Humanitarians engaging with faith-based and faith-inspired organizations

Research conducted by Oxfam and the Harvard Divinity School finds much work to be done within the humanitarian sector.

Local humanitarian leadership is built upon the premise that humanitarian action should be led by local humanitarian actors whenever possible.

Yet this research, conducted with the Harvard Divinity School and with funding from the Henry Luce Foundation, finds that secular humanitarian international NGOs do not engage systematically with local faith actors in their local leadership:

  • Faith-based NGO – A Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) that has an explicit faith claim in its mission statement and/or is directly supported by a formal religious structure.
  • Faith-inspired NGO – NGO with links to religious institutions and communities. FIO is a broader term that includes FBOs but also includes organizations that operate independently from a formal religious institution.

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