November 2017 Agenda:

  • Brief update on the Localisation of Humanitarian Aid: Sri Lanka Forum
  • Brief update on JLI Board meeting three priority areas (see attached JLI Board summary)
  • Overview of Recommendation to update the direction scope of the Hub including
    • History/Journey of the hub (see theory of changeppttalking points)
    • Proposed new focus on the methods/ways of working (need for academic co-chair; advocacy co-chairs; adjusting the ToR; call for case studies:  6 case study webinars)
  • Scoping study or research agenda framing discussion: (Open discussion)
  • Key Questions:
    • What approaches work best to operationalize accompaniment (methods & mechanisms in engagement)?
    • How to strategically identify examples from the organisational and local to bring to the global? What are LFC experiences of instrumentalization?
    • Are there key opportunities/convenings to influence policy & practice in 2018? key convenings?
    • How can we ensure we engage local faith actors more fully in the hub? Regional recruitment or mapping potential organizations/ networks or other?
  • Summary and Next steps

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Key Actions:

  • Hub focused affirmed on ways of working and mechanisms in engaging local faith actors
  • Academic and advocacy co-chair suggestions
  • Call for case studies on ways of working or key themes
  • Recommended Webinars (to start Jan 2018 ?)
  1. What is unique about the missionary way of working  (Misean cara)
  2. What are effective ways that faith leaders contribute to health and social assets?  (Lance Laird/Boston University)
  3.  How are faith communities understanding and promoting the SDGs?  (Salvation Army, IRW)
  4.  Does faith/religious beliefs have a transformative power to change social norms?  (IRW, World Vision, Tearfund)
  5.  What processes/opportunities exist (and how effective are they) for engaging local faith actors and practitioners at a formative stage?  (Stellenbosch, BU, etc.)

Please send any suggestions on any of the above to Stacy to collate by the end of November. The co-chairs will also be revising the terms of reference for hub review based on the meeting & suggestions.

Attendees: Charlotte Flowers (Tearfund), Diana Gerson (NY Board of Rabbis), Elizabeth Garland (Salvation Army), Katie Kraft (WVI), Lance Laird (Boston University), Mark Forshaw (American Bible Society), Muhtari Aminu-Kano (Islamic Relief Wordwide), Nagulan Nesiah (Episcopal Relief & Dev), Nana Dagadu (Georgetown University- IRH),Seamus O’Leary (Misean Cara), Selina Palm (Stellenbosch),Stacy Nam (JLI)

Co-chairs: Andrea Kaufmann (WVI) & Catriona Dejean (Tearfund)

Full Minutes

1. Brief update on the Localizing Response to Humanitarian Need: Role of Religious and Faith-based Organizations Forum for summary report and updates

  • Key messages: growing need for faith literacy
  • How to shift to local faith actors
  • Increased evidence need on role of faith groups and faith actors- how it informs policy & practice
  • Focus on least, last & lost – unique role of faith actors in reaching these populations

● Brief update on JLI Board meeting three priority areas–10-17 Board Meeting Summary – focus on bringing forward local and national voices, research priority and advocacy (how this focus is integrated into hubs?)

● Overview of Recommendation to update the direction scope of the Hub ○ History/Journey of the hub (see theory of change, ppt & talking points)

  • Proposed new focus on the methods/ways of working
  • need for academic co-chair (help to shape scoping study and research agenda)
  • advocacy co-chair (focus on key opportunities for the hub)

● Call for case studies; 6 case study webexes throughout 2018

  • ex Ebola, Mobilisation- working through movements, peacebuilding, interfaith dialogue and literacy, SDGs
  • What’s unique about missionary approach to development?- Misean Cara synthesis- focused on 5 features across programs- report out soon (Seamus)
  • How are faith leaders contributing to health & social assets? (Lance)
  • How are faith communities understanding & promoting the SDGs? (Salvation Army, IRW)
  • Does faith/religious beliefs have a transformative power to change social norms? (IRW, World Vision, Tearfund) Channels of Hope WVI- integrated child protection & GBV
  • Grand Bargain – Charter for Change- localisation
  • What processes/opportunities exist (and how effective are they) for engaging local faith actors and practitioners at a formative stage?

● Key Questions for discussion

  • Framing Questions: What approaches work best to operationalize accompaniment (methods & mechanisms in engagement)? How to strategically identify examples from the organisational and local to bring to the global? What are LFC experiences of instrumentalization?
  • Should the hub focus on key themes? How does your work fit with the hub:
  • Grand Bargain – Charter for Change- localisation
  • Nagalan: mechanisms local faith actors can continue to be engaged- advocacy post forum is a large focus
  • Katie: diverse local faith actors w/ much experience & expertise- many asked for capacity building; some feel isolated from intl organizations

○ Are there key opportunities/convenings to influence policy & practice in 2018? key convenings?

○ How can we ensure we engage local faith actors more fully in the hub? Regional recruitment or mapping potential organizations/ networks or other?

  • Hub acts as facilitators, support local actors through the hub and bring their voice to the fora
  • How to provide answers to local actors agenda
  • How to engage with theological learning spaces
  • Engaging students widen perspectives & see multi-sectoral engagement- academia, theology, policy and NGO

● Summary and Next steps

  • Revise TOR and Hub timeline with workplan
  • Call for case studies on ways of working
  • Academic and advocacy co-chair suggestions
  • Webinars (to start Feb 2018; every other month – Feb, April, June, August, Oct, Dec )

 

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