JLI is honored to be admitted as one of the first partners of the International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD). PaRD is a network on religion and development to enhance cooperation in achieving the 2030 Agenda together.

PaRD elected its first fourteen  FBO partner organizations,  including the JLI, Alliance for Religions and Conservation, Arigatou International, GHR Foundation, and Globalethics.net Foundation, Religions for PeaceBuddhist Global Relief, Danmission, Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue, Muslim Hands, Muslims for Progressive Values, Side by Side: Faith Movement for Gender Justice, World Association for Christian Communication, and WCC Armenia Inter-church Charitable Round Table Foundation.

You can become a PaRD partner by submitting an online application at www.partner-religion-development.org


Thoughts from Sadia Kidwai and Elene Fiddia-Qasmiyeh, JLI Refugees and Forced Migration Co-Chairs on the UNGA Summit on Refugees and Migrants. They also share about the purpose of the newly-established JLIF&LC Refugee & Forced Migration Learning Hub to begin addressing such questions and evidence gaps on the intersection of faith and forced migration.


JLI’s first Refugees and Forced Migration Hub in-person meeting will be during the upcoming September UN General Assembly meetings.


  • Date and time: September 19 (6-8pm EDT), after the UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants. Light supper will be served.
  • Place: The Salvation Army – International Social Justice Commission offices- 221 E 52nd Street, New York City, NY 10022 (For your reference, the office is between 2nd and 3rd Avenue in Manhattan – closer to 3rd.)


Meeting Minutes


You will be able to dial-in or log-in online, in case you cannot come to the meeting in person.

The Refugee and Forced Migration Hub brings together expert stakeholders in areas related to religion, faith, migration and refugees as well as practitioners, policy makers and academics. The Hub is co-chaired by Sadia Kidwai of Islamic Relief Worldwide and Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Co-Director of University College London’s Migration Research Unit.


The agenda will include:

  • Introductions and exchange of information about members’ interests and work relating to the Hub topic.
  • Review and discussion of the Hub concept and work plan,
  • Updates on religion and faith in relation to Forced Migration during UNGA meetings
  • Discussion of next steps

The Refugee and Forced Migration Hub is a part of the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities Learning Hubs (JLI&LC Hubs), which narrow the focus of enquiry about evidence for faith groups’ activities and contributions to community wellbeing to selected sub-topics. For more information, see the Refugee and Forced Migration Meeting Notes and Hub draft TOR from the first teleconference.

The International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD) just issued an invitation to religious and faith-based organizations to join as partners in conjunction with the unveiling of their new website:


PaRD is a network on religion and development to enhance cooperation in achieving the 2030 Agenda together.

You can become a partner by submitting an online application and following the steps below:

  1. Please visit www.partner-religion-development.org  and create an account at the bottom of the page under PARTNERS.
  2. Once your account has been created, you may access the registration form by log- in. You can take your time to gather all the required information and documents, because all progress on the form will be saved. You may continue filling in the form by simply logging in again at a later stage.
  3. As soon as you have filled in the form, click submit and wait for the confirmation.
  4. PaRD will get back to you as soon as possible. Checking all applications will take time and we kindly ask for your patience. However, if you have not heard back from us within 3 weeks or experience any problems with your application, please contact [email protected]