The Joint Initiative for Strategic Religious Action (JISRA) is a five-year peacebuilding programme that works across faith community lines to address religious violence and discrimination, reconcile divided communities, and promote peaceful, inclusive and just societies.
JISRA is carried out by 50 faith-based partner organisations in Ethiopia, Indonesia, Iraq, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria and Uganda. Tearfund works in Iraq, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Mali.
The programme uses localised, participatory approaches to address the harmful norms and narratives between faith communities that can lead to conflict and violence. It actively seeks to shift power to local actors so that decisions can be made by the communities directly affected by conflict.
Getting its name from the word for ‘bridge’ in Arabic, JISRA recognises that faith leaders are central to reconciliation, and works to build bridges of trust and acceptance between them. Seeking in particular to address gender inequality, it pays special attention to the role of women and youth in conflict resolution, conflict prevention and advancing freedom of religion or belief (FoRB).