This session aims at sharing of experiences from delivering aid and working during the pandemic. Among questions we believe it would be interesting to address are:

How has the pandemic altered the organizations' ways of working and priorities? What have you been able to do, and what have you not? In what ways has the pandemic affected resources, partnerships, and activities? How has gendered and minority needs been addressed?

We would like to hear about the obstacles, but also the opportunities, that may have arisen in the wake of the pandemic and will attempt to discern some key lessons learned from working during the pandemic.

We will also solicit reflections on how, in your view, religion has played into the response. What has been the role of religious leaders and authorities, and what has been the role of Muslim humanitarian organizations? In what ways have religious text and authority been used in the pandemic? What if any, has been the role of Muslim humanitarian organization in upholding religious practice and rituals in pandemic times?

Place: Online and on campus in Jakarta

Time: Jakarta: 15:30-17:00/Peshawar 13:30-15.00/Istanbul 11.30- 13/Oslo:10:30-12:00/London: 09.30-11.00/Kano: 09.30-10:00

Organizers: Kaja Borchgrevink, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)/ Amelia Fauzia, UIN Syarif Hidayatullah ( Jakarta)


  • Shahid Iqbal, Secretary General, Al Khidmat Foundation, Pakistan
  • Syed Amjad Ali Shah, Country Director, Minhaj Welfare Foundation, Pakistan
  • Indah Prihanande. HARFA foundation, Indonesia
  • Arief Haryono. The Zakat Forum /FOZ, Indonesia

Chair: Arne Strand (CMI)

Comments: Jonathan Benthall (UCL)

The panel is part of the conference entitled 'the Pandemic of Humanity', organized by Prof Amelia Fauzia and the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of UIN Syarif Hidayatullah in Jakarta. For info about the conference please see: