Faith communities are vital partners for effective humanitarian action within the current refugee crisis.
The JLI Refugee Hub will present on the role of local faith actors and children on the move focusing on key themes in spiritual support, continuum of child protection and building peaceful societies and combating xenophobia. Amanda Rives Argeñal, World Vision International will introduce the recent Faith Action for Children on the Move Conference in Rome proceedings and action plan.
The webinar will also feature KAICIID Fellow, Dr. Aleksandra Djurić Milovanović, from the Institute for Balkan Studies of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts.
Dr. Milovanović will focus on the engagement of the faith-based organizations in the Balkans, especially in Serbia, in providing humanitarian aid for the migrants and refugees in the past few years. Alongside other humanitarian organizations, faith-based organizations had significant role in providing assistance for refugees, asylum-seekers and especially for vulnerable categories such are unaccompanied children, minors and women. The level of visibility of the faith-based organizations’ actions is different in each national country. Often, religious communities and their humanitarian organizations engaged in helping refugees take the position of silent, invisible actors. Focusing on their responses to the migration flows, we will discuss the issue of multi-religious cooperation in supporting and reception of the migrants and refugees as well as difference in the approach of the faith-based organizations comparing to other humanitarian organizations.
Children on the Move Learning Briefs (in English and Italian):
With Guest Speakers:
KAICIID Fellow, Dr. Aleksandra Djurić Milovanović
Anthropologist and Research Fellow at the Institute for Balkan Studies of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts
Dr. Aleksandra Djurić Milovanović is a research fellow at the Institute for Balkan Studies of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (Belgrade, Serbia). Aleksandra earned her PhD in Ethnology and Anthropology (2012) from the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philosophy. Her academic research has been primarily focused on the anthropology of religion, religion and migration, and contemporary evangelical movements in Europe. She has published academic papers in various languages, edited volumes, and participated in numerous programs, workshops, and international conferences worldwide. In 2017, she was awarded the position of Visiting Fellow at the University College Cork – Study of Religions (Ireland). Her book Double Minorities in Serbia: Distinctive Aspects of the Religion and Ethnicity of the Romanians in Vojvodina was published in 2015 by the Institute for Balkan Studies SASA (Belgrade, Serbia). Aleksandra has several years’ experience of working and researching in multiethnic, multiconfessional, and multilingual Christian communities in the Balkans. Recently, she co-edited the volume Orthodox Christian Renewal Movements in Eastern Europe (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). Aleksandra is particularly interested in the promotion of tolerance, interreligious dialogue and human rights. From 2018 she became KAICIID International Fellow in Vienna. Her current research focuses on religion, contemporary migration crises and refugees in Europe.
Amanda Rives Argeñal, World Vision International
Amanda Rives is the Senior Advisor on Child Protection and Participation Global Sector for World Vision International specializing in child protection and participation and based in Amman. She represents World Vision globally in selected networks, associations, and boards; ensuring the organization effectively collaborates with partners, influences decision-makers, and mobilizes resources to contribute to Agenda 2030. In recent years, Amanda also served as Regional Advocacy and Mobilization Director for Latin America and the Caribbean. Her responsibilities have included the development and implementation of the regional advocacy agenda, including campaigns and public engagement, as well as child protection, child and youth participation, and volunteer programs. Originally from the US, Amanda began her career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras and has spent most of her life working on social justice issues and Latin America, seeking to mobilize civil society, children and youth, governments and policy makers, as well as the media and private sector.