Humanitarian Action

Humanitarian organizations frequently engage with religious actors and institutions, and many humanitarian action organizations are themselves religious. Despite this, the field as a whole pays insufficient attention to how religion functions in the diverse contexts where action is needed to prevent and respond to humanitarian crises. What knowledge and assumptions about religion do faith-based and secular international humanitarian agencies have? How do these assumptions impact their work? When the focus is on supporting the implementation of the local humanitarian leadership agenda, what kind of knowledge about religion is most useful? We seek to partner with humanitarian aid professionals to enhance the religious literacy of both secular and faith-based organizations in order to facilitate their delivery of high quality, principled humanitarian assistance to those in need.

Voices: Tara Gingerich

Fellow in Humanitarian Action, 2018-2019

Giving voice to local religious leaders is a vital aspect of successful humanitarian efforts around the world according to Tara Gingerich.

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In Practice

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Additional Reading and Resources

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