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08 Dec 2018 description
report Islamic Relief

Written by Tasfia Salek

We recently welcomed International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls on 25th November. Indeed, this date starts off the period now broadly known as 16 days of Activism to eliminate Violence against women and girls (VAWG) where men and women worldwide are called to speak out on issues that are too often neglected – including the terrible practice of early and forced marriage. Shockingly, 1 in 5 girls worldwide is married before the age of 18. This comes with heavy emotional, physical, sexual and financial consequences.

20 Sep 2018 description

57 leaders of faith and religious organisations, groups and communities, call for national governments and their leaders to ensure that internally displaced people get the help they need

17 Aug 2018 description
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Almost three million people living in some of the most remote and dangerous areas of the world will be receiving meat as part of Islamic Relief’s Qurbani distributions, during the Eid Festival.

The international humanitarian and development organisation is distributing quality Qurbani meat in 35 countries across the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe, during Eid al-Adha, which this year is celebrated between 21-23 August.

29 Jun 2018 description

The Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities (JLI) is pleased to announce a research collaboration with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in 2018-2019. Generously funded by the European Commission Department for International Cooperation and Development, the project, titled “The Roles of Faith and Local Faith Communities in Supporting Refugees” aims to examine the ways in which local communities provide different forms of support to, and advocate for the protection of refugees in Honduras, Mexico, Uganda, Germany, and Lebanon.

20 Jun 2018 description
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Use the expertise of faith groups to support refugees, says new report

With over 65.6 million people being displaced the current level of resources to assist and protect refugees are simply not enough. This World Refugee Day, we urge national governments to take meaningful actions to resettle a larger numbers of refugees, and collaborate with faith groups in welcoming them to their country. With ever increasing numbers the rights and dignity of refugees are at greater risk.

23 May 2018 description

This statement is supported by: CAFOD, Christian Aid, Global One, Islamic Relief Worldwide, The Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities, Muslim Charities Forum, The Lutheran World Federation, The Salvation Army International, World Evangelical Alliance, and World Vision

04 Apr 2018 description
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Islamic Relief UK has today (Wednesday 4 April 2018) launched a major advocacy campaign to tackle all forms of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG), both internationally and domestically.

As the largest Islamic faith inspired humanitarian organisation in the UK, Islamic Relief is taking a proactive stance against all forms of VAWG, including domestic abuse, sexual violence, human trafficking, forced and early child marriage, female genital mutilation (FGM/C), and so-called "honour" killings.

17 Jan 2018 description
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The international humanitarian aid organisation, which has saved and transformed the lives of more than 110 million people https://www.islamic-relief.org.uk/savinglives worldwide, was founded in 1984 by Dr Hany El-Banna and fellow students from the University of Birmingham in response to the famine in Africa.

28 Nov 2017 description
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How humanitarian work across the world can be more effective and better serve its beneficiaries is being addressed at an international forum of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in London today (Tuesday 28 November, from 9am to 6pm).

A diverse group of NGO influencers and decision makers from around the world has come together for the Bridging the Gaps forum at the QEII Conference Centre, Westminster under the auspices of the World Humanitarian Action Forum.

16 Nov 2017 description
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“We are in danger of ending life as we know it on our planet” Islamic Declaration on Climate Change

10 Nov 2017 description
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Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) and the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) have renewed their landmark commitment to working together on humanitarian causes.

The Memorandum of Understanding signed on 9th November 2017, reaffirms a long-standing partnership of joint humanitarian programmes, policy, research and advocacy, focusing specifically on faith and protection issues.

01 Oct 2017 description
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Annual Report 2016

In 2016, we increased our humanitarian efforts in some of the world’s most challenging environments. As the war in Syria entered its sixth year, our £26.6 million emergency response programme supported over three million vulnerable people living in Syria as well as refugees in three neighbouring countries. In Iraq and Yemen, as the crises continued to shatter lives, we provided life-saving aid, often in areas that other organisations are unable to access.

03 Sep 2017 description
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Islamic Relief believes that all children have a right to personal dignity and protection from abuse, and recognises the special responsibility and duty of care it bears to create a safe environment for children within its projects and programmes. This policy is a comprehensive guide for all Islamic Relief staff to ensure that the vulnerable children we work with are protected at all times. It includes sections on recognising signs of abuse; organisation and field office responsibilities; partner organisation responsibilities, and communications about children.

04 Jul 2017 description
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  • At least half of those surveyed regard refugees as ‘innocent victims’
  • Yet only 19% in the US, 14% in the UK and 4% in Germany believe more should be admitted
  • Up to 41% associate refugees with terrorism
  • Young people are much more likely to be more welcoming of additional refugees
  • Islamic Relief is providing £40m of annual assistance to 6m refugees/displaced in 26 countries

A new international YouGov poll commissioned for World Refugee Day by Islamic Relief has found that refugees are seen as vulnerable, innocent and deserving of …

01 Jul 2017 description
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This year’s global Ramadan food distribution campaign was the most successful ever, raising £7.5 million from across the world, including every continent.

With these generously donated funds, Islamic Relief distributed 250,000 large food packs in 35 countries, reaching 2 million people.

Our teams reached some of the poorest and most remote and dangerous places in the world, including in Iraq, Syria, Somalia and Yemen.

05 Jun 2017 description


This policy-to-practice paper builds on the ‘Time to move on: National perspectives on transforming surge capacity’ report commissioned by four Charter4Change signatories CAFOD, Christian Aid, Islamic Relief and Tearfund as part of their work with the Start DEPP Transforming Surge Capacity Project, and written by Andy Featherstone –. It is intended to provide the humanitarian HR community with practical guidance relating to the implementation of the report’s main recommendations.

26 Apr 2017 description

Executive Summary

Introduction and purpose of the research

It is widely believed that the practice of INGOs recruiting national staff, particularly in support of humanitarian response, can undermine national NGO capacity, but there has been very limited analysis about the ways in which it affects local NGOs’ ability to respond to crises themselves or the impact that it has on their ability to retain high quality staff.