The cry of the poor and of the Earth: it is time to respond

The second day of the 50th Anniversary of the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat focused on discerning the roadmap for implementing the Universal Apostolic Preferences, and more specifically, the challenges and opportunities for walking with excluded people (PAU-2) and for accompanying young people on their journey (PAU-3). For more information, see the press release

A Path of Justice and Reconciliation.

Lead Magis+ Africa: 3 days of Learning, networking and Connecting

“Ignited! That is how we felt as we ended the Lead Magis+ Africa Conference on leadership development yesterday”exclaimed Clive Pawakwenyewa from Zimbabwe. The conference was an initiative of the Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network of Africa (JENA) that took place from 12 to 14 October 2019 at Center Christus, in Kigali Rwanda. The conference was […]

Lead Magis+ Africa Youth Conference

The recently launched Lead Magis+ Africa Conference took place from 12th to 14th October at the Centre Christus in Kigali. It followed straight after Youth Connect Conference successfully hosted by the Rwandan Government and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Kigali from 9th and 10th October 2019. Youth Connect brought together close to 10,000 […]

LEAD+ Magis Leadership Workshop Training of Trainers

The Justice and Ecology Office of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM)will host its first annual International Youth conference, LeaD+Plus Africa from 12th to 14th October 2019 which will see 200 young people and 20 adult animators congregate over a period of three days, to learn and actively engage in the promotion of […]

Jesuit Hakimani Centre Moves to Counties in Kenya to Advocate for Tax Justice to Fight Poverty and Inequality. By Andebo Pax Pascal

On August 30th and September 5th 2019, staff from Jesuit Hakimani Centre (JHC) visited Kisumu and Mombasa, respectively to advocate for promoting tax justice as a solution to the growing challenges of poverty and inequality in Kenya. The meetings involved religious leaders, representatives of the county assemblies (MCAs), technocrats in the local (county) government, representatives […]

Call for Dialogue

On Saturday 7 September 2019 while certain parts of South Africa were experiencing or recovering from the horrifying incidents of xenophobia and sexual gender based violence (SGBV), the Jesuit Social Apostolate in South Africa and Africa Unite, a local human rights NGO, hosted a community dialogue in De Doorns. De Doorns is a township about […]

Celebration of the Golden Jubilee of the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat (SJES) in Africa by Charles Chilufya SJ

The Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) launched its celebration of the Golden Jubilee of the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat (SJES) during the occasion of the annual meeting of the Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network of Africa (JENA). The JENA Annual Meeting had three segments to it: the JENA Annual Assembly which focused […]

“LEADERS: TAKE RESPONSIBILITY!” Jesuit of South Africa issued a statement regarding recent Xenophobic attacks

STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2 September 2019 “LEADERS: TAKE RESPONSIBILITY!”       “What have you done? Your neighbour’s blood cries out to me from the ground!” (Genesis 4:10) The Jesuit Institute South Africa strongly condemns the deplorable violence, thuggery and looting which has taken place in Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and Pretoria. Violence, robbery and lawlessness […]

Leveraging the Role of Knowledge and Collaboration in the UAP Implementation in JENA By Charlie B. Chilufya, S.J. and Basil Ibrahim

Introduction During its annual meeting this year, the Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network for Africa (JENA) organised the First International JENA Conference on the Implementation of the Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAPs) with a focus on the role of knowledge, research and collaboration, from August 6th to 9th. The Conference brought together Jesuits and lay partners […]

Are the People Aware? Talking about Tax Justice and Poverty by Pascal Andebo

On August 23rd the Jesuit Hakimani Centre (JHC) in Nairobi, engaged with over 50 representatives from the public in an initial attempt to discuss the challenge of many people living in poverty and facing inequality, and what to do to address these social ills in society. This was a result of the Tax Justice and […]

Jesuit Urumuri Centre Launched AHAPPY Generation Programme in Rwanda

AHAPPY is an acronym for AJAN HIV and AIDS Prevention Programme for the Youth. It is a programme initiated by AJAN (African Jesuit AIDS Network) in different countries of Africa and Madagascar. The launching of this program took place at Jesuit Urumuri Centre JUC. It  was a culmination of a ten days training of trainers […]

SJES Director Talking About Social Justice

JENA’s Conference on Implementation of the Universal Apostolic Preferences

  JUSTICE AND ECOLOGY NETWORK FOR AFRICA (JENA) “A faith that does justice” In February this year, the Superior General of the Society of Jesus (The Jesuits) announced the four Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAP) which will provide a guideline for our apostolic engagement for the next 10 years. The UAPs are an ambitious roadmap to […]

What do Ignatian Universal Apostolic Preferences have to do with the UN Sustainable Development Goals?

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their predecessors, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), have gone through a long process of over 20 years of refitting and reviews, while being discussed by 193 member countries. Today they include developing and developed countries and have a vision of eradicating poverty and leaving no one behind by […]

Ignatian Delegation Participates in the UN’s High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

An Ignatian delegation is taking part in the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), which runs July 9-18, 2019, in New York City. The HLPF brings together governments and organizations from around the world to review the implementation and achievements in UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as to examine how […]

The Africa we want Round table

The Jesuit conference for Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) Justice and Ecology Office in Partnership with the Rwanda Religious Leaders Forum (RRLF) and other likeminded youth organization from the East Africa Community region such as the Africa Youth Trust and other youth organizations of Rwanda, such as the Institute for peace and conflict Transformation, Never Again […]

Hakimani Social Centre’s Signature Conference on: Climate Smart Water Governance, Food Security & Value-Based Education

On 11th and 12th of June 2019, all roads for a moment led to HIPSIR for a two-day conference. The turnout was impressive: 500+ participants representing different constituencies and social interests. The first day was dedicated to a conversation on the effects of climate change on the two river basins in Kenya, out of its […]

Morality and Public/Political responsibilities Workshop held by CEPAS

CEPAS, together with DYPOL (a civil society organization focusing on sociopolitical questions) held a three-day workshop on “Morality and Public/Political responsibilities” from 27-29 May. The following topics were tackled; the relationship between politics and morality, the political scene of DR Congo where ethics seems to be pushed out of the scene, leaving room to political […]

Africa, drought, and Europe

Charles Chilufya SJ, Social Delegate for Africa, tells about what is happening on the continent of Africa in relation to drought, the work of Jesuits and the threads that link Africa and Europe. The question of drought is becoming widespread in Africa. This I know from our Jesuit ecology and climate justice group. It is […]

Renewed commitment of the Jesuit Refugee Service

Renewed commitment of the Jesuit Refugee Service 2019/15 TO THE WHOLE SOCIETY OF JESUS AND PARTNERS IN MISSION Dear friends in the Lord: November 2020 will mark 40 years since the Servant of God Fr Pedro Arrupe founded the Jesuit Refugee Service. In his 1980 letter announcing the launch of JRS, Fr Arrupe said that […]

Social Apostolate Conference Social Delegates and GIAN Network Leaders Meeting

From 13 to 17 May, the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat, headed by Fr. Xavier Jeyaraj, brought together the Delegates for the Social Apostolate of the six Jesuit Conferences and the members of the GIAN (Global Ignatian Advocacy Networks). They all met at the curia. After praying and sharing about their respective experiences, the participants […]

We have vision for Africa

During a special visit to Europe, Charles Chilufya SJ, Social Apostolate Coordinator and Director of JENA (Justice and Ecology network in Africa), joined us at the JESC office in Brussels. We had a fruitful exchange of views and it was really interesting to see Europe from an African perspective. “From Europe, we don’t want charity […]

Launching of the CEFOD young professionals program

To contribute to the fight against unemployment of young graduates in Chad, CEFOD launched since December 2018, the CEFOD young professionals program. The objective of this program is to contribute to the professionalization of Chadian youth through three to six month internships for young talented graduates who have not yet had a professional experience. For […]


35 Représentants des organisations de la société civile et des mouvements citoyens et 15 experts panélistes  Lieu : CEPAS (salles Léon et De Decker jumelées) C’est depuis mai 2018 que le CEPAS a associé une centaine d’organisations de la société civile pour accompagner le processus électoral en RD Congo. Le premier atelier de réflexion […]

Evaluation of the electoral process workshop

In March 2019, CEPAS together with 100 civil society organizations held electoral workshop in DRC. This process begun with brainstorming on importance of the civil societies in electoral process. Since the presidential and legislative elections (national and provincial) took place on the 30th December 2018. It was therefore important for the civil society actors involved […]

Situation of Africa’s Poverty

It has been reported that globally, there has been notable progress in human development, especially in China. Yet incomes in the poorest deciles of humanity remain quite low. Ranging between 1 to 2 USD per day. Given such low incomes it is no wonder that situation of the world’s poor is extremely bleak. The world […]

Tax justice and common good

Tax avoidance and illicit financial flows deprive African countries of crucial resources needed for development — for health, education and other basic requirements. This was the central message of Fr Charles Chilufya SJ, Director of the Justice and Ecology Network for the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar, on his visit to Canada as the […]

Activating Jesuit Network

Co-sponsored with the Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network of Africa, Miller Center provided a social enterprise workshop for 18 African Jesuit social ministry centers February 26-28 in Nairobi, Kenya. This network of Jesuit social ministry centers is a project of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar. Miller Center’s team (Pamela Roussos and your humble servant) […]


The Southern African Jesuits are working to rebuild and restore their region after Cyclones .  The Jesuits on the ground conducted a rapid assessment test and realized that among the three countries, Beira’s city damaged was widespread and Jesuits alone could not provide solutions.  This is why  they called upon everyone, including  the governments of […]

Poverty and the impact of disasters

The last month or so has produced impassioned reactions to the catastrophic effects of Cyclone Idai across the southern African countries of Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Madagascar. The cyclone brought strong winds and caused severe flooding across five days of acute devastation. It led to the deaths of at least 1078 people, with hundreds of […]

Peter Knox SJ Report on UNEA4 as an external observer- By Peter Knox SJ

Last month the fourth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly was held. The UN Environment Programme welcomed to its home in Nairobi, heads of state, ministers of environment, diplomats and their entourages, and members of civil society – some 5,000 people all told. Special guests were the boy presidents – Macron and Rajoelina, and […]

JCAM at the Fourth United Nations General Assembly on the Environment (UNEA 4)

Faith at the heart of saving the common home Thanks to the enthusiasm of Charles Chilufya , SJ, the current director the Justice and Ecology office of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM), three Jesuits participated in the fourth United Nations Environment Assembly, which has just been held in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, […]


EAI International Upcoming Conference on Technology, R&D, Education and Economy for Africa (TREE for Africa 2019), sponsored by the Jesuit University Institute (CERAP/IDDH) and the African Institute for Scientific Information (AIScI). TREE 2019 is taking place in Korhogo, Côte d’Ivoire, with the full support and sponsorship of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, […]

Report on Cyclone Idai

“Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live.” These words from Robert Kennedy continue to ring true and give hope in the disaster that has befallen Southern Africa in the wake of Cyclone Idai. On 14 March 2019, Cyclone Idai, with wind speeds of over 170 […]

JENA MILLER CENTER Social Enterprise  Workshop

Ever dream of changing the world or making a difference? Well, this is the dream and vision of Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network in Africa (JENA). For this dream to come to reality Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network in Africa (JENA) in collaboration with Miller Center laid a foundation in the past few weeks by […]


“INTEGRAL ECOLOGY: The care of our common home” International Conference Washington, D.C. USA (Georgetown University) The Director of the JCAM Justice and Ecology Office (JEO), Fr. Charles Chilufya along with Fr. Rigobert Minani, the convenor of the Ecclesial Network for the Congo Basin and the Secretary for Justice and Ecology at the Jesuit Curia in […]


The fourth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA4) took place from the 11th to 15th March 2019 UNEP Gigiri, Nairobi compound and Jesuits were part of the concluded International Assembly. Jesuits from various Social Centers in Africa participated in the assembly as delegates and they were; Fr James Kayanda (JHC), Fr Adrian Makasa (JCED) and […]

International Conference on Integral Ecology: A synodal response from the Amazon & other essential territories for the care of our common home

As part of the process leading to the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region in October 2019 at the Vatican, the International Conference on Integral Ecology: A synodal response from the Amazon and other essential biomes/territories for the care of our common home will take place on 19 to 21 March 2019 […]

Tax Justice: more about human dignity and wellbeing than money

Three Jesuit organisations have commissioned research to study correlations between tax and poverty. The final report was presented at a conference taking place in Nairobi, Kenya considering aspects of Tax Justice and Illicit Financial Flows. Ricardo da Silva SJ was at the launch of the report in Nairobi, Kenya. 14,7 million Kenyans live in extreme poverty, that’s […]

Upcoming Workshop : Social Enterprise Workshop

Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network (JENA) is partnering with Santa Clara University’s Miller Centre for Social Entrepreneurship to foster entrepreneurial approaches to the (impact and business) models of the centres and the network itself and to develop its capacity to deliver social enterprise training programmes. This partnership will create and direct the “Jesuit Initiative for […]

I want to be a Journalist

Jacob Mahamat Adam  is twenty-three years old.  He has been studying at the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Telyani School for six years. He described his experience at the school JRS School as quite fulfilling. Back in his country in Sudan he was teaching in a school.  He finds it difficult to adapt to the Chadian […]

JENA Youth Empowerment Working Group Meeting in Togo

The Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network Africa (JENA) Youth Empowerment and Leadership Development Working Group met in Lome, Togo at the Centre Sociaux Loyola from 12th to 13th February 2019. The meeting comprised Frs. Desire Yerumuremye, S.J, (Chair) Charles Chilufya, S.J (Ex-Officio), Patrice Ndayisenga, S.J, Kelly Michelo, S.J. and Martin-Claude Domfang, S.J. Based on JENA’s […]

Educating Nigerians for Political Participation Based on the Catholic Social Teaching

“Politics is a noble mission to promote the common good. As such, it is about ethics and principles as well as issues, candidates, and officeholders. To engage in ‘politics,’ then, is more than getting involved in current polemics and debates; it is about acting with others and through institutions for the benefit of all. The […]

Justice in Mining denounce impunity committed on socio-environmental

Last Friday January 25th, a tiling dam burst in the municipality of Brumadinho, in Brazil, releasing a mudflow of toxic waste. Three days after this tragedy at least 60 people have lost their lives, around 300 are disappeared and 24.000 people have been displaced by the potential risk of collapse of a second dam nearby. […]

Nairobi Upcoming Joint Conference on Domestic Resource Mobilization and Illicit Financial Flows

The Justice and Ecology Office (JEO) of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar(JCAM), Jesuit Hakimani Centre and Jesuitenmission of Germany, in cooperation with Academics Stand against Poverty (ASAP) and Global Financial Integrity (GFI) is  announcing  an  upcoming  Conference on Stemming Illicit Financial Flows (IFF) and  Enhancing Domestic Resource Mobilisation (DRM) in Africa .  This conference  will […]

Jesuit Refugee Service Great Lakes New Director

We are pleased to announce to you that the Fr General Arturo Sosa SJ has appointed Fr Eric Goeh-Akue SJ as the Regional Director for Great Lakes Region in addition to being Regional Director for the West Africa Regional. We congratulate him and pray for him as he continue to serve Jesus Christ in the less fortunate […]

Social Justice and Ecology Commemorates its 50th Anniversary

The Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat (SJES), an important department in the Jesuit Headquarters in Rome, which was founded as the Jesuit Secretariat for Socio-Economic Development in 1969 by Superior General of the Jesuits then, Fr. Pedro Arrupe will next year (November 2019) commemorate its 50th Anniversary since its establishment. Inspired by the Gospel (Matthew […]

Migration flows from Ethiopia to Europe: A conundrum for the EU?

In the months of June and July 2018, Jesuit Hakimani Center based in Nairobi, Kenya together with Entreculturas, Spain worked on a short research to assess the impact of the European Union Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF) on migrants and refugees enroute to Europe through Ethiopia.   A significant portion of EUTF has been allocated to […]

JCAM -JRS NetworkingMeeting

The Jesuit Conference Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) Director of Justice and Ecology and the Jesuit Refugee Service Regional Directors held their at Hekima University College ,School of Theology on 11th November 2018. The purpose of the meeting was to explore ways of building a stronger, more coordinated and functional network for migrants and refugees. The […]

JENA learning best practices from Miller Center : Accelerating entrepreneurship to end poverty and protect environment through business plans.

Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network in Africa and Madagascar (JENA) held its maiden social entrepreneur workshop at Center Cristus in Rwanda Kigali from the 26th to 30th November 2018. The workshop was conducted by Miller Center for Social entrepreneurship from the United States (US) and the director of the Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network in […]

Thematic Social Forum on Mining and Extractivist Economy: an outstanding success that builds a platform for continuity

  In the face of an intensifying assault on nature, the relentless drive to displace people from their lands for mining and other extractivist projects as well as the assault on workers rights, the Thematic Social Forum on mining and extractivist economy was timely. The threat posed by the rise of the far right in […]

2025 Targets to Step Up Climate Action

Ahead of COP24, the WBG announced a major new set of climate targets for 2021-2025, doubling its current 5-year investments to around $200 billion in support for countries to take ambitious climate action, with a strong focus on increasing adaptation; leveraging private sector finance and supporting increased systemic climate action at the country level. » […]

Remodelling JCAM Social Ministries Workshop

  Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network JENA  is partnering with Santa Clara University’s Miller Centre for Social Entrepreneurship to foster entrepreneurial approaches to the (impact and business) models of the centres and the network itself and to develop its capacity to deliver social enterprise training programmes. This partnership will create and direct the “Jesuit Initiative […]

The Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in Africa and Madagascar Condemn the Brutal Murder of Fr. Victor-Luke Odhiambo SJ

          Nairobi, Monday, 19 November, 2018   Press statement:   The Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in Africa and Madagascar Condemn the Brutal Murder of Fr. Victor-Luke Odhiambo, SJ – a Jesuit Priest in Cueibet, South Sudan – and call for Justice, Reconciliation, Peace and a Complete Disarmament in South Sudan   […]


On Wednesday October 17th 2018, the CERAP – Jesuit University and social center in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire- hosted a conference on future of work: labour after laudato si. Participants from Côte d’Ivoire Togo, Benin, Burkina Faso, Tchad and France joined the conference. These included the students and people of various professional background.   The conference was […]


What is Tax Justice? Tax justice simply means fairer systems for taxing. It is certainly not a new concept as it has been addressed by early writers dealing with taxation, especially those who proposed ideas of equity or progressive taxes.  However, it has become a greater issue globally as taxes are being advocated for in […]


The issues of poverty and taxes affect everybody in Kenya, though in varying degrees. This makes them matters of concern for the government and the citizens of the country. This research on “Tax Justice and Poverty: narrowing the wealth gap and reducing public dependence on external financing”, therefore deals with these issues in the specific […]

JRS Malawi Holds “Naweza” Conference to empower girls Dzaleka

At the beginning of September this year, the first ever Naweza Girls Conference was held at Dzaleka Refugee camp in Malawi in the Red Cross Hall last month. The conference was part of the Naweza project, a partnership between the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and the Fidel Götz Foundation that aims to empower refugee girls, […]

Jesuits in South Sudan Turn guns into garden

Training about good governance and citizen participation for 2018 election preparation.

The mission of the Centre Social Arrupe is to promote research of sustainable solutions to the Malagasy society issues, in favor and with the poor, in the economic, political, sociocultural and ecologic dimensions. The training about good governance and citizen participation for election preparation aims at dealing with sustainable solution in terms of politic and […]


The Justice and Ecology Office (JEO) of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar in collaboration with AEGIS Trust of UK and Rwanda is holding workshop on a learning partnership between the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and AEGIS Trust within the frame of the Aegis Trust Learning Programme to develop manuals for embedding peace […]

Launch of JASCNet Strategic Plan

The JCAM Social Ministries’ Annual Meeting was held in Zambia from 4th August to 6th August 2018. This year’s Annual Meeting marked the launch of the JASCNET Strategic Plan 2019-2023 which was flagged off by the JCAM President, Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator, SJ who was in attendance throughout the meeting. Delegates at the meeting discussed […]

The JCAM Social Ministries (JSM) Annual Meeting

DAY ONE The JCAM Social Ministries (JSM) Annual Meeting is currently being held at Kasisi Retreat in Lusaka, Zambia. It started on Saturday, 4th August 2018 and will end on  6th August 2018. The JCAM President, Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator, SJ is in attendance and opened the gathering by encouraging the attendants to make the […]

Urumuri’s Efforts to Ease Access to Information on Development and Social Justice

Imagine what the world would be without libraries? Libraries are so crucial when it comes to information and knowledge. Without libraries, we may never have traced histories of our past or learn about inventions that happened in the past. Everything would have been forgotten. Libraries stores information thus we can pass from one generation to […]

Jesuit Centre for Leadership Development (JCLD) in Collaboration with AEGIS offered leadership course to young people in Zambia

On Friday 13th July , 2018 a group of 50 young people received certificates of training after they completed a yearlong leadership development programme dubbed ‘Purpose driven Leadership Development Programme (PLDP) under the aegis of the Jesuit Centre for Leadership Development (JCLD) in Lusaka, Zambia. The PLDP is a response to the need to develop […]

Jesuit Hakimani Centre improving equity and faireness in water management in Garissa County

Jesuit Hakimani Center has been working with the select Religious Leaders, Civil Society Organizations, and Water Service Providers to improve equity and fairness in water management for communities most affected by the adverse climate in Garissa County. Severe water scarcity in Garissa County is associated with extreme climate variability and deficiencies in water governance. In […]