An international collaboration on evidence for faith actors’ activities, contributions, and challenges to achieving humanitarian and development goals.

Founded in 2012, JLI came together with a single shared conviction: there is an urgent need to build our collective understanding, through evidence, of faith actors in humanitarianism and development.

Our Vision

Full and appropriate engagement of the capacities of faith actors in the achievement of humanitarian and development goals through effective partnerships with public sector and secular entities, as well as among religious groups themselves.

Our Goals

  • EXCELLENCE IN EVIDENCE: improve the quality, management, and accessibility of evidence
  • EXCELLENCE IN COMMUNICATIONS: communicate effectively to academics, policymakers, and practitioners
  • EXCELLENCE IN ADVOCACY: encourage change in key areas of policy and practice through evidence-based recommendations on faith engagement

JLI Leadership

The JLI Board of Directors, Executive Committee and Advisory Group guide the project with support from JLI staff, led by CEO, Kirsten Laursen Muth.

How we work

The JLI serves as an open-access knowledge-sharing platform for all sectors and organizations of all backgrounds. JLI works through Knowledge Partnerships and Learning Hubs.

More than 800 stakeholders globally are members of Learning Hubs coming from policy, practitioner and academic sectors. Our Learning Hub approach was inspired by the experience of the Joint Learning Initiative on Children and HIV/AIDS. Read about their work here.

Our Fair and Equitable Initiative seeks to renew the learning process led by JLI and in Learning Hubs and confront asymmetries of power in research, joint learning and partnerships. We aim to increase participation and shift more power (resources and decision making) towards local movements and local faith communities. Learn more about our Fair and Equitable Initiative here.

In our Knowledge Partnerships, we contribute research and advice to build better faith engagement strategies. We have hosted and contributed to major conferences and led the publication of major reports, special issues, articles, and books. To find out more, see our JLI Research page here.

Framing Questions

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

Annual Reports

Our funders and contributors:

JLI Board members and other organizations, Foundation Grants, and project grants fund the JLI. Since its inception, JLI’s activities have been supported by diverse faith-based organizations, UN agencies, Governments, and Foundations. These include ACT Alliance, ADRA, American Jewish World Services, Anglican Alliance, CAFOD, Christian Aid, DanChurch Aid, UK DFID, Episcopal Relief & Development, Federal Public Service of Belgium, German BMZ/Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit-GIZ, GHR Foundation, IMA World Health, Islamic Relief Worldwide and Islamic Relief USA, Henry Luce Foundation, The MacLellan Foundation, Religions for Peace, Tearfund, UNFPA, UNICEF, USAID, the World Bank, and World Vision International and World Vision US. McKinsey & Company and other partners have contributed pro bono expert advice and support.


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