The overall Objectives of Jesuit Hakimani Centre are:
- To promote justice and peace in the Eastern Africa Region in the Jesuit spirit of dialogue, reconciliation and respect for African values and culture, while maintaining strong service of faith.
- To generate sustainable solutions to impending and emerging social economic practices by way of research and social analysis to influence policy.
- To collaborate with the Church, like minded religious institutions and state and non-state agencies in research to entrench social analysis and action in promoting social justice in the Eastern Africa Province.
- To support Jesuit institutions in the Province with information on social justice to promote peace and justice.
- To create and strengthen international and national networks/linkages that provide conducive environment for policy engagement.
- To encourage the spirit of ecumenism and interfaith dialogue in promoting justice and peace in the Eastern Africa Province.
- To generate and disseminate information as well as raise awareness on debilitating social issues to enable the Province, the larger Catholic community and state and non-state agencies to influence national governance agenda and contribute to the development of relevant/responsive government policy and practices.
- To act as a repository of information and ideas on social justice issues within the Province.
Jesuit Hakimani Centre as a social centre of the Society of Jesus is guided by a number of principles in its work. The principles define the process of service of faith and promotion of justice by Jesuit social centres and the integral service offered by the Society. These principles are:
- Accompany: In the spirit of preferential option for the poor, a call emphasized by Pope Francis, identify with and support the poor and marginalized by promoting conditions for credibility and accountability, and encourage positive social relationships.
- Inform: Obtain credible information and disseminate to the relevant people, create awareness and educate people on issues that are relevant to them.
- Serve: Reach out to society by creating effective delivery systems and structures.
- Influence: Provide adequate data and information, create channels for dissemination using appropriate means and tools to reach out to the different actors in the society, and promote policy change as well as adoption of positive cultures and beliefs.
The approaches and methods used by the JHC are:
- Social research and publications: Undertake research and studies, carry out in-depth analysis, document and present how social justice issues affect the poor and marginalized in society.
- Awareness raising: Share the findings of researches and studies as well as issues of concern through publications, information sharing platforms, and communication to relevant authorities and actors.
- Human capacity development support/trainings: Design appropriate methods that help national and international partners, donors, governments and religious institutions to better understand and respond to the challenges and opportunities that arise in communities that are structurally marginalized.
- Advocacy and human development: Facilitate forums and platforms to influence policies and practices beneficial to the poor and marginalized.
- Networking and partnerships: Identify like-minded organizations, build credibility, work on common fronts, exploit synergies, built on strengths, work together, and support each other.
The media will be a platform for outreach to the target groups and audiences.