An international collaboration on evidence for faith groups’ activities and contribution to community health and wellbeing.
JLIF&LC was formed in 2012, and initially funded, by a broad collaboration of international development organizations, UN agencies, academic institutions and religious bodies. This group was drawn together by a single shared conviction: that there is an urgent need to build our collective understanding of the potential of local faith communities for improving community health and well being.
Full and appropriate engagement of the capacities of faith-based groups in the achievement of the SDGs through effective partnerships with public sector and secular entities, as well as among religious groups themselves.
- cross-sector, multi-religious, cross disciplinary, collaborative learning platforms;
- robust evidence and smart communication to transform the quality, effectiveness, and impact of partnerships between faith groups and the development community.
The initiative is guided by a Board of Directors, Executive Committee and Advisory Group, with support from Knowledge Manager, Stacy Nam and part-time Coordinator, Jean Duff. International stakeholders are engaged both as ‘Friends of the JLI F&LC’ and as working members of Learning Hubs. Learning Hub approach was inspired by the experience of the Joint Learning Initiative on Children and HIV/AIDS.
Questions we ask:
To fully engage the capacities and assets of faith groups to realize a world without poverty, what data about them, and what evidence for activity and impact is required, and by whom?
- What do policy makers and practitioners want and need to know?
- What do we already know?
- How can what we know be better communicated?
- How can we collaborate to fill critical research gaps?
Successes and results thus far include: Scoping Studies and Policy Briefs; New research underway; Leadership in Lancet Series on Faith and Health; NGO and government Briefings in London NYC and Washington; New partnerships among practitioner and academic Hub members.
Funders and contributors:
JLIF&LC is supported by a variety of partner organizations including: ADRA Australia, CAFOD, Christian Aid, Episcopal Relief & Development, IMA World Health, Islamic Relief, The MacLellan Foundation, Samaritan’s Purse, Tearfund, UNFPA and World Vision International. McKinsey & Company and other partners contribute expert advice and support.
JLI’s Board of Directors provides active oversight and governance of JLI’s strategic priorities, directions, and delivery of activities. The Board of Directors is comprised of faith-based organizations, religious leaders, and academic partners. A small Executive Committee is drawn from JLI’s Board of Directors, which provides on-going support to JLI’s Coordinator, Jean Duff.
JLI receives guidance from an Advisory Group, which includes leaders of multilateral and bilateral organizations with interest in faith engagement, as well as other interested stakeholders including foundations, secular development organizations, and the private sector.
Board of Directors
* Executive Committee members marked with asterisk
|* Matthew Frost
||Chairman, the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities
||Adventist Development & Relief Agency
|| American Jewish World Service
|* Rob Radtke
||Episcopal Relief & Development
||Food for the Hungry
||Humanitarian Forum Indonesia
||International Interfaith Peace Corps
||IMA World Health
||International Justice Mission UK
||Islamic Relief USA
|* Muhtari Aminu-Kano
||Islamic Relief Worldwide
||McKinsey & Company
|* Jean Duff
||Partnership for Faith & Development
|* Nigel Harris
||The Salvation Army
||University of British Columbia
|* Jill Olivier
||University of Cape Town
||University of Glasgow
||World Evangelical Alliance
|* Charles Owubah
||World Vision International
List will be updated with additional members as the Board of Directors is finalized
||International Partnership on Religion & Development
||Soka Gakkai International
||The Global Fund
||World Bank Group