The Resilience Hub focused on building evidence for the activity and impact of Local Faith Communities in promoting individual and community resilience in humanitarian and disaster situations. Local Faith Communities (LFC) and faith groups providing aid and support to people in disaster, conflict and other humanitarian situations.
Co-chairs: Alastair Ager, Queen Margaret University, Columbia University, Edinburgh University and DFID and Helen Stawski, Islamic Relief
The Resilience Hub guided a scoping report on the question of evidence for LFC contribution to resilience. This surveyed what is already known about faith groups’ activities and contributions to this field. Led by Alastair Ager and Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh along with Helen Stawski and many practitioner and academic hub members.
The role of LFCs in building resilience among Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey
Led by Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh (JLI Refugees & Forced Migration Co-Chair), with Alastair Ager of Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh and Columbia University (Co-I), Anna Rowlands of Durham University (Co-I) and Lyndsey Stonebridge of University of East Anglia (Co-I). This interdisciplinary and participatory research project is supported by a Large PaCCS Grant (£800,000) awarded by the AHRC-ESRC through the Global Challenges Research Fund.
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Every year, millions of people around the world are affected by humanitarian crises, both natural and man-made. A significant proportion of people living with HIV (PLHIV) are also affected by conflict, disasters or displacement. HIV can spread quickly in conditions of poverty, powerlessness and social instability, conditions that are often at their most extreme during emergencies.
The declaration, known as an Affirmation of Welcome, is the first to involve UNHCR and a spectrum of faith-based groups. It sets out principles to guide faith leaders in providing welcoming environments for refugees and displaced people, and those without citizenship, including through promoting community understanding and tolerance, and combatting xenophobia.
The idea for a joint declaration emerged from a meeting hosted by UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres in Geneva in December 2012 with religious leaders and faith-based NGOs.
Taking place between February and April of this year, drafting of the Affirmation involved a coalition of leading faith-based organizations and academic institutions. The text draws upon principles and values of welcome shared by religions including Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism.
The Partnership Note sets out broad guidance for UNHCR staff to engage with, reach out to, and partner with faith actors in the context of forced displacement. It describes UNHCR’s understanding of the range of faith actors and the role they play in humanitarian responses. The Note also flags the challenges of partnership and highlights instances where we would not normally engage owing to humanitarian and human rights considerations. More importantly, it contains examples of good practice and lessons learned from existing partnerships in the field and highlights principles that are a point of departure for dialogue and cooperation with faith actors and communities, while setting out actions and activities to put these principles into practice. The Partnership Note may be used as point of departure for conversations on many issues between UNHCR and faith actors. It can also help guide you, as partners, to establish dialogue across faiths and with a range of humanitarian actors.
Published: 2014Author:Turk, V.; Riera, J.; Poirier, M.
Reviews faith based organizations, primarily Christian organizations, and the history of their development and the context in which they operate. The roles these organizations play and challenges they face are also discussed.
A Review and Recommendations on Enhancing Protection through Partnership
The evolution in child protection thinking has also led to an increasing emphasis on more holistic approaches to humanitarian interventions for children in situations of armed conflict. There is increasing recognition of the multi-dimensionality of the individual child and that his/her corresponding needs and rights are located in a variety of equally significant domains. This necessitates an integrated approach to protection, which entails collaboration across disciplines and innovative models of partnership.
In situations of conflict, religious communities often have some of the few remaining structures, networks and services in areas ravaged by fighting and inaccessible to outside humanitarian intervention. Their humanitarian efforts are due to more than just presence, however. The world‘s major religions tend to place service within the contexts of broader callings towards peace making and community building. These efforts are so often under-reported, as they are the organic product of deeply held beliefs and worldviews.
Published: 2014Author:UNICEF and Religions for Peace