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 Faith gives us a moral compass and ethical guidance that takes us beyond merely the social, economic or legal aspects or requirements in any situation.
Our rich African and world-wide Network can reach a vast array of populations and is a unique resource that we bring to the development agenda.
We are embedded in concrete social reality where we work closely with not only those who create and implement policies but also very closely with those who are impacted by policies or lack of them. Our work is evidence based and stems from our other organisations.
We have served the African social field for over a hundred years and have worked with partners, governments and institutions across Africa. We know the ins and outs of the African development and policy landscape.
Over the years we have built a reputation in research and analysis, in the field of development policy and social analysis and action that is recognized by many including governments.
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.