Date(s) - 28/09/2021
10:00 am - 11:00 am


A conversation with Researchers, International Practitioners and Participant

Join us at our webinar to hear how international anti-trafficking practitioners have adapted their responses to the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19 and in particular, the role of faith actors during a time of crisis on Tuesday 28th September, 10am-11am GMT.

We will share critical learnings from the new research report: How has the International Anti-Trafficking Response Adapted to COVID-19?


  • Tina Dedace – President of SHE Works, a local organisation in the Philippines supporting trafficked survivors
  • Dr. Nehemiah Bathula and Ezra Bathula – both who run a house church in India and responds to modern slavery and human trafficking
  • Caleb Ng’ombo – Executive Director at People Serving Girls at Risk, a local sex trafficking abolitionist organization in Malawi

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This month we speak to Miriam Mueller, Head of Social Department for ICF Cambodia – one of our newest members.

Welcome to JLI Miriam! What can you tell us about ICF Cambodia?

International Christian Fellowship (ICF) was originally founded in Switzerland. Our main focus is to spread the gospel. However, after seeing the needs of the communities we serve, the founders of ICF decided they wanted to also serve people in a practical way. That is why, in 2014, we established ICF Social.

In ICF Social we focus on two main pillars: the community campus and outreach work. In Cambodia, there are few places which are safe for youth and teenagers to go. In tourist areas, children are at particularly high risk of being drawn into drugs or prostitution. As such, ICF Cambodia has created a community campus where we invite children, teenagers and families to learn and play in a safe environment, access education, and discover their God-given purpose in life.

In our outreach work, we connect with currently around 250 families on a regular basis; supporting family member suffering from abuse and neglect, but also providing prevention work such as training on healthy relationships and education awareness.

Photo Credit: ICF Cambodia

What role do you think faith actors should play in issues of social justice, human rights and community resilience?

ICF Cambodia is a Christian organisation. We believe in scripture regarding how to treat and help the poor. The Bible is very clear that we should be practical in serving the poor.

When we saw the needs of the community, we realised we could not be silent. Like every other organisation that works in these areas, we face many practical and ethical challenges in delivering the work. However, we believe that any challenge we face is worthwhile – because if you are a Christian, you cannot separate social justice from your work, no matter how big the struggle is. I personally believe that God is the ultimate healer, and this is one more reason why I believe you should combine community work with the gospel.

Photo Credit: ICF Cambodia

How did you find out about the JLI, and why did ICF Cambodia decide to join JLI as a member?

I engaged in a survey and interview by the JLI’s Anti-Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Hub. I asked the interviewer if she had any resources or connections where I could learn more, or get advice. I always try to look for mentoring and more information to support my work where I can. She recommended that I join the JLI community. Even the experience of the interview, where I could exchange information, was really helpful for me.

How would you like JLI to support ICF Cambodia in your work?

I hope to get support and resources on conducting monitoring, evaluations and impact measurements for projects and programmes. I find that I can get lost in the amount of data we have, and it can be challenging to pick the significant data and measure it in a smart way.

I also find it very valuable being connected with different leaders from multicultural settings, and to learn from the shared challenges we face.

In Cambodia, we still lack general resources in the local language or suitable for the local context. For example, there are hardly any resources on mental health counselling or social work to teach and train local staff. We have had to produce and translate many of the resources ourselves. So I think there could be opportunity there for us to support each other by exchanging resources.

I think a network like the JLI is a great idea for bringing people together. I enjoy going through the website and look at the different networks. I’m so grateful that people are doing this work.

Learn more about ICF Cambodia here.

The COVID-19 pandemic affects people everywhere, but concerns are mounting about rising inequalities and acute and continuing suffering—within countries and especially among them. The poorest countries, especially in Africa, face devastating fiscal reverses that threaten their capacity to finance health, education, and vaccination programs during the crisis. Worse, they face sharp reverses in development progress and the prospect of continuing uncertainties on finance. Religious communities have long focused on the most vulnerable among us, and thus in the present crisis they have advocated for urgent measures to support both national governments and social protection programs. Vital bottom-line finance issues link social protection for vulnerable people to climate finance and capacities for rapid and fair recovery.

This webinar focused on the G20 Summit, coming up in late October, and the G20 Interfaith Forum in September, which draws on religious communities and their advocacy and support for bold, ambitious multilateral action. The conversation centered on the links between financial and moral challenges that poorer countries face as the COVID-19 pandemic continues its deadly path around the globe. Katherine Marshall, senior fellow at the Berkley Center, moderated the discussion.

This event was co-sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University, the G20 Interfaith Forum, Fscire, the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities, and Jubilee USA.

On September 9 2021, JLI held a webinar where Dr. Nalika Gajaweera, University of Southern California, presented her paper on the Intersection of gender, nationalism, and faith-based giving in Sri Lanka – The Mothers of the Righteous Society: Lay Buddhist Women as Agents of the Sinhala Nationalist Imaginary. Dr. Andrea Paras, University of Guelph, responded followed by a Question and Answer session.

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Date(s) - 15/09/2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


AidEx Nairobi webinar series on 15-16 September 2021. This series will have a wider focus on East Africa. 

The theme for the series is: ‘The impact of COVID-19 on East Africa, the need for better healthcare systems, lessons learnt and building future resilience’.  As part of the series, JLI is co-organizing the following webinar on MEAL and faith.

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, Learning (MEAL) and Faith: Beyond Western Approaches

What are good practices and lessons learned when doing Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, Learning (MEAL) in partnerships with/as local faith actors? What are some of the challenges and opportunities in this area? Is there space for fair, equitable and local approaches, including those that go beyond formalised Western frameworks?


  • MODERATOR: Reverand Cyprian Yobera, Founder, The Kanzi Kibera Friends and Kanzi Kenya Foundation
  • Daryn Joy O.Go, Research Associate, International Care Ministries (ICM)
  • Jennifer EggertDr Jennifer Philippa Eggert, Senior Research Associate, Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities (JLI)
  • Nobuyuki Asai, Director for Sustainable Development and Humanitatian Affairs, Soka Gakkai International (SGI)
  • Dr. Daniel Muvengi, Regional Director, Faith and Development for the Eastern Africa Region, World Vision International

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Date(s) - 07/09/2021
11:30 am - 1:00 pm


As part of the Fair & Equitable Initiative, JLI will hold the webinars group meeting to plan the first 2-3 webinars of the Global Webinar series – interactive public learning events, bringing together researchers and practitioners from across different regions and perspectives to share best practice, reflect on research priorities, and discuss critical questions on how to make joint learning more fair and equitable in religions and development research.

The meeting will take place, via Zoom, on:

Tuesday 7th September
10:30am – 12pm Geneva / 11:30am – 1pm Nairobi / 2pm – 3:30pm Delhi / 6:30pm – 8pm Sydney


  • Amjad Mohammed Saleem, Paths2People, JLI Board Member
  • Sadia Kidwai, JLI

Date(s) - 03/09/2021
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


A Conversation with Alberto Melloni

Berkley Center for Religions, Peace, & World Affairs, Georgetown University event page

Relationships among national and international institutions and religious organizations and communities color politics, governance expectations, and daily life in much of the world. The upheavals of the COVID-19 crisis have cast new light on perennial issues of ethics and belief fundamental for institutions and processes of governance. As we move into an unsettling post-COVID-19 era, global religious and interfaith networks aspire to revitalized roles in advancing global agendas. Many questions will arise along the path, including how religious ideals are framed and how contested questions—theological, philosophical, and practical—are to be addressed.

With the ambitious G20 Interfaith Forum in Bologna fast approaching (September 12-14), Professor Alberto Melloni will explore these challenges and questions in conversation with Katherine Marshall. The exchange is part of a new Berkley Center project centered on global religious and interfaith networks—their strengths, weaknesses, and practical ways to heighten their policy impact in the years ahead. Insights from this and other events in the series will serve as background for a strategy meeting of religious and interfaith leaders in spring 2022.

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International Conference

Religious Communities and Sustainable Development. Points of Departure for a Post 2030 Agenda

Policy & Practice Plenary Co-hosted with the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communties

Roundtable: “Tensions of of Transdisciplinary Knowledge Exchange Between Development Practice and Research”


Kathryn Kraft, World Vision International
Nora Khalaf-Elledge, University of London
Anupama Ranawana, Christian Aid
Sarah Markiewicz, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Lincoln Lau, International Care Ministries

Olivia Wilkinson & Jennifer Philippa Eggert, JLI

August 25, 2021, discussion amongst the MEAL Hub members on the impact of COVID on organizations’ MEAL work.
The following points were discussed:
  • Accounting for COVID’s impacts – many organizations seek to assess the impact of their work as a part of MEAL … but how have organizations adjusted their approaches, understanding that the pandemic has had the most significant impact on people’s lives?
  • Faith actors – for those that specifically work with LFAs, how have they seen their LFA partners pivot in the pandemic, and how has that impacted MEAL efforts?
  • Faith and MEAL – for those looking to understand the intersection of faith and their work, what have they learned about the role of faith in their work since the pandemic began?

Join the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Working Group (MEAL WG). Every other month, the group will host a learning exchange on MEAL and local faith actors. Learn more about the group and register here