Welcome to the Mobilisation of Local Faith Communities Learning Hub

Key Question: What mechanisms & methods are there for engaging and mobilising local faith communities in development and humanitarian aid?

Andrea Kaufmann, World Vision International

Director of Faith Partnerships


Many thanks to Catriona Dejean, Tearfund and Christo Greyling, World Vision International for their previous leadership in the Mobilisation of LFCs Hub.

Previous Hub Work

Background on Large-Scale Approaches to Local Faith Capacity Building

Examples from the JLI Mobilisation of LFCs Hub participating in large-scale approaches to Local Faith Communities Capacity Building:

  • 100,000 congregations  Umoja
  • Holistic Transformation people and communities
World Vision
  • Channels of Hope 175K FLs; reductions in stigma; increase in testing
Islamic Relief
  • Integrated development strategy that starts with theology and focuses on the six purposes of religion: protection, faith, life, intellect, progeny (the future), wealth and human dignity. Dignity is at the centre of the process and justice and rights are there to protect the purposes of faith
Samaritan’s Purse
  • $300 million 100 countries
Adventist Relief and Development
  • Community Partnerships Program in Papua New Guinea
Saddleback Church PEACE Plan
  • 600 churches in Rwanda
International Care Ministries
  • 5,000 local churches in the Philippines
Christian Aid
  • Brazil: Trains religious leaders in HIV AIDS awareness and prevention.
  • 400 Anglican Bishops Southern Africa
Theory of Change

After a consultation with Mobilization of LFCs Hub, members suggested nine factors that predict change in capacity in a community:

  1. Personal transformation of faith leaders
  2. Using scripture as unlocking and key
  3. Combo of technical and practical and scripture
  4. Champions/ facilitators – trained and supported
  5. Local participation in analysis and monitoring
  6. Linkage w advocacy
  7. Intertwined envisioning by LFCs and communities
  8. Building of momentum overtime – learning from others, showcasing, continual refreshment
  9. “Right” balance of local asset based work with external support – harnessing existing community resources

Working from the above factors, they created a Theory of Change to examine assumptions about what success looks like and how we contribute to change; and specifically analyzed the role of faith, drawing on any existing evidence base.

Theory of Change diagram and model

Throughout the process, the members looked at both similarities and differences. The theory of change diagram captures the core underlying beliefs that the group hold in common, while the narrative explains the diagram, fills in more detail and highlights areas of debate and that need further learning and testing.


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