Dear JLI Network,

Greetings! My first six weeks at JLI have been both exhilarating and reflective. Current events, the rising calls and activism for racial justice, the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, and the reaffirmation that real change begins in our families and communities make clear that JLI's mission is more pertinent than ever. We will strive to more effectively support and promote the work of members, and most importantly faith actors, organizations, and leaders immediately engaged at community levels. 

On Juneteenth, we released a JLI Staff Statement on our Commitment to Action for Racial Justice and Solidarity and are now applying these actions in our work.

We are now reviewing how best to achieve our mandate of building evidence that, as our mission statement says, contributes to the full and appropriate engagement of faith actors in humanitarian and development work. We are building in processes for your input, feedback, and guidance, even as we embark on new projects. It is an exciting time.  

We are especially grateful to IRUSA for new support to the MEAL Hub work. Please explore the resources described here, and always know that I value your thoughts and ideas. 

Kirsten Laursen Muth

Chief Executive Officer

JLI News
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Faith and Positive Change for Children, Families, and Communities COVID-19 Guidance
The Faith and Positive Change for Children, Families and Communities (FPCC), a collaboration including JLI, UNICEF, and Religions for Peace are launching a series of thematic guidance documents for religious leaders and faith communities on the key issues and actions they can take in preventing and addressing COVID-19 and its secondary effects. The partners are working on guidance for three more thematic areas to address other COVID-19 key issues, stay tuned.

Read about the FPCC initiative here
The ‘Bridging the Gap’ consortium launched the report about a two-year pilot of a ‘Bridge Builder’ model. This model developed by Christian and Muslim aid agencies working together, have enabled two-way, shared learning opportunities that could be replicated elsewhere. 

The consortium comprises:  Tearfund, Islamic Relief, RedR UK, The Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities (JLI) and the University of Leeds.

Key Findings
  • When aid agencies and local faith leaders and communities share their skills and knowledge, humanitarian response can be more effective. 
  • Faith leaders and communities in South Sudan are ready, willing and able to engage with the wider humanitarian system.
  • International humanitarian workers and agencies have much to learn from local faith leaders and communities, who have vast experience and understanding of their local context. International humanitarian responders should examine and remove the barriers that have stopped them from partnering with local faith leaders and communities previously.
Read the report

Recent launch event for the new E-course on Faith Sensitive Humanitarian Response: Mental Health & Psychosocial support (above). Speakers included Alastair Ager, Atallah FitzGibbon, Sylwyn Alba and Stephanie Simonsen.

You are invited to participate in this new E-Course. This training was developed in collaboration between the ACT Alliance, the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities (JLI), Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW), and the DCA Learning Lab.

The purpose of this new 1.5 hour training is to give the learner an introduction to faith-sensitive response to humanitarian emergencies, in order to strengthen culturally-sensitive and locally embedded assistance.

Find out more here

Recent Partner Resources
New Blog Post: 
What's Faith got to do with COVID-19 by Katherine Marshall and Olivia Wilkinson
Anglican Consultative Council and the Anglican Alliance

Learn about WFDD-Berkley Center- JLI COVID-19 Initiative
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