This page details all the research outputs from the JLI Research Team and the JLI Learning Hubs since our inception. The page is organized first into the reports directly from the Learning Hubs, publications from the JLI Research Team, then a section on JLI conference convening, and finally some insight into the organizations worldwide that JLI Partners collaborates with.
Learning Hub Reports and Books
JLI has published nine faith and development-focused thematic scoping studies and several additional reports and a book from the collaboration within learning hubs. This work has generated ground-breaking evidence on the potential for more effective faith engagement across topics such as maternal and child health, community resilience in fragile settings, peace and conflict, community mobilization, refugees and forced migration, and violence against women and children.
- Monitoring Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Hub (2021) Compendium of Good Practices MEAL with and for Local Faith Actors, led by Jennifer Eggert
- Ending Violence Against Children Hub (2019) Scoping Study on Faith actors’ involvement in prevention, elimination and perpetration of violence against children led by Carola Eyber, Queen Margaret University (QMU) and Selina Palm, Stellenbosch University
- Anti-Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery (2019) Scoping Study on Faith & Freedom: The Role of Faith Actors in Anti-Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking- A Scoping Study by John Frame at North Central University, Mia Tuckey, Lili White, and Emma Tomalin at the University of Leeds
- Gender-based Violence (2014) A scoping study on the role of faith communities and organisations in prevention and response to sexual and gender-based violence: Implications for policy and practice, led by Elisabet Le Roux, Stellenbosch University
Further publications from the GBV Hub include:
- Religion Gender and Development – Agenda setting report by Dr Elisabet le Roux and the GBV Hub published May 2019 with the PaRD SDG 5 Work-Stream
- No more harmful traditional practice– engaging religious leaders to challenge harmful and traditional practices. Led by Elisabet le Roux and Selina Palm (Stellenbosch), and Brenda Bartelink (University of Groningen)
- Refugees and Forced Migration Hub (2017) Scoping Study on Local faith communities and urban displacement led by Olivia Wilkinson and Joey Ager
- Peace and Conflict (2016) Faith-based Interventions in Peace, Conflict and Violence: A Scoping Study, led by Chris Shannahan and Laura Payne, Coventry University
- Mobilisation of Local Faith Communities (2020) Edited book published by Routledge: International Development and Local Faith Actors: Ideological and Cultural Encounters edited by Kathryn Kraft and Olivia Wilkinson
- Theory of Change on Mobilising Local Faith Communities
- Resilience (2013) Scoping Study on Local faith communities and the promotion of resilience in humanitarian situations, led by Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh and Alastair Ager
- HIV and Maternal Health (2014) Scoping Study on HIV Maternal Health: Faith groups’ activities, contributions, and impact, Ann Smith, PhD and Jo Kaybryn, MSC
- Immunization (2014) Scoping Report: Local Faith Communities and Immunization for Community and Health Systems Strengthening, Jill Olivier at University of Cape Town
Many of these reports have also been translated into evidence-based policy recommendations as well as concrete policy outcomes. See, for example, the Policy Brief and Recommendation to the Global Compact on Refugees.
JLI Research Team Publications
The JLI Research Team also conducts and publishes research, collaborating with organisations and research consultants around the world to investigate the roles of faith actors in humanitarian, development, and peace work. These publications range from research reports to journal articles and blog posts. In 2020, JLI’s Director of Research, Dr Olivia Wilkinson also launched her book Secular and Religious Dynamics in Humanitarian Response, which focuses on the role of secular actors in faith engagement.
This list highlights some of JLI’s 2019 and 2020 publications:
- Bridge Builders: Strengthening the Role of Local Faith Actors in humanitarian response in South Sudan, with Islamic Relief Worldwide, Tearfund, RedR, and University of Leeds
- The Triple Nexus and Local Faith Actors in South Sudan Primary Research and Triple Nexus, Localization and Local Faith Actors Literature Review, with DanChurch Aid
- “Local Faith Actors and the Global Compact on Refugees.” 2020. Olivia Wilkinson and Heather Wurtz. Migration and Society: Advances in Research, Volume 3, Issue 1.
- “Local Faith Communities and Responses to Displacement,” Olivia Wilkinson and Susanna Trotta. 2020. Handbook of Displacement, Palgrave.
- “’As local as possible, as international as necessary’: Investigating the place of religious and faith-based actors in the localization of the international humanitarian system.” 2020. Olivia Wilkinson. Routledge International Handbook of Religion in Global Society.
- Guide to Action on Mobilizing Faith Communities to Welcome Migrants and Refugees with Religions for Peace
- Reports with PaRD Work-streams
- SDG 16: Partnering with Local Faith Actors to Support Peaceful and Inclusive Societies: focus on South Asia and the Lake Chad Basin
- SDG 5: Religion, development and GBV: Recommendations for a Strategic Research Agenda by Dr Elisabet le Roux, Stellenbosch University as part of the JLI GBV Learning Hub
- SDG 3: Faith Actor Partnerships in Adolescent sexual and reproductive health
Highlights from previous years include:
JLI Conference Involvement
JLI has been a co-organiser or major contributor to a number of conferences that highlight local faith community roles and dialogues for better partnerships, including:
- Religion and Sustainable Development Conference at the World Bank (2015)
- World Humanitarian Summit – 5 Evidence briefs and co-organiser of the panel on role of Local Faith Actors (2016)
- Localization of Humanitarian Need Forum in Sri Lanka (2017)
- Faith Action for Children on the Move, General Curia for the Society of Jesus in Rome, Italy (2018)
- Briefings on local humanitarian leadership and refugee response in Amman and Beirut (funded by the Henry Luce Foundation)
- From Faith to Action: Regional Europe and Central Asia interreligious conference with UNICEF and World Council of Churches
- Co-hosted (with International Care Ministries and the Poverty Action Lab) a conference at Yale University on Faith-based Measurement and Metrics
- Coordinated, for the Evidence Working Group of the World Bank’s Moral Imperative, the development of a Guide to Excellence in Evidence
- Development Studies Association – Co-convenor on Religion and Development Study Group
- American Academy of Religion – Steering Committee of the Religion and International Development Unit
JLI Partners collaborates with many organizations worldwide to build evidence and serve as a knowledge partner.
JLI and Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University and the World Faiths Development Dialogue
Faith and Positive Change for Children- Global Initiative on Social Behavior Change
In 2020, partners launched a Global Multi-Religious Faith-in-Action COVID-19 Initiative, Faith-in-Action Guidance Documents and virtual ‘Mind and Heart Dialogue Training’.
Partners: UNICEF, Religions for Peace and Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities
International Partnership on Religion and Development (PaRD)
Knowledge Partnership and Workstream evidence support (three workstreams, gender equity, health, and peacebuilding)
KAICIID: Knowledge Partnership
Establishing Platforms in Conflict Areas to Support the Mobilisation of Local Faith Communities
Refugees & Migration: Local Faith Communities role in response and focus on children on the move and Eastern Europe
Belgium Consortium South Sudan
The role of local faith actors in humanitarian response Bridge Builders report published in 2020
COVID-19 Response among Faith-based Health Organizations Survey
Christian Connections for International Health (CCIH) and the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities (JLI) are working together to identify unmet needs for support among faith-based health providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This will be a monthly survey to see how needs change over the course of the response.