Local Faith Communities in Urban Displacement: Evidence on Urbanization and Localization

Brief Author: Olivia Wilkinson

Design: Stacy Nam

Key points:

  • Local faith actors should be recognized as legitimate “local,” “civil society” actors
  • A greater familiarity with the structures of local faith actors is needed to breakdown barriers and biases and increase partnerships
  • Research communication can help increase familiarity within the humanitarian sector of local faith actors
  • Mediating organizations with knowledge of the local and national context can broker these interactions
  • Coordination mechanisms for refugee response must work to include local faith actors so that they do not work in parallel
  • Psychosocial approaches integrating secular psychology with spiritual support can be effective for refugees


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