An international collaboration on evidence for faith groups’ activities, contribution and challenges to community health and wellbeing.

Founded in 2012, JLI Leadership came together by a single shared conviction: there is an urgent need to build our collective understanding of the potential of local faith communities for improving community health, development and well being.

Our Vision:
Full and appropriate engagement of the capacities of faith-based groups in the achievement of the SDGs through effective partnerships with public sector and secular entities, as well as among religious groups themselves.

Our Goals:

JLI Leadership

The JLI Board of Directors, Executive Committee and Advisory Group guide the project with support from Coordinator, Jean Duff, Research Director, Olivia Wilkinson and Knowledge Manager, Stacy Nam. Stakeholders globally are engaged as working members of Learning Hubs. Our Learning Hub approach was inspired by the experience of the Joint Learning Initiative on Children and HIV/AIDS. Read about their work here,

Learn more about JLI Leadership and Key publications here.


Framing Questions:

JLI works through Learning Hubs, publications, and conferences to fully engage the capacities and assets of faith groups to realize a world without poverty

  • What is the evidence for local faith community and actor activity and impact?
  • What do policymakers and practitioners want and need to know?
  • What do we already know?
  • How can what we know be better communicated for change?
  • How can we collaborate to fill critical research gaps?

Major Publications

Major Dissemination Events 

Our funders and contributors:

JLI Board members and other organizations, and Foundation Grants fund the JLI. Since its inception, JLI’s activities have been supported by diverse faith-based organizations, Governments, and Foundations including: ADRA Australia, American Jewish World Services, Anglican Alliance, CAFOD, Christian Aid, CMMB, CRS, UK DFID, Episcopal Relief & Development, German BMZ, GHR Foundation, IMA World Health, Islamic Relief, The MacLellan Foundation, Samaritan’s Purse, Tearfund, USAID, the World Bank, and World Vision International. McKinsey & Company and other partners contribute pro bono expert advice and support.

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