• Pan-African youth leadership development

    Africa is by far the world’s youngest continent, with a median age of only 18. Such a large population of young people presents an enormous challenge for the governments of Africa’s 54 countries. Resources must be found to ensure food, water, shelter, healthcare, education, and livelihood training for fully half of the 1.2 billion people on the continent.

    While this is indeed an enormous challenge, for the Jesuits and their partners it has also become a real opportunity.

  • Tax justice and the common good

    Charles B. Chilufya SJ is Director of the Justice and Ecology Network of Africa (JENA) for the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar(JCAM). He wrote this article for CJI after participating at an international conference on “Tax justice for promoting equality and social justice,” held in Nairobi, Kenya, in March 2019.

    It is often reported that globally there is notable progress in human development, especially when considering the changes in China and other countries. Yet incomes among the poorest people in the world remain low, ranging from US$1 to $2 per day, and the outlook is extremely bleak.

  • This earth, our mother

    Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator SJ is President of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar

    Fr Orobator wrote the following article for Mission News before Tropical Cyclone Idai hit the countries of southeast Africa {see link}. After the Cyclone, he wrote in a statement: “Disasters such as this one need... [to awaken our sympathy] to God’s creation itself. As humanity, we need to respond to the distress of our planet. Global increase in adverse and calamitous weather conditions is a manifestation of climate change, which we humans are largely responsible for. While the poor are the least responsible for global warming and environmental degradation, it is they who bear the brunt of its effects.