Peace, Diakonia And Development

This programme is broken down in the following thematic areas.

 

1. Peace

Programmatic Goals

  • Maintain ecumenical pastoral presence for reconciliation and peace in difficult situations

Programmatic interventions

  • Maintain high-level ecumenical diplomacy
  • Encourage the churches to have disaster preparedness and management systems (effective early warning systems)
  • Facilitate reconciliation and mediation initiatives
  • Assist the churches to play a proactive role in preventing potential conflicts (e.g. related to land, water and other natural resources)
 
2. Migration and Human Trafficking

Programmatic Goals

  • Increase awareness on the phenomenon and address root causes of migration

Programmatic interventions

  • Encourage the churches to include the issue of migration and human trafficking in the church agenda
  • Promote an Africa of Hope (Videos, documentaries on returnees, profiling of successful business women, etc.)
  • Work with European ecumenical institutions to address the challenge of Africa-Europe migration
  • Develop linkages with Africans in the diaspora

 

3. Climate Change

Programmatic Goals

  • Addressing the impact of Climate Change

Programmatic interventions

  • Engage in advocacy at the AU through the Liaison Office (compliance with the Paris Agreement)
  • Promote the use of renewable energy

 

4. Environment and Care for Creation

Programmatic Goals

  • Promote eco – theology.

Programmatic interventions

  • Educate member churches on the challenge of environment and climate Justice and the imperatives of an eco-theology in African contexts
  • Address issues of land and water justice

 

5. Engagement with Global and Continental Development Agendas

Programmatic Goals

  • Creatively engage with UN Agenda 2030 and African Union “Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want”.

Programmatic interventions

  • Continue popularization for ownership by the churches
  • Equip churches to monitor implementation and hold their governments accountable
  • Showcase achievements from time to time

 

6. Advocacy for Economic Justice and a new Debt Crisis

Programmatic Goals

  • Engage in multi-stakeholder dialogue on national debts, international aid, access to markets (economic partnership  agreement) etc.

Programmatic interventions

  • Advocate for Churches’ commitment to economic justice in the continent
  • Produce fact sheets on ballooning new debt and the challenge of debt management
  • Equip churches to monitor governments borrowing (ethical decision-making)
  • Address issues of corruption

 

7. Population and Development

Programmatic Goals

  • Highlight the issue of sustainable population growth and its impact on development

Programmatic interventions

  • Demonstrate the link between population growth and development
  • Assist churches to responsibly engage in reproductive health issues
  • Research and make available statistical data and analysis on population growth in Africa

 

8. Diakonia

Programmatic Goals

  • Advocate for Diakonia as an imperative ministry to the Church to be inclusive, empowering and transformative

Programmatic interventions

  • Collaborate with the World Council of Churches on Diakonia in the African continent.
  • Equip churches in developing common understanding of Diakonia and practice of the ministry of Diakonia
  • Disseminate publications on Diakonia