The JENA Secretariat supports Affiliates, their partners and allies to coordinate their work in advocacy and campaigns, and humanitarian and development work with the intent to challenge and achieve positive change in six areas referred to as Change Goals. During 2019 – 2023 JENA shall focus its resources on six Change Goals through various Thematic Working Groups representing each of the following themes:

Governance and Inclusive Political Participation

That citizens as rights holders will:

  • Understand their rights better and are better able to exercise their rights to organise, to information, to public participation and to equal justice
  • Be better able to influence legislation, policy making and budgeting processes
  • Have more access to governments and private sector and their interests are taken on board;
  • Better able to make governments to account and to demand transparency


Rethinking African Development

Under this thematic JENA will endeavour

  • To influence development policy and seek to entrench a development model that is both productive and distributive to the majority, one that is innovative and promotes wealth creation and which effectively addresses youth unemployment, poverty eradication, the ecological crisis.
  • Leverage the resourcefulness of young people in Africa who form over 60% of the African population.
  • Marginalised communities and young people have their livelihood and quality of life improved and prosper socially and economically empowered to find solutions to local problems
  • To ensure that marginalised communities and young people define their own development and participate in finding solutions to their own problems
  • To promote the knowledge economy and the relevant and right innovation

Peace, Security and Sustainable Development

A, Great Lakes Region

During the period 2019-2023 JENA will specifically focus on:

  • Promoting the role of the religious leaders, the local Church and civil society in promoting the engagement of citizens, especially women in peace, security and conflict prevention at regional and national level;
  • Promoting political participation and the protection and promotion of political and civil rights and freedoms, particularly in the pre and post electoral context;
  • Leveraging the political role of the AU and member governments to speak out against abuses and exert diplomatic pressure on the Great Lakes region leaders who do not comply with their international and bilateral obligations;

B, Conflict Minerals

During 2019-2023 in JENA will undertake research and do work that will follow up on:

  • Implementation of the Conflict Mineral regulation both at the European level and at the level of member states;
  • Implementation of the accompanying measures to the conflict mineral regulation;

C, Migration and Refugees

  • JENA will assess the protection situation of undocumented migrants in major migrant destination cities of Africa’
  • Design and implement a program for social enterprises that serve or are led by migrants, refugees, and human trafficking survivors.

D, Mediterranean Crisis

  • Advocate for just migration and asylum policies in the European Union promoting the dignity of each person, including victims of human trafficking.
  • Undertake and encourage further research into the root causes of migration
  • Promote global responsibility and action as the only viable response to this humanitarian tragedy.
  • Call on the AU to play its role in addressing this crisis

Responsible Business and Corporate Accountability

JENA will seek to achieve the following objectives between 2019 and 2023:

I, Mainstream Approach

 Influence the global agenda in this field towards recognising the need for greater social justice as far as business is concerned

  • Develop one or two corporate accountability and watchdog programmes, including monitoring of private sector practices and their impact on local communities.
  • Build strategic alliances with key players, and develop a profile as an actor alongside the UN, governments and private sector actors
  • Achieve a clear positioning of JENA as an important player in corporate accountability – globally as well as in a number of selected countries.
  • Develop enough experience, evidence and insights to have a coherent view and strategy JENA can refer to in its dealings with companies and other organisations.
  • Document key learnings and evaluated the theory of change

 II, Formation and Accompaniment of Business Leaders

  • We develop programmes of training and formation for business leaders across the continent
  • Develop programmes in responsible and ethical leadership with a focus on spirituality, development of spirituality, personal and transpersonal development, business leadership, sense-making
  • Organise workshops and roundtable discussions for business leaders and organisations around the themes of spirituality and business leadership, science and spirituality, new paradigms for business leaders, spirituality and the probable implications for business in the twenty-first century

Domestic Resource Mobilisation

  • To advocate for a more just international tax and financial architecture
  • To advocate for tax systems in countries in Africa that promote equality
  • To advocate for governments to improve transparency in Tax Expenditures in terms of both their scope and periodicity
  • To promote accountability and responsibility in in the taxation extractive industries

Climate Justice and Food Security

 JENA will seek to achieve the following objectives under this thematic:

  • Improved awareness and understanding around local climate change vulnerabilities and impacts, and mechanisms to enable greater engagement with like-minded external actors to adapt to these vulnerabilities and impacts
  • Increased contribution to systemic changes with regards to national and international development policies and strategies that enhance community resilience to climate-related events and changes
  • Increased understanding of the context of the communities under which the research is conducted
  • Increased knowledge, skills and competencies of local adaptation team members trained in planning and conducting survey research for collecting data necessary for establishing adaptation coalitions
  • Increased understanding of the types and nature of the community capitals present in the community, including local vulnerabilities and impacts of climate change
  • Increased availability of primary data and information from the communities and potential partners necessary for establishing adaptation coalitions
  • Increased understanding of specific issues about vulnerabilities and impacts of climate change, and potential external actors to partner with in forming adaptation coalitions
  • Increased understanding by the community members of specific climate change vulnerabilities and impacts affecting their well-being, and the potential community based actions to address the problem(s)
  • Enhanced collaboration between external partners and the local community for joint planning and execution of adaptation coalition activities