The Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network Africa (JENA)

Our Mission: To eradicate the injustice of poverty and protect the planet.

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

JENA operates under the aegis of the Justice and Ecology Office 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 Strategy

Our strategy spells out our ambition for the next five years to contribute to the fight against the injustice of poverty. During the period covered by our strategic plan that will run from 2019 to 2023, we will seek to build on the gains made so far in making our own contribution to various efforts to reduce poverty in Africa. Further, we endeavour to ensure that those who emerge out of poverty do so permanently and achieve sustainable wellbeing. Guided by our preferential option for the poor, in our efforts we will make every effort to find ways to reach the very poor people living at the edge of survival.

The JENA Strategic Plan 2019-2023 is built around six thematic areas of strategic focus namely;

  1. Governance and Inclusive Political Participation

  2. Rethinking African Development.

  3. Peace, Security and Sustainable Development.

  4. Responsible Business and Corporate Accountability.

  5. Domestic Resource Mobilisation, and

  6. Climate Justice and Sustainable Food.

Our Values

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 SHARED VALUES ARE:

HUMAN PERSON

The dignity of the Human Person

COLLABORATION

Cooperation & Collaboration

ONENESS

The common good

EQUALITY

Equality

OPTION FOR THE POOR

Preferential option for the poor

INTEGRITY

Integrity of creation Cultural diversity

ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE AND LEGAL FORM

JENA is a Network of fifteen (15) African Jesuit NGOs, development and advocacy organisations. The Network is supported by its Secretariat, a not-for-profit Foundation with its registered office in Nairobi, Kenya. The purpose of the Secretariat is to provide leadership, coordination and facilitation to the Network as a whole, and to provide individual support to Members and Affiliates where necessary.

JENA is governed by three constitutional documents:

  • The Constitution, which governs the actions of the Secretariat;
  • The Code of Conduct which regulates the use of the JENA brand and criteria for membership of the Network