Date(s) - 06/05/2020
9:00 am - 10:00 am
According to UNICEF, an estimated 50 million children are on the move in the world today. Some are refugees or asylum seekers, others are internally displaced due to conflict and violence, and millions more have lost their homes in natural disasters.
In response, faith-based organizations have joined together through the Children on the Move coalition which works to end violence against refugee, immigrant and internally displaced children. During this webinar, experts from Arigatou International, Joint Learning Initiative’s head researcher Olivia Wilkinson and experts from World Vision International will look at the realities and challenges for children on the move, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This webinar will also look at the unique contributions of faith communities, such as providing spiritual support for children and their caregivers, offering protection and working to combat xenophobia, racism and discrimination
Learn more and register for the webinar here.
Dr. Olivia Wilkinson
Dr. Olivia Wilkinson is the Director of Research at the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities. She is a qualitative researcher with expertise in religion, secularism, and international humanitarian action and development. She has partnered with many different humanitarian and development organizations to produce research on topics including localization, refugee response, and peace and conflict. Her new book is called “Secular and Religious Dynamics in Humanitarian Response” and unpicks how secularity is one of many privileges and biases in the humanitarian system, making aid unfair and inappropriate
Andrea Kaufmann is World Vision’s Senior Advisor for External Engagement, building faith-based partnerships to collaborate and advocate for fullness of life for children. Andrea is passionate about the unique and essential role of local faith communities for sustainable global humanitarian, development and advocacy work. Her experience includes grassroots development, partnerships with local faith actors, communications, program design, management and evaluation. She has also had the opportunity to learn from and with Channels of Hope practitioners and facilitators around the world.
Fred Nyabera is the Director of the Interfaith Initiative to End Child Poverty at Arigatou International. He is a social scientist and a trained theologian with interest in development work. His skills and experience include intra- and interreligious dialogue & action, leadership development, peacebuilding and mediation. He has undertaken graduate and post graduate studies in Sociology, Anthropology, Divinity, Conflict Transformation and Organizational Leadership at the University of Nairobi, Union Biblical Seminary – India, Eastern Mennonites University, Virginia – U.S.A and Africa International University. Previously he served as a pastor at the Nairobi Baptist Church and Karen Community Church. He also served as the Executive Director of the Fellowship of Christian Councils and Churches in the Great Lakes and Horn of Africa – FECCLAHA (a regional peacebuilding NGO with membership in ten countries). He is a recipient of the, 2019 “Spirit of the United Nations.” The award is presented to members of the UN community including ambassadors, UN Staff, NGOs, and youth representatives ¬for upholding the founding spirit of the United Nations.