Current Partnerships

JLI collaborates with many organizations worldwide to build evidence and serve as a knowledge partner.

Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE), Youth and Faith: A Research Capacity-Building Project

JLI has started a new research capacity-building focused project, as part of which JLI will train a group of young people from Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Europe with experience in peacebuilding and PVE in basic research methods. Participants will implement small research projects on PVE, youth and faith while being supervised to consolidate their learning.

Children on the Move Learning Briefs

World Vision and Arigatou International have asked the JLI to update the Learning Briefs that JLI had developed ahead of the 2018 Global Partners Forum on Children on the Move. The briefs include recent literature and good practice examples in the three thematic areas of peacebuilding, continuum of child protection, and spiritual support. The updated briefs will be presented at an event at the Day of Prayer and Action for Children in Rome in November 2022.

WCC-ACT Collaboration Learning Process

The JLI research team continued to support ACT Alliance and the World Council of Churches (WCC) in a learning process about their long-standing collaboration. ACT members and research collaborators in Malawi and Cameroon piloted a survey tool to better understand how partnerships between ACT fora and local churches work on the ground. The final report is expected to be published later this year.

  • Final report (coming soon)

Faith and Sustainability – Emissions and the Assets of Faith Actors

The JLI research team is piloting a research with the World resources Institute and the Episcopal Church in the Philippines on how much a specific faith actor in a specific geographic location accounts for with their emissions from their assets. The research also aims to explore best practices and opportunities to work with faith actors in sustainability, mobilizing additional participation and support for better tracking and measuring faith actors assets around the world. The final report is expected to be published later this year.

  • Final report (coming soon)

Advocacy and policy engagement during COVID-19

The JLI research team is supporting the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) with a small study on the impact of COVID-19 on the work of LWF churches and their partners as well as their response, with a focus on advocacy and policy work. The team is conducting interviews with LWF members and will produce a report with recommendations for other churches and faith-based organizations.

  • Final report (coming soon)

JLI and Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University and the World Faiths Development Dialogue

Welcoming the Stranger, Shaping the Future

On June 20-21, marking World Refugee Day, JLI participated in the “Welcoming the Stranger, Shaping the Future” conference in Geneva, organized by Lutheran World Federation, Islamic Relief Worldwide and HIAS, with the support of UNHCR. JLI is in charge of managing the learning component before, during and after the conference.

  • Final report (coming soon)

Faith and Positive Change for Children- Global Initiative on Social Behavior Change

JLI is partnering with UNICEF and Religions for Peace on Faith and Positive Change for Children, Families and Communities (FPCC). Conceived in 2018, FPCC aims to move beyond single-sector, single-faith, small-scale, ad-hoc and sometimes instrumentalist approaches of faith engagement in development and humanitarian work.

International Partnership on Religion and Development (PaRD) 

The JLI and PaRD will continue their knowledge partnership in 2022 by seeking full and appropriate engagement of the capacities of faith-based and religious groups in the achievement of the SDGs through effective partnerships with public sector and secular entities, as well as among religious groups themselves.

JLI brings knowledge partner capacities, a proven track record in preparing evidence reports, briefs, calls to action, conference programs, peer-reviewed article, and journals.

Previous Partnerships

2018-2022

Responsiveness to religious diversity in contexts of displacement in Pakistan

The JLI research team completed its research on humanitarians’ responsiveness to religious inequalities in displacement, in collaboration with the Coalition for Religious Equality and Inclusive Development (CREID). The research involved interviews with Shia Hazara refugees from Afghanistan in Pakistan as well as local, national and international providers of support.

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Women Leading Change

Taking place virtually March 30-31, 2022, Women Leading Change sought to build on the work and success of previous convenings focused on faith and gender equality. Women Leading Change brought together more than the usual suspects. Faith practitioners, theologians, social media influencers, and creatives were all in the room to affirm the commonality of their cause and action.

JLI put together a digital resource guide for the participants about approaches to dismantling patriarchal theology and advancing gender equality.

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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.

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Belgium Consortium South Sudan

The role of local faith actors in humanitarian response Bridge Builders report published in 2020

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E-course on Faith Sensitive Humanitarian Response: Mental Health & Psychosocial support

Together with ACT AllianceIslamic Relief Worldwide, and the DCA Learning Lab, JLI developed an E-course on Faith Sensitive Humanitarian Response: Mental Health & Psychosocial support.

The purpose of this training is to give the learner an introduction to faith-sensitive response to humanitarian emergencies, in order to strengthen culturally-sensitive and locally embedded assistance.

Triple Nexus in humanitarian programming

DanChurchAid and JLI worked together to investigate the rise of the Triple Nexus in humanitarian programming. In South Sudan, we researched the intersection of the Triple Nexus with localization by looking at the role and opinions of local faith actors when it came to this new humanitarian way of working. 

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Faith Action for Children on the Move

The Global Partners Forum on Children on the Move took place in 2018. To ensure the Forum has a sound evidence base, the Global Forum Partners with JLI compiled evidence and analyze current response, program approaches, best practices, policy frameworks, and advocacy efforts.

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Religion, Refugees, and Forced Migration: Making Research-informed Impact in Global Policy Processes

JLI received a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation’s Program on Religion in International Affairs for a project titled “Religion, Refugees, and Forced Migration: Making Research-informed Impact in Global Policy Processes”. It was carried out 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.

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Role of Faith and Local Faith Communities in supporting refugees and the implementation of the Global Compact on Refugees

In 2018, JLI’s Refugee Hub partnered with UNHCR, UCL and IRW on a project on the role of local faith communities and implementation of the global compact. The Hub produced five case studies focused on Honduras, Mexico, Uganda, Germany, Bangladesh, and Lebanon about the implementation of the comprehensive refugee response framework