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Self Report 2017

The self-report on WHS Commitments below is organized according to the 24 transformations of the Agenda for Humanity. It is based on commitments pledged at the time of report submission. Click on the 'Expand' symbol to expand each section and read the reporting inputs by transformation.

Reinforce, do not replace, national and local systems

Individual Commitment

  • What led your organization to make the commitment?

    Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities (JLI) from its inception has been committed to providing evidence on religious and faith-based groups' contributions to humanitarian response.

  • Achievements at a glance

    - JLI disseminated the 5 policy briefs for advocacy found at
    - JLI launched a new Learning Hub on Religion Faith, Refugees and Forced Migration, in July 2016. The Hub Co-Chairs are Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Associate Professor, University College London, and Sadia Kidwai at Islamic Relief Worldwide. The Refugees and Forced Migration Hub brings together expert stakeholders including, practitioners, policy makers and academics in areas related to local faith communities, migration and refugees.
    - JLI organized a Religion Faith, Refugees and Forced Migration meeting through the JLI Refugees and Forced Migration Hub on September 19, 2016 in NY to complement the UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants at the UN General Assembly.
    - JLI is committed to gathering best practice of methods and mechanisms relating to engagement of local faith actors. JLI is cohosting a working meeting on Localizing Response to Humanitarian Need: The Role of Religious and Faith-Based Organizations in October 16-19 2017.

  • How is your organization assessing progress

    The JLI tracks monthly progress on goals and reports annually through the annual report.

  • Next step to advance implementation in 2017

    ○ The JLI will continue to disseminate resources to partners through email.
    ○ JLI is cohosting a working meeting on Localizing Response to Humanitarian Need: The Role of Religious and Faith-Based Organizations in October 16-19 2017.
    ○ JLI will continue to use it's learning hubs (Peace & Conflict, Refugees and Forced Migration, Sexual and Gender-based Violence, and Mobilisation of Local Faith Communities) as a way to gather practitioners, policymakers and academics to gather evidence on faith and humanitarian response.

  • If you had one message for the annual report on what is most needed to advance the transformation 'Reinforce, do not replace, national and local systems', what would it be

    Our commitment is to provide policymakers with the evidence they need to effectively engage local faith actors in humanitarian response.

  • Cross cutting issues

    People-centred approach Refugees Religious engagement

  • Specific initiatives

    Charter for Faith-based Humanitarian Action

  • Other related Agenda for Humanity transformations

    3A - Reduce and address displacement 3B - Address the vulnerabilities of migrants and provide more regular and lawful opportunities for migration 4C - Deliver collective outcomes: transcend humanitarian-development divides


  • WHS Commitments Attachments
    Transformation - 4A | Religious engagement