Here are a few examples of the projects that the Good Faith Partnership has undertaken in recent years.
Migration and integration
The RAMP (Resettlement, Asylum and Migration Policy) project started in January 2018. The project exists to help reimagine a world-class migration system for a successful and integrated Britain. It does this primarily by seconding advisors to a range of politicians so that they can think more deeply and collaborate more widely on migration and integration issues. RAMP seeks not to advance any partisan agenda, but rather to help leaders from a variety of backgrounds work together on policies and programmes that can command support across the spectrum of public opinion. The project is run by the Good Faith Partnership in collaboration with Fragomen LLP.
RAMP has placed advisors with Parliamentarians – Steve Double MP (Conservative), Kate Green MP (Labour), Tim Farron MP (Liberal Democrat) and the Bishop of Durham (Paul Butler) – and with Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol.
The Oak Foundation commissioned the Good Faith Partnership in 2017 to develop a strategy for future work on financial inclusion and affordable credit. We undertook a strategic review, including an overview of the lending market for the financially excluded, analysis of recent attempts to increase affordable credit and a series of recommendations to bring about systemic change.
In 2017 the Good Faith Partnership was asked by His Most Godly Beatitude Theophilos III, Patriarch of Jerusalem, to help raise urgent concerns regarding the future of the Christian community in the Holy City. Having supported the Patriarch to communicate these issues particularly in the UK and US, we supported the creation of a new organisation to develop this work and provide practical support for the Christian Community in the Holy Land, called the International Community of the Holy Sepulchre (ICoHS). ICoHS will help the Churches raise international awareness of the challenges that Christians face in the Holy Land while promoting peace and the flourishing of all people in the Middle East.
In 2016 the Good Faith Partnership worked extensively with the Home Office and a range of civil society organisations to co-construct the Community Sponsorship Scheme for Refugees. The Good Faith Partnership partnered with Social Finance to create RESET, a capacity building charity charged to grow refugee sponsorship around the UK. Funded by government and philanthropy, RESET acts as an intermediary organisation working between the government, faith communities, civil society and refugee agencies. RESET aims to maximise the number of local communities welcoming refugees through Community Sponsorship and pioneering other community-based approaches to resettlement. RESET is working with a wide range of partners including Caritas Social Action Network, CHARIS, For Refugees, the King’s Arms Project, Mercy Mission, the Refugee Council, The Salvation Army, the Scottish Refugee Council and Sponsor Refugees.
Compassion UK is the UK branch of Compassion International, a faith-based holistic child development charity that supports almost 2 million children in extreme poverty across 26 countries around the world. In 2017 the senior leadership of Compassion UK invited the Good Faith Partnership to advise on the creation of a public affairs strategy. Having conducted a strategic review we were able to identify strategic opportunities to raise awareness of Compassion’s work, support efforts to unlock new sources of funding and develop a comprehensive public affairs strategy to support the vision and mission of the organisation for the future.