Identity and mandate:
JHC was established in 2001 as a ‘Centre for Social Concern’ owned and run by the Jesuit Fathers Registered Trustees of the Eastern Africa Province of the Society of Jesus. It is “A Center for Evidence Based Advocacy” that works to promote the study and action on issues linking faith, justice and peace in the Jesuit Eastern Africa Province and provides a more visible expression of the social justice dimension of the Jesuits’ identity and mission.
JHC’s name HAKIMANI conﬂates three Kiswahili concepts: HAKI (justice), IMANI (faith), and AMANI (peace). Its inspiration and responsibility comes from the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and the spirituality of its founder, St. Ignatius of Loyola, encompasses the social teaching of the Catholic Church, and the passion stems from the Jesuit mission of faith that does justice. It is also guided by decrees of the Jesuits General Congregations 32, 34 and 35 which placed emphasis on ‘the Service of Faith and the Promotion of Justice’ and focuses on fighting poverty, with priority for Africa.
JHC’s overall goal during the plan period is “To promote human dignity and development for the marginalized and poor in the Region by contributing to the building and maintenance of just economic, social and political structures”.
Key Strategic Priority/Areas of Focus
1. Social and Economic Justice for Young People in and out of School: The overall goal of Social and Economic Justice for Young People in and out of School is “To develop young people of integrity, who are creative and innovative, have an entrepreneurial spirit, participate in political and electoral processes in a responsible manner, and are role models in their homes, schools, work places and communities. The focus is on young people in the 15-30 years age bracket”.
JHC pursues the following five objectives in this area: (a) Strengthen the resilience of young people to resist radicalization and avoid violence, (b) Facilitate activities that promote creation of gainful economic opportunities for young people out of school, (c) Advocate among policy makers for greater awareness on need to support youth from poor backgrounds, (d) Enhanced global interconnectivity, information sharing and broadening of knowledge among the youth, and (e)Facilitate global sharing and learning for young people in different parts of the world.
2.Policy and Governance Environment that Supports Dignified Lives for Smallholder Farmers: The overall goal of Policy and Governance Environment that Supports Dignified Lives for Smallholder Farmers is “To contribute to the establishment of policy and governance environment that promote dignified lives for smallholder farmers and other vulnerable groups in selected areas”.
The objective JHC pursues in this area is to advocate for just local and global policies to protect small holder farmer
3.Civic Engagement to Promote Good Governance Systems and Processes: The overall goal of Civic Engagement to Promote Good Governance Systems and Processes is “To contribute through civic knowledge and education to encourage citizen’s engagement with governance systems to promote integrity, transparency and accountability by elected leaders”.
JHC pursues the following three objectives in this area: (a) Strengthen the capacity of church leadership and select CSOs in each country in the region to engage in credible electoral processes, (b) Undertake advocacy on electoral integrity processes in the region, and (c) Promote effective public participation in governance processes.