The challenges facing local faith based communities working in a global and secular field are explored by the group which included the Anglican Alliance, Lambeth Palace and Christian Aid.
This report highlights the need to build on the resilience of local faith communities by providing extra expertise and draws from a number of examples of good practice in the Anglican Communion, especially in the Philippines, Ghana and Brazil.
Key points in the report are:
- There is a need for a shared language betweeen faith based and international humanitarian communities.
- Faith based communities have the local presence, the networks and the trust and commitment which is needed to do humanitarian work and promote resilience.
- Sometimes negatives perceptions about faith based communities held by humanitarian actors can threaten partnership working.
- There is still a need to strengthen the understanding of faith based communities in relation to inclusion, gender eqaulity and the need for professionalism.
The report: “Local Faith Communities and the Promotion of Resilience in Humanitarian Situations Scoping Study” was coordinated by the Refugee Studies Centre and the study group is now looking at the next steps to take.
The full list of organisations involved is: Anglican Alliance, Lambeth Palace, CAFOD, Christian Aid, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Islamic Relief, Muslim Aid, Oxfam, Tag, Tearfund, UNFPA, UNHCR, University of Oxford and World Vision.