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.

Guiding Principles and Approaches

JHC is guided by principles and approaches developed by the Society of Jesus for its social apostolate work globally. For its work in the region it has adopted four principles (Accompany, Inform, Serve and Influence) and five approaches (Social research and publications, Awareness creation and raising, Capacity development, Lobbying and Advocacy, and Networking and partnerships). Further, JHC uses the media as a platform for outreach and to enable it disseminate information to its target groups and audiences as well as the general public.