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Goodwin, Ellen Alexandra Jane (2023) 'A Faith-Inspired Way of Working.' Journal of Humanitarian Affairs, 5 (2). pp. 30-39.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has proved to be much more than a health emergency, with serious social, political and economic consequences. The diverse challenges for people and communities, specifically in low- and middle-income and fragile contexts, have necessitated multi-sectoral responses from international humanitarian and development actors. For many international faith-inspired organisations (IFIOs), these responses included a faith dimension. Drawing on interviews with staff working in IFIOs during the pandemic, this paper will argue that the COVID-19 pandemic saw many, although not all, IFIOs engage with local faith actors and local communities of faith more quickly, and in increasingly diverse and meaningful ways, than during previous comparable public health crises. This shift in willingness to engage with faith and religion at the local level has been reflected, to some extent, by the broader humanitarian sphere. The COVID-19 pandemic therefore marks an important step towards more faith-literate humanitarian responses, with many IFIOs at the forefront of this progress.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: humanitarian; faith; religion; localisation; COVID-19
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Development Studies
ISSN: 25156411
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SWORD Depositor: JISC Publications Router
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2023 08:38

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