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Faith and displacement (Forced Migration Review 48)

The role of faith in the humanitarian sector is not easy to measure. Faiths generally advocate welcoming the stranger and there are many organisations and individuals inspired by their faith or religion to provide protection and assistance. Yet it is easier to measure the activities inspired by faith than to measure the difference that having that faith makes, and secularly inspired standards for such activities can appear to be in tension with the faith inspiration. FMR 48 includes 36 articles on ‘Faith’ plus seven ‘general’ articles.

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# Episode Title Description People Date
1 Creative Commons FMR 48 - From the Editors An introductory note on FMR 48, 'Faith and Responses to Displacement', from the Editors. Marion Couldrey, Maurice Herson 04 Jun 2015
2 Creative Commons FMR 48 - Religious leaders unite to disarm hearts and minds In the Central African Republic, where religion has been used as a tool to divide and manipulate the population, religious leaders have come together to promote tolerance and forgiveness as a basis for rebuilding peaceful cohabitation. Monsignor Dieudonné Nzapalainga, Imam Omar Kobine Layama, Pastor Nicolas Guerekoyame Gbangou 04 Jun 2015
3 Creative Commons FMR 48 - Local faith actors and protection in complex and insecure environments Faith leaders, faith-based organisations and local faith communities play a major role in the protection of people affected by conflict, disaster and displacement. Humanitarians, however, have only recently begun to fully appreciate their protection work. James Thomson 04 Jun 2015
4 Creative Commons FMR 48 - The value of accompaniment Friendship and compassionate companionship with the most vulnerable provide a powerful type of humanitarian service giving priority to personal accompaniment. Joe Hampson, Thomas M Crea, Rocío Calvo, Francisco Álvarez 04 Jun 2015
5 Creative Commons FMR 48 - How local faith communities can aid asylum seekers Local faith communities are able to offer assistance to asylum seekers in ways that faith-based organisations, constrained by eligibility criteria, are not. Kelly Barneche, ‘Joe’ 04 Jun 2015
6 Creative Commons FMR 48 - The role of religion in the formation of cross-community relationships Spiritual life is a priority in many conflict-affected communities. It is rarely prioritised by aid agencies, yet may be central to the formation and maintaining of strong and effective cross-community relationships. Sadia Kidwai, Lucy V Moore, Atallah FitzGibbon 04 Jun 2015
7 Creative Commons FMR 48 - The contribution of FBOs working with the displaced Faith-based organisations take from their religious traditions both strong motivations & access to a long history of thinking concerning social and political issues. This can make them ideally placed to fill the gaps in the implementation of human rights David Holdcroft 04 Jun 2015
8 Creative Commons FMR 48 - Faith and the secular: tensions in realising humanitarian principles There is good reason to engage faith-based organisations and local faith communities in humanitarian response but doing so raises challenging issues for the interpretation of humanitarian principles in what some see as a post-secular age. Alastair Ager 04 Jun 2015
9 Creative Commons FMR 48 - Faith motivation and effectiveness: a Catholic experience CAFOD’s ability to partner with other FBOs and communities brings significant advantages for its work with displaced people. However, modern-day humanitarianism does not always sit comfortably alongside some of the practices of the major religions. Robert Cruickshank, Cat Cowley 04 Jun 2015
10 Creative Commons FMR 48 - The dignity of the human person Catholic Social Teaching’s emphasis on the dignity of the human person is a lens that Catholic institutions use to evaluate how we as a global society enhance or threaten the dignity of the human person, especially the most vulnerable of people. Nathalie Lummert 04 Jun 2015
11 Creative Commons FMR 48 - Journeys of a secular organisation in south Lebanon A secular NGO’s experiences in south Lebanon demonstrate that it is possible for non-faith-based organisations to develop productive relationships with faith-based actors without compromising their secular identities. Jason Squire, Kristen Hope 04 Jun 2015
12 Creative Commons FMR 48 - Reflections from the field Working with religious leaders is an essential element of serving local communities, as is an understanding of the religious life of local communities and how belief influences their decision making. Simon Russell 04 Jun 2015
13 Creative Commons FMR 48 - The asylum seeker: a faith perspective An organisation based on faith will listen and try to understand when unjust laws, traditions, cultures or ideologies cause refugees to flee. Flor Maria Rigoni 04 Jun 2015
14 Creative Commons FMR 48 - Christian civil disobedience and indefinite, mandatory immigration detention in Australia A new movement of Christian activists in Australia is using radical direct action to challenge their country’s policy of mandatory detention of asylum seeker children. Marcus Campbell 04 Jun 2015
15 Creative Commons FMR 48 - Guided by humanitarian principles Caritas Luxembourg’s work with refugees, IDPs and migrants in Colombia, Lebanon and Luxembourg offers some examples of the ways in which a faith-based organisation may be advantaged or disadvantaged by its faith basis. Andreas Vogt, Sophie Colsell 04 Jun 2015
16 Creative Commons FMR 48 - A Luxembourg government perspective on faith in partnership While flexible in partnering with agencies best placed to assist affected populations, Luxembourg requires its partners to adhere to humanitarian principles. Max Lamesch 04 Jun 2015
17 Creative Commons FMR 48 - Not in our remit When secular organisations are responding to the needs of displaced people, the religious practices and needs of the communities may not be high on the list of things to be thought about. Maurice Herson 04 Jun 2015
18 Creative Commons FMR 48 - Faith, relief and development: the UMCOR-Muslim Aid model seven years on Seven years ago, a strategic partnership between the United Methodist Committee on Relief and Muslim Aid in Sri Lanka was formalised into a worldwide partnership agreement. Why did the partnership not achieve its goals? Amjad Saleem, Guy Hovey 04 Jun 2015
19 Creative Commons FMR 48 - Church Asylum Church asylum, or sanctuary, is a practice to support, counsel and give shelter to refugees who are threatened with deportation to inhumane living conditions, torture or even death. This practice can be located at the interface of benevolence and politics Birgit Neufert 04 Jun 2015
20 Creative Commons FMR 48 - Offering sanctuary to failed refugee claimants in Canada Despite the anti-refugee sentiment demonstrated by Canada’s recent legislative changes and the government’s hardening attitude towards those in sanctuary, the spirit of resistance and community engagement is alive and well in Canada. Kristin Marshall 04 Jun 2015
21 Creative Commons FMR 48 - Interfaith humanitarian cooperation: a Lutheran perspective The Lutheran World Federation’s experience is that closer cooperation between faith-based organisations of different faiths is both possible and beneficial. Elizabeth Gano 04 Jun 2015
22 Creative Commons FMR 48 - The clash and clout of faith: refugee aid in Ghana and Kenya A case-study from Ghana assesses the importance of a faith-based response to displacement in West Africa, while an example from Kenya highlights problems that can arise in collaborations between secular and faith-based organisations. Elizabeth Wirtz, Jonas Ecke 04 Jun 2015
23 Creative Commons FMR 48 - An inter-religious humanitarian response in the Central African Republic Inter-religious action has played a key role in ensuring that social cohesion and inter-religious mediation remain on the int'l agenda in relation to response in the Central African Republic, where people’s faith is an integral part of their identity Catherine Mahony 04 Jun 2015
24 Creative Commons FMR 48 - Respecting faiths, avoiding harm: psychosocial assistance in Jordan and the United States Both faith-based and secular organisations need to recognise the ways in which religion can provide healing and support but can also cause harm for refugees and asylum seekers. Maryam Zoma 04 Jun 2015
25 Creative Commons FMR 48 - Religious space, humanitarian space he Protestant church in Morocco is struggling with tensions as it navigates between being a church organisation and being – in its work with refugees and migrants – something more like a non-governmental organisation. May Ngo 04 Jun 2015
26 Creative Commons FMR 48 - Faith-based humanitarianism in northern Myanmar The response of faith-based organisations to displacement in northern Myanmar has been remarkable but sustaining an open and collaborative relationship with the international community remains an ongoing challenge. Edward Benson, Carine Jaquet 03 Jun 2015
27 Creative Commons FMR 48 - The costs of giving and receiving: dilemmas in Bangkok Local faith-based organisations play a central role in meeting the basic needs of the increasing urban refugee population in Bangkok. This raises challenges for all involved. Sabine Larribeau, Sharonne Broadhead 03 Jun 2015
28 Creative Commons FMR 48 - Faith and the politics of resettlement For some asylum seekers in Turkey, conversion may be an opportunistic strategy to improve resettlement prospects. Shoshana Fine 03 Jun 2015
29 Creative Commons FMR 48 - Principles and proselytising: good practice in Ethiopia Faith-based organisations need to ensure that in providing essential humanitarian assistance they do not exploit the vulnerability of people by proselytising, whether overtly or covertly. Zenebe Desta 03 Jun 2015
30 Creative Commons FMR 48 - Jewish roots of humanitarian assistance The act of assistance is an act of respect for the humanity of others and is not the preserve of any one faith. Ricardo Augman, Enrique Burbinski 03 Jun 2015
31 Creative Commons FMR 48 - Chins in Mizoram state, India: a faith-based response The faith community in Mizoram state in India has played an instrumental role in providing social services, changing perceptions of refugees, and providing access and assistance, reaching the most vulnerable where there's no international presence. Jenny Yang 03 Jun 2015
32 Creative Commons FMR 48 - Engaging IDPs in Sri Lanka: a Buddhist approach A Buddhist Sri Lankan NGO provides an example of how endogenous faith-based civil society organisations can help mobilise IDPs in owning and defining strategies for their own protection. - See more at: http://www.fmreview.org/faith/contents#sthash.Ktl8olu Emily Barry-Murphy, Max Stephenson 03 Jun 2015
33 Creative Commons FMR 48 - An ecumenical organisation for asylum seekers in Switzerland An ecumenical organisation provides socio-pastoral assistance for asylum seekers while they go through the first crucial steps of the asylum proceedings. Susy Mugnes, Felicina Proserpio, Luisa Deponti 03 Jun 2015
34 Creative Commons FMR 48 - African refugees and the particular role of churches in the UK Many churches have the necessary physical and social assets to assist refugees in the community both individually and by bringing them together. Samuel Bekalo 03 Jun 2015
35 Creative Commons FMR 48 - Post-disaster recovery and support in Japan As a locally based faith-based organisation, there were several aspects that enabled Soka Gakkai to contribute effectively to the relief effort following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, responding to both physical and psychological needs. Kimiaki Kawai 03 Jun 2015
36 Creative Commons FMR 48: ‘Welcoming the stranger’ and UNHCR’s cooperation with faith-based organisations Since its creation in 1950, UNHCR has engaged with faith-based organisations, faith communities and faith leaders in carrying out its work. Recently, UNHCR has been more actively exploring the role of faith in humanitarian responses. José Riera, Marie-Claude Poirier 03 Jun 2015
37 Creative Commons FMR 48 - What’s faith got to do with it? Use of the faith-based label demands greater clarification lest it lose coherence and result in adverse policy implications, excluding religiously motivated actors from providing much-needed assistance to displaced communities, particularly inside Syria. Tahir Zaman 03 Jun 2015
38 Creative Commons FMR 48 - Refugees’ integration in Uganda will require renewed lobbying A legal decision about whether refugees in Uganda can become citizens continues to be delayed. Georgia Cole 03 Jun 2015
39 Creative Commons FMR 48 - The 1969 OAU Convention and the continuing challenge for the African Union Forty years after the OAU Convention on Refugees came into force, the dismal state in which refugees in Africa find themselves these days raises the question as to whether the Convention has lived up to expectations. J O Moses Okello 03 Jun 2015
40 Creative Commons FMR 48 - From violence to more violence in Central America Many Central American migrants flee their home country as a result of violence and threats from the criminal gangs. A large number of them also encounter the same type of violence that they are fleeing when on the migratory routes through Mexico. Israel Medina 03 Jun 2015
41 Creative Commons FMR 48 - Work and refugee integration in Sweden One of the main challenges facing refugees trying to integrate in their host country is finding a suitable job. Sweden recognises this issue and is investing in making inclusion in the labour market the driver of refugee integration. Miguel Peromingo 03 Jun 2015
42 Creative Commons FMR 48 - Frozen displacement: Kashmiri Pandits in India In the 1990s nearly 250,000 people were displaced by violence in India. More than 20 years later the question for them is whether the responses to their displacement so far can form the basis for long-term solutions for their protracted displacement. Mahima Thussu 03 Jun 2015
43 Creative Commons FMR 48 - Public policy to address displacement in Mexico At hearings of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in November 2013 on the human rights situation in Mexico, the issue of the internally displaced in particular caught my attention. José Ramón Cossío Díaz 03 Jun 2015
44 Creative Commons FMR 48 - Reflections from the encampment decision in the High Court of Kenya Civil society groups are embracing a recent victory in the High Court of Kenya as a reminder of the important role that strategic litigation can play in the enforcement and promotion of refugee rights. Anna Wirth 03 Jun 2015