The Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities is a knowledge partner with the International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development/PaRD workstreams to conduct research on partnerships/collaboration between religious/faith actors, NGOs, governmental, and inter-governmental agencies on peace justice and strong institutions (SDG 16).
The first stage of the PaRD SDG 16 Workstream research project is to collect and share good practices and models of violence prevention and peacebuilding processes in which religious and traditional actors have been involved in SDG 16. The JLI research will focus on partnerships between faith actors, NGOs, governmental, and inter-governmental agencies and in the following countries:
  • Africa: Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, and Central African Republic
  • Asia: Myanmar, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka
This should only take 5 minutes to complete and will allow us to follow-up with you or your suggested partner organizations to conduct the research interviews and build the case studies. The research is expected to be completed by July, with initial results communicated at the PaRD Annual Meeting in May.
 
We request that you complete this form by Wednesday, March 27. If you have any questions about the form or case studies, please contact Dr Olivia Wilkinson, JLI Director of Research ([email protected])

March 11, 2019

By Olivia Wilkinson and Susanna Trotta on the Georgetown University Berkley Center blog

This blog post highlights Education and Refugee Response from the JLIFLC policy brief on the implementation of the Global Compact on Refugees with faith actors.

“In the Global Compact on Refugees’ program of action, education falls within a section on meeting needs and supporting communities. The main provision within the compact is for the support of national education systems, which in many cases will include schools that are run by faith-based institutions and operating within national laws and policies. However, refugee children can struggle to gain places (especially in over-burdened systems) and integrate into new education systems. Issues related to which curricula to follow and to accreditation between home, host, and destination curricula have caused problems. Instead, children on the move may seek non-formal education opportunities, which can also be run by faith actors, such as sessions in religious buildings with provisions funded by the faith community.”

See full Georgetown Berkley Center Post Here

The World Council of Churches (WCC) posted the following News article:

21 February 2019

In remarks during a workshop on HIV among migrants and refugees, UNAIDS executive director Michel Sidibé spoke of the challenge of HIV in what has become a rapidly changing and very unpredictable world.

“We believe you will never be able to reach people when you are born privileged,” Sidibé reflected. “Your job is to cross the road and reach people who are not privileged. What we need are bridges connecting us all to reach other.”

The workshop was organized on 20-21 February by UNAIDS, the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the International Catholic Migration Commission.

“We are living in a rapidly changing and unpredictable world,” said Sidibé. “From my country of Mali to Eastern Europe to South America, the right to health and the right to education is not being upheld in conflict-affected settings.”

We simply cannot think of the challenge of HIV in isolation, he continued. “We need to understand the bigger picture, and the role of faith-based organizations is very critical.”

As more and more people are on the move, faith-based organizations are critical in ensuring people have access to healthcare, said Sidibé, because faith-based groups reach people at the grassroots and know what people are facing in their daily lives.

“We are facing massive political upheaval everywhere, and a lack of economic opportunity for young people, mixed with democratic fatigue,” he said. “We have a divide today and it is a lack of trust, and if people don’t have jobs, they don’t have hope.”

HIV is linked to inequality and to lack of opportunity, Sidibé noted. “What I’m seeing as the biggest problem is social inequality. If you have a breakdown, what will happen is that people will not stay there.”

With 68 million people forced from their homes across the world due to violence, war and conflict, in many places the bulk of health services are being provided by faith-based organizations. “What is happening to people on the move? They are becoming victims of violence, and we really need to understand that. We need to think in a more integrated and practical way.”

Link to WCC News post

New Knowledge Partnership between Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities (JLI) and the International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD)

 

On October 27, 2018, JLI and PaRD signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at JLI’s Annual Board Meeting. Jonathan Duffy, JLI Board Chair and Jean Duff, JLI President and Thomas Lawo, PaRD Secretariat Coordinator signed for their respective organizations. The PaRD Steering Group ratified the MOU at its meeting in Toronto in November 2018.

 

The JLI and PaRD seek full and appropriate engagement of the capacities of faith-based and religious groups in the achievement of the SDGs through effective partnerships with public sector and secular entities, as well as among religious groups themselves. JLI brings knowledge partner capacities, a proven track record in preparing evidence reports, briefs, calls to action, conference programs, peer-reviewed article, and journals. PaRD focuses on joint  joint activities in its three areas of engagement knowledge exchange, capacity building, and joint advocacy.

 

JLI will provide evidence support to PaRD’s three work streams:

  • SDG 3 Health with a focus on faith and adolescent sexual and reproductive health,
  • SDG 5 Gender Equality and Empowerment with a focus on the role of faith-based partnerships in preventing and addressing gender-based violence and
  • SDG 16 Sustaining Peace with a focus on effective peacebuilding

 

The studies and evidence briefs will be co-designed and will draw upon PaRD and JLI members’ information and experiences, which will, in turn, inform joint research and advocacy agendas. Each of the three workstreams will present preliminary reports for discussion during the PaRD annual meeting on May 2 and 3 in Copenhagen.

 

Please visit www.pard.international and read more on PaRD and its members’ activities! Read about the JLI’s work through learning hubs and partnerships at jliflc.com.

The Role of Local Faith Actors In Implementing The Global Compact On Refugees

February 18, 2019

Amman, Jordan

 

On February 18th, local and regional and international actors from all sectors met in Amman, Jordan for a half-day seminar. The meeting attendees included government agencies, think tanks, community-based and humanitarian organizations including faith-based organizations. The Jordanian Hashemite Charity Organization, World Vision International, Anglican Communion, Muslim Aid, Middle East Council of Churches, Caritas Jordan, ICMC, Syria Relief, Tearfund and Mennonite Central Committee were among the organizations represented.

The seminar facilitated discussion on opportunities for increased engagement with local faith actors, examples of current programs and recommendations for better policies and practice to address refugee response in the region.

 

Seminar Goal: To continue and strengthen partnerships and programs to implement the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) by sharing and discussing the critical ways of faith actors respond to refugees and forced migration.

Attendees and speakers at LHL Amman Seminar

Attendees and speakers at LHL Amman Seminar

 

Speakers included:

  • Mr. Mohammed Kilani, Secretary General Deputy, Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization – Welcome
  • Douglas DiSalvo, Senior Protection Officer, UNHCR – Faith and Protection: partnering with religious and FBOS to implement the Global Compact on Refugees
  • Dr. Zakaria Al Sheikh, Trustee and Country Director, Al-Imdaad International (Jordan) – The religious imperative to care for the stranger—examples from Jordan.
  • Jean Duff, President, Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities – Roles of faith actors in implementing the Global Compact on Refugees

Amanda Rives, Regional Policy and Advocacy Director, Middle East and Eastern Europe Region
External Engagement Sr. Advisor, Child Protection & Participation, World Vision International chaired a panel on local faith refugee response with:

  • Fr Mihai Pavel Director Faith and Development Middle East Region, World Vision International
  • Inshirah Mousa – Director of JSR
  • Dr. Kawas, Middle East Council of Churches
  • Sheikh Zayed Hammad, President, Kitab wa Sunneh

Amanda Rives and Marwan Al Hennawi, JHCO chaired the final Q&A Session

 

Co-hosts and Speakers at the LHL Amman Seminar

Co-hosts and Speakers at the LHL Amman Seminar

Key points discussed by the speakers, panels and participants:

  1. The Facts about Local Faith Actors’ care for refugees on the move and in place

The possibility for significant engagement of local faith actors can have much greater depth and scope.  This is seen by the many examples and ways local faith actors help refugees throughout their journey around the world. There are still many unmet possibilities for better ways to care for refugees from local actors, including local faith actors.

“Faith can play a key role in refugees’ experiences and rebuilding their lives. Stakeholders should help make connections with local faith leaders and facilitate spiritual support across all stages and places if desired by refugees. “ –Jean Duff, Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities

 

2. Better ways to work collaborate better together across sectors

The attendees discussed recommendations for joint burden and responsibility sharing and the areas of support (Reception and Admission, Meeting Needs, and Supporting Communities), and solutions. These are based on JLI’s analysis of faith actors’ strengths and weaknesses, the current examples of programs, and ways to better work across sectors together for a joint response.

“Refugees often find comfort in being able to continue their prayer and religious duties. Faith sensitive providers like JHCO can help link refugees with faith leaders and place of worship and provide psychosocial support.” -Ayman Al Mufleh, Jordanian Hashemite Charity Organization

 

 

Co-Hosts: The Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities, the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization, World Vision, and the UN Interagency Task Force on Religion and Development

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other news:

Jordanian Hashemite Charity Organization release in the Jordan Times

 

This event is part of a larger series of dynamic events on the intersection of faith actors and the Global Compact on Refugees. Other events will be held in Beirut, Brussels and Geneva funded by the Henry Luce Foundation

 

Read more about JLI’s research on the roles of local faith actors and the Global Compact on Refugees. Brief available in English and Arabic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accompanying Resource Brief

Migration and Society is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal advancing debate about emergent trends in all types of migration. The journal publishes work that situates migration in a wider historical and societal context, including attention to experiences and representations of migration, critical theoretical perspectives on migration, and the social, cultural, and legal embeddedness of migration. Global in its scope, we particularly encourage scholarship from and about the global South as well as the North.

Issue 3 of Migration and Society (to be published in early 2020) will be dedicated to critical explorations of migration from and through the vantage point of Southern, decolonial, anticolonial and postcolonial theories and methodologies. The issue will focus on theoretical and empirical approaches to the study of historical and contemporary processes of migration within, across, and between what can be conceptualized as ‘the Global South’.

Submissions are welcome for consideration.

The deadline for submissions is 15 May 2019.

Contact Information:

Mette Louise Berg ([email protected])
Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh ([email protected])
Johanna Waters ([email protected])

 

View full details of the Call for Submissions

More information on Submissions: http://ojs.berghahnjournals.com/index.php/air-ms
For more information about the journal, including the style guide, visit www.berghahnjournals.com/migration-and-society

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities (JLI) is pleased to announce a research collaboration “Bridging the Gap: The role of local faith actors in humanitarian response,” funded by the Belgian Government for Development Cooperation.

This new 12-month project (1/10/18 – 30/09/19) in South Sudan is a partnership with Tearfund Belgium, Tearfund United Kingdom, Islamic Relief Worldwide, RedR UK, and the University of Leeds.

The project aims to bridge the gap in localization dialogues to find practical ways of working through workshops of faith actors and non-faith actors in first line humanitarian response. The collaboration seeks to increase understanding, trust, coordination, and collaboration between partners and  knowledge on localization processes. The project will first look at partnership models and map actors involved in humanitarian assistance in South Sudan.

The remaining program focuses on capacity and skills building for local faith actors with ongoing coaching and networking, and opportunities for local partner grants. The project will then address knowledge and awareness of local faith actors in the broader humanitarian system to contribute to the Charter4Change commitments and moving forward from the World Humanitarian Summit.

 

Project contact:

Paul Johnston, Tearfund UK: [email protected]

For further information about the research contact:

Professor Emma Tomalin, University of Leeds: [email protected]

Dr. Olivia Wilkinson, JLI: [email protected]

SEREDA (Sexual and Gender-based violence in the refugee crisis: from displacement to arrival) is a major new international research initiative led by University of Birmingham’s Institute for Research Into Superdiversity (IRiS) in partnership with Bilkent University, Uppsala University and University of Melbourne. The project aims to understand the incidence and nature of SGBV experienced by women, men and child refugees who have fled conflict in the Levant Region.

One of the SEREDA-attached doctoral research projects is focused on SGBV at the intersection of religion and displacement, it examines the influences of religion on SGBV experiences of women in the refugee journeys.

The specific objectives are

  1. to examine the role of religion in shaping refugee women’s vulnerability toward SGBV;
  2. to explore how religion shapes refugee women’s resilience to cope with their experiences of SGBV;
  3. to examine the ways in which religion, faith and/or spirituality are incorporated in SGBV responses.

 

Data collection is planned in two phases: April-May, 2019 and November-December 2019 in Turkey (Istanbul and Ankara) and online with faith-based and secular SGBV respondents. The project will comply with the University of Birmingham’s research ethics and rigid SGBV research standards.

 

Organizations interested in cooperation and/or learning exchange please contact Sandra Iman Pertek at [email protected] for further information. The project is looking for partners and supporting organizations to help facilitate the research process, e.g. the recruitment of potential research participants. There are also opportunities for co-production and upscaling the research sample.

SGBV & Religion Research Bio

The JLI recently hosted an online event to learn about the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) adoption directly from UNHCR. JLI Research Director launched our new policy brief on faith actors and the implementation of the GCR. A range of organizations about their reflections on faith and the GCR.

Agenda and quick highlights

Welcome – Jean Duff, JLI Coordinator

Update on the GCR and role of faith actors – Rachel Criswell, NGO and Faith Liaison, UNHCR

  • With increasing numbers of refugees and protracted discplacement worldwide, robust support from the start to bolster areas such as infrastructure, water supply, hospitals, schools, and roads. The Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) was set out in the New York Declaration (NYD) for Refugees and Migrants (Sept 2016), adopted by all 193 Member States of the UN.CRRF forms the basis of the new Global Compact on Refugees (GCR), which operationalize it through a Programme of Action and translate policies into practice. The GCR is based on the experiences in practical application of the CRRF in concrete situations in the field.   The GCR calls for the response to a crisis to supplement humanitarian services with development support for refugee and host communities alike. After two years of consultation, on December 17, member states excluding the US and Hungary ratified the GCR at the UN General Assembly.
  • Good practice case studies, implementation of the CRRF and further information on comprehensive refugee response can be found at http://www.globalcrrf.org

Role of Faith Actors in Implementing the Global Compact – Dr. Olivia Wilkinson, JLI Director of Research (Launch of new JLI policy brief)

  • “Faith-based actors could support the planning and delivery of arrangements to assist refugees and host communities, including in the areas of conflict prevention, reconciliation, and peacebuilding, as well as other relevant areas.”– Global Compact on Refugees, UNHCR
  • Roles of Faith Actors in Arrangements for Burden- and Responsibility-sharing and three Areas in Need of Support (1.Reception and Admission, 2.Meeting Needs and Supporting Communities, 3.Solutions).
  • Faith actors are actively involved in responding to forced displacement, well-positioned to mobilize resources, and provide material and immaterial support to foster appropriate, tailored response.
    • Faith actors’ experience and role should be acknowledged and considered in the design and implementation of every stage of the humanitarian response to forced displacement.
    • Faith can play an instrumental role in forced migrants’ experiences. Stakeholders should work to more fully understand this aspect of displacement experiences and facilitate spiritual support across all stages and places of displacement.
  • See Policy brief funded by the Luce Foundation for case studies and recommondations.

Learning exchange on Faith and GCR

  • Emily Wei, Catholic Relief Services
  • Atallah FitzGibbon, Islamic Relief Worldwide
  • Dr Katherine Marshall, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs & World Faiths Development Dialogue
    • Presented three initiatives in research and policy in refugee issues
    • Research on critical areas in refugee issues in conflict countires ex. Nigeria
    • Host Country research in Kenya and third country resettlement countries ex. US: Diaspora communities and religion with Pluralism Project
    • Presented a two-year project supported by Georgetown University’s Board of Regents
      • various case studies underway currently for example in the northern triangle countries and reception in the US
      • Need to understand better specific facets of religious approaches, including links to conflicts spurring migration and refugee flows
      • Mapping of purposeful interventions, learning lessons from good and bad practice
      • Need to understand better specific facets of religious approaches, including links to conflicts spurring migration and refugee flows
      • Mapping of purposeful interventions, learning lessons from good and bad practice
      • See Berkley Center refugee site
    • G20 Recommenations
  • Giulia McPherson, Jesuit Refugee Service
    • Presented JRS Advocacy Efforts and
    • Key Messages:
      • Accompany all vulnerable people on the move and to provide for their basic needs.
      • Invest in medium- and long-term development approaches to the humanitarian needs of forcibly displaced persons.
      • Invest in economic and infrastructure growth within host communities.
      • Share the financial burden and other costs among all countries.
  • Christo Greyling, World Vision International
  • Tom Albinson, International Association for Refugees (with Christine Macmillan at World Evangelical Alliance)
    • Presented IAFR Continuum of Reponse. Model to help faith communities understand how to support people in recovery and long-term durable solutions
      • helping people who are displaced or are refugees find support, people recovering from trauma and people who are in new contexts, people who need spiritual support and listening to those displaced to affirm their dignity be a part of the solution

Closing remarks and Wrap Up

Join the JLI Refugee Hub for continued joint learning

Related Resources:

Read the Policy Brief

 

 

 

 

 

Accompanying Resource Brief

Presentation PowerPoint

JLI New Policy Brief- Faith Actors and Global Compact on Refugees

To maximize the significant opportunities presented by the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR), the international community must recognize the experience and capabilities of faith actors (FAs) and break down existing barriers to partnerships to enable a more comprehensive, effective, and durable response.

While the GCR does acknowledge that: “Faith-based actors could support the planning and delivery of arrangements to assist refugees and host communities, including in the areas of conflict prevention, reconciliation, and peacebuilding, as well as other relevant areas,” the critical and comprehensive role that FAs play – as well as their potential for efficient service delivery – warrants a fuller and more nuanced examination.

The following policy brief provides a set of recommendations based on evidence concerning the multiple roles that faith and faith actors play across different stages and spaces of forced displacement. The brief is aligned with the GCR’s sections on Arrangements for Burden- and Responsibility-sharing and its three Areas in Need of Support (Reception and Admission, Meeting Needs and Supporting Communities, and Solutions)

This brief and corresponding resource brief were funded through the Luce Foundation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read the supporting ‘Resource Brief’ that provides a reading list of articles related to faith, refugees, and the Global Compact