVRI Faith and GBV Hub


  • Nahla Haider, Vice-Chairperson of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
  • Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief
  • Dr Nora Khalaf-Elledge, Post-doctoral Fellow at the Faiths & Civil Society Unit, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Dr Dicky Sofjan, Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies, Graduate School, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia

The webinar was facilitated by Ibrahim Salama, Chief, Human Rights Treaties Branch, OHCHR, and Dr Olivia Wilkinson, Director of Research, Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities.

Speakers with experience working in the field of FoRB and gender equality presented key definitions, experiences, and lessons learned to identify promising practices/strategies for increasing religious literacy and furthering gender equality. Challenges and opportunities were discussed in light of concrete examples, such as the work of Universitas Gadjah Mada on religious literacy in Indonesia. A lively discussion on the role of faith actors in preventing FoRB violations and gender-based violence, and in creating opportunities for religious literacy among faith and non-faith actors, ensued. A short video affirming the 18 commitments on Faith for Rights was shown to conclude the session.

See the peer-to-peer learning snapshots here and posted on the OHCHR webpage.


Date(s) - 17/06/2021
8:00 am


Convened by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in collaboration with the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities (JLI)

This is a part of a series of webinars co-hosted by OHCHR, UNFPA, UNWOMEN and JLI and the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) Faith and GBV Hub

Click here to register

Date(s) - 03/06/2021
6:00 am - 7:30 am


GBV AoR Community of Practice with JLI/SVRI Faith & GBV Hub, the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) at University of Birmingham and EQUISTY Gender Lab invites you to join a webinar to explore and exchange information with GBV practitioners on how to better understand how religion, faith, and spirituality can shape GBV survivors’ resilience, recovery, wellbeing and vulnerability.

This webinar will provide a platform for learning exchange and examine the involvement of faith concerns in GBV service provision and make suggestions for how the humanitarian sector might respond. Speakers will discuss the impact of religion on GBV survivor’s experiences and discuss interventions that might inform future GBV policy and practice to support survivors in humanitarian and forced migration contexts.

Interpretation in French and Arabic will be available

Click here to register

Date(s) - 27/05/2021
9:00 am - 11:00 am


Peer-to-Peer learning webinar co-hosted by OHCHR, UNFPA, UNWOMEN and The JLI/SVRI Faith and GBV Hub

Participants with experience working in the field of gender equality will present experiences and lessons learnt, and identify promising practices/strategies.

Human rights mechanisms will also be participating, in this webinar the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief (Ahmed Shaheed) and the Vice-Chairperson of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (Nahla Haidar).

Join a discussion on challenges and opportunities for promoting gender equality and the human rights of women and girls, in the context of the pandemic and beyond.

Interpretation in Spanish will be available (and other languages upon request)

Click here to register

On May 11, 2021, JLI held a webinar where Dr. Namrata Sharma, State University of New York, introduced her new book: Value-Creating Global Citizenship Education for Sustainable Development that caters to formal and non-formal learning. Dr. Wendy Yee Mei Tien, University of Malaya in Malaysia and Fellow at KAICIID, responded followed by a question and answer session.

View the presentation slides

Click here to register and view the list of upcoming webinars.


About Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities (JLI) 

The Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities (JLI) is an international collaboration and knowledge platform on evidence for faith groups’ activities and contributions to local development and humanitarian goals for community well-being.

The JLI has two internship opportunities available:

1. COVID-19 and Faith Internship

The COVID-19 pandemic has transformative effects on all segments of societies across the world, with distinctive and important roles for religious communities. Understanding these effects and building on operational lessons looking forward has immediate and far-ranging importance. Building on the Berkley Center/JLI/World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD) operational research efforts have a great potential to contribute both to overcoming 2021 challenges and to longer term efforts to draw lessons from the COVID-19 emergencies.

The Berkley /JLI/ WFDD resource repository began in March 2020 and is now the most comprehensive database of resources on the topic. However, it is not easily accessible and there are gaps and emerging areas e.g. different challenges of mental health. The repository includes newspaper articles, research reports, op-eds, journal articles, guidance documents and consultative working groups and networks relevant to religions, COVID-19, and international development which have ballooned over the past year. As time has progressed, early patterns of anecdotal evidence are increasingly supplemented by more solid research on the effects of COVID-19 on religious institutions and practice and the work of religious communities in responding to the pandemic. The repository will be migrated to a website functioning as an annotated bibliography of sorts, highlighting the best research and most useful guidance identified.


  1. Sort and organize the existing repository, cross-referencing it with other partner online lists including Side by Side, ACT Alliance, Emory IHP, and others.
  2. Review and analyze the repository in discussions to bring to the fore the most useful materials and examples of the best research, i.e. our recommended key resources
  3. Build, migrate and write the content for the website that will showcase the searchable/sortable annotated bibliography of key resources on COVID-19, religions, and international development, with a special showcase of those relevant to key thematic areas including gender.
  4. Opportunity to participate in virtual gatherings through the platform and partner networks globally.


  • Coursework and experience in global health, development, humanitarian and religion or related fields
  • Excellent writing and communications skills, especially from technical and academic texts to documents for more general audiences
  • WordPress experience strongly preferred
  • Comfortable with fast-paced, interactive work style in a virtual context

2. Fair and Equitable Initiative -Learning Hub Internship

The new Fair and Equitable Initiative is JLI’s commitment to racial justice, addressing asymmetries of power and promoting more inclusive and equitable learning in faith, development, and humanitarian action.

JLI will focus on three priorities over the next 24 months, regional listening dialogues, a global webinar series, and theological dialogue. This initiative will be advised and guided by working groups. JLI will develop new models of joint learning through regional and national hubs that are: inclusive of national and local languages, reaching out beyond traditional humanitarian and development organizations, and integrate fair and equitable approaches across research and practice.

JLI Learning Hubs bring together academics, policymakers and practitioners working on the contribution of faith actors. Current Learning Hubs include: Anti-Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery, Ending Violence Against Children, Gender-based Violence and Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL).


  • Support at least one of JLI’s Fair and Equitable Initiative working groups. Support development of global webinar series that will be held a quarterly basis starting in May/June 2021.
  • Support at least one of the Learning Hubs that will be regionalizing which may include policy or network mapping
  • Develop a Member onboarding process and support Hub Member Engagement Process focused on members based in the Global South
  • Contribute content to social media for Learning Hubs, including Twitter & Facebook
  • Support development of Hub webpages and resource library to ensure access to resources and hub information especially for those in low bandwidth settings
  • Opportunities to participate in partner network convenings including G20 Interfaith


  • Coursework and experience in global health, development, humanitarian and religion or related fields
  • Strong writer, editor, and communicator
  • Familiarity with social media platforms and experience with
  • WordPress and NeonCRM experience preferred; language proficiency in Spanish or Arabic is a plus
  • Comfortable with fast-paced, interactive work style in a virtual context

To Apply: Please send a cover letter and CV to careers@jliflc.com

Part-time position up to 35 hours a week with a monthly stipend of $2000. Reports to the JLI Team.

Location: Remote