Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities

The Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities is an international collaboration on evidence for faith groups' activities and contributions to local community health and wellbeing, and was founded in 2012 with the aim to build collective understanding of local faith communities to establish peaceful coexistence and improve community health. An open source, non-partisan knowledge sharing platform for all sectors, JLI seeks to engage religious and faith-based groups to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. By enhancing their capacities, the initiative strives for excellence in evidence, communications, and advocacy through effective partnerships with public sector and secular entities, and among religious groups themselves.

The JLI works through Learning Hubs, publications, conferences and projects, and targets the policy, practitioner and academic sectors; currently more than 500 stakeholders are members of JLI’s Hubs, which expand from anti-human trafficking and modern slavery to gender-based violence. They also focus on ending violence against children, refugees and forced migration, and the mobilization of local faith communities. With their interdisciplinary, collaborative, and share learning aspect, the Hubs increase the evidence on faith engagement to improve policy and practice. 

Their goals are threefold:

  • Excellence in evidence: build cross-sector multi-religious, collaborative learning hubs &serve as a knowledge partner to improve the quality, management and accessibility of evidence
  • Excellence in communication: deliver smart communications to academics, policy makers and practitioners
  • Excellence in advocacy: encourage change in key areas of policy and practice through evidence-based policy on religious engagement in humanitarian and development