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.
The Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities (JLI-F) pleased to announce the receipt of a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation’s Program on Religion in International Affairs. 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 included the production of a policy brief and a Resource Brief 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 focused on outreach through newspaper articles, infographics, press releases, and social media messaging. These research translation activities will coincide with the final stages of the development and the 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.
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 were coordinated on local humanitarian leadership and refugee response in Amman and Beirut.
For more information please contact the Joint Learning Initiative’s Director of Research, Dr. Olivia Wilkinson at [email protected].
Progress Summary & Resources
Recommendations on the role of local faith communities submitted to the Global Compact Process
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
A panel discussion with the South Sudan Council of Churches and UN member states, civil society, faith-based organizations and UN agencies
Moderator: Ms. Nyamal Tutdeal, Founder and Executive Director of NyaEden Foundation
A brief history of the conflict in South Sudan
Video of South Sudanese Council of Churches Peace-building
Current impediments to peace – Bishop Arkanjelo Wani Lemi, Bishop of the Africa Inland Church.
The role of the South Sudanese Council of Churches in the peace process – Fr. James Oyet Latansio, General Secretary of the South Sudan Council of Churches.
Recommendations to UN member nations: how to support the peace process, what to avoid – Bishop Isaiah Majok Dau, Presiding Bishop of the Pentecostal Church of Sudan and South Sudan and board member of the SSCC.
The Global Cause Partnerships (GCP) Team is a dynamic and growing team responsible for building partnerships with organizations committed to fundraising and advocating in support of the world’s most vulnerable children. Partners include service and faith-based organizations, diaspora communities, professional and trade associations and other 501(c)(3) organizations.
Reporting to the Senior Director, Global Cause Partnerships, the Manager will identify, manage and grow fundraising partnerships between UNICEF USA and civil society partners, with a focus on faith-based organizations. UNICEF USA recognizes the shared commitment with these groups to ensuring the survival and well-being of the world’s children, and the Manager will develop strategies to build trusting and long-lasting relationships with these constituencies. The Manager will be responsible for developing new and stewarding existing partnerships within this portfolio to meet fundraising and engagement goals in support of UNICEF’s global work.
Good Practices with Local Faith Communities Submission
DEADLINE EXTENDED, 30th April 2018
The JLI Refugee Hub is working alongside UNHCR to undertake an analysis of Good Practice Examples of Local Faith Community Responses to Refugees as part of the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) and Global Compact on Refugees processes.
The first stage of the research will identify and examine one or more examples of good practice in each of 7 case study countries:
Honduras, Mexico, Central African Republic, Uganda, Lebanon, Germany, and Bangladesh.
The good practice case studies will be communicated to UNHCR. We will also be working with local researchers to conduct up to 30 interviews with refugees, hosts, and faith leaders in each country to provide evidence from primary research on the good practice case studies. In order to identify good practice case studies, we invite you to submit for consideration good practice examples and recommended interviewees from the 7 countries.
The form will ask you to provide some brief information on the case as well as interview recommendations in the country. The initial findings will be presented at the UNHCR NGO consultations at the end of June.
Please complete the form by COB Eastern Standard Time on the 30th April 2018.
We hope to invite key religious leaders from the case study countries to the events in late June/early July. Please add suggestions to the interview recommendations on the form, identifying them as a religious leader.
We would be grateful if you could circulate this invitation to your colleagues and networks in or with knowledge of the 7 countries.
Every child has a right to grow up with their family, regardless of nationality or migration status.
However, too often children on the move are seen in isolation from their family, and the negative impact on children’s rights, by laws, policies and practices meant for adults, tends to be ignored.
Co-sponsors: UNICEF, NGOCU and Caritas Internationalis
Location: Church Centre’s 2nd Floor conference room. Lunch will be provided.
Caritas Internationalis, UNICEF, and the NGO Committee on UNICEF invite you toa luncheon side event to discuss solutions for refugee and migrant children and their families, with a focus on keeping families together, ensuring safe access to services and promoting inclusion. It will provide an opportunity for religious leaders, migrant and refugee youth, faith-based organizations, and Member States to share their experiences – both lived and from their work on the ground, to identify what works, and suggest ways to close the gaps.