Faith actors have long been involved in initiatives aimed at improving the wellbeing and health of communities. While much of the international system continues to be characterised by secular approaches, there is an increasing awareness of the contribution of faith communities to development and humanitarian action, which goes hand in hand with a recognition that international secular approaches are not always suited for engagements with local faith actors. Other areas of faith and development/humanitarian action have received increased attention in recent years; however, we still know relatively little about Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL), and faith in the sector.
The JLI Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Hub therefore decided to compile an analysis of challenges and good practice examples of local-international partnerships on MEAL in which faith is an aspect. It is the intention that these examples are of use to a broad humanitarian and development audience. The compendium is based on case studies submissions by MEAL Hub members (and beyond) as well as 31 interviews with representatives of secular and faith-based international organisations, local faith actors, and academics. It showcases how 10 organisations working in the development and humanitarian sector in Africa, Asia, the Carribean, the Middle East, and Latin America approach MEAL in their local international
partnerships with a faith element.