Evidence for Faith-Based Activity and Contributions

Sources of evidence for faith groups’ activity and contributions include:

Berkeley Center for Religion Peace and World Affairs, at Georgetown University . Through research, teaching, and service, the Center explores global challenges of democracy and human rights; economic and social development; international diplomacy; and inter-religious understanding.  Its Religion and Global Development program  is a special resource for information on the engagement of religious institutions and faith inspired organizations around global policy challenges. See for example, the report prepared by World Faith Development Dialogue for the Tony Blair Foundation: Global Health and Africa: assessing faith work and research priorities

International Religious Health Assets Program at the University of Cape Town

IRHAP is a collaborative network which seeks to develop systematic evidence of religious health assets to align and enhance the work of religious health leaders, public policy decision-makers and other health workers in their collaborative efforts to meet the challenges of disease, to strengthen health and community systems, and to promote sustainable health, especially for those who live in poverty or under marginal conditions. See for example Jill Olivier and Quentin Wodon’s three volume series: Strengthening the evidence for faith inspired health engagement in Africa 

Joint Learning initiative on Faith and Local Communities 

An international applied research collaborative among UN agencies, faith based organizations, international development bodies and academia, to organize focused, collaborative learning producing robust evidence, resulting in practical, actionable recommendations

The JLI FLC group was drawn together by a single shared conviction: that there is an urgent need to build our collective understanding of the massive, untapped role of local faith communities in tackling poverty and injustice all over the world.   JLI works towards three goals: establish self driven learning communities; build an improved evidence base; generate practical actionable recommendations for practitioners and policy makers. See for example the report: Local Faith Communities and the Promotion of Resilience in Humanitarian Situations

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