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Who we are

Our Vision

JENA works towards a just, poverty-free and ecologically regenerative Africa where people can unlock their full potential, free from direct, cultural, and structural violence.


Our Identity & Mission

The Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network Africa (JENA) is a diverse community of faith-inspired Jesuit NGOs, also known as Social Centre’s, related Jesuit Institutions, individual Jesuit peace and development activists and scholars driven by a vision of a just, poverty-free, peaceful and ecologically regenerative Africa. JENA operates under the aegis of the Justice and Ecology Office (JEO) of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM).

Working collaboratively with communities whose voices and life-ways have been marginalised and who may experience an intersection of multiple forms of injustice, our member organisations are dedicated to fighting poverty and related injustices around Africa empowering marginalised voices, communities and groups, and facilitating policy innovation. Member organisations of the Network work together internationally to achieve a greater impact through collective efforts. In all JENA’s actions, the ultimate goal is to enable people to unlock their potential, exercise their rights and manage their own lives.

Our Central Commitment

We are outraged by the poverty and injustice in the world. We work to challenge unjust policies and practices and to promote the respect of people’s rights. Together we can achieve a fair world without poverty. With partners and allies, we will act in solidarity with people living in poverty, especially women, to achieve their rights and assert their dignity as full citizens

JENA was formed for the following seven interconnected reasons.

Through established Jesuit Social Centres and other Jesuit socially oriented institutions (local action groups) operating in a wide range of countries and regions around Africa we are focused on achieving impact in Africa in the following areas…

To create a web of Jesuit organisations, scholars and activists passionate and committed to fostering development, justice, peace and ecological regeneration. It is envisaged that this network will facilitate the establishment, extension, and strengthening of connections and relations among such organisations, scholars and activists from all over Africa, the world, across national and cultural boundaries and age barriers. It will help to enhance and realise the plans and proposals of projects for a better Africa and provide a home for these projects.

To form an interconnected group or association or union of such Jesuit organisations, scholars and activists. We believe in the strength in numbers. That we will be more dynamic, prolific, and effective working together as a group than individually or separately.

To bring together Jesuit organisations, scholars and activists with different skills, talents, experiences, and knowledges to complement each other in carrying out projects and activities.

To promote collaboration on projects and activities among likeminded people who share common values (respect for human dignity, option for the poor, common good, egalitarianism, cooperation, inclusive, and culturally and ecologically sensitive) and vision.

To facilitate the sharing of resources, infrastructure (such as the web), knowledge, and track record (the accomplishment of a JENA member or group will serve to augment the track record of the whole Network).

Through such collaboration and sharing, we envisage that the Network will nurture a strong sense of mutuality among its members. This is manifested in members supporting, assisting, encouraging, inspiring and enhancing each other’s projects and activities for the benefit of everyone in the network as well as other stakeholders. On a voluntary basis, members’ work collaboratively on carrying out the tasks of the network such as coordination, communication, promotion, advocacy, meetings/conferences, networking with other groups and organisations and even things like web design and maintenance.

To foster a strong sense of solidarity among members of JENA. We work to strengthen the ties and relations among the members to create something like a close-knit family, with a unique and shared identity embracing the vision and values of JENA. We will then transform the house of JENA into a home for members and their projects to build a poverty free, just, peaceful and ecologically regenerative Africa.

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