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ALL AFRICA CONFERENCE

OF CHURCHES

ALL AFRICA CONFERENCE OF


CHURCHES

MID-YEAR REPORT
2014

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LIST OF ABBREVIATION AND ACRONYMS

AAATRS

All Africa Academy of Theology and Religious Studies

AACC All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC)


AEA Association of Evangelicals in Africa
ASTHEOL

Association des Institutions Thologiques dAfrique Francophone

ATIEA Association of Theological Institutions in Eastern Africa


ATISCA

Association of Theological Institutions in Southern and Central Africa

AU African Union
AUC African

Union Commission
AWEPON
African Womens Economic Policy Network
BOT
Board of Trustees
CAD
Campaign for African Dignity
CCSL
Council of Churches of Sierra Leone
CEVAA
Communaut dEglises en Mission
CSO
Civil Society Organisations
CPDE
CSOs Partnership for Development Effectiveness
DTCC
Desmond Tutu Conference Centre
DRC
Democratic Republic of Congo
EEAM
Eglise Evanglique au Maroc
FBOs
Faith Based Organisations
JEC
Joint Executive Committee
KCS
Keeping the Children Safe U.K.
NCCs
National Christian Councils
OIAC
Organization of African Instituted Churches
PIASS
Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences
PROCMURA
Programme for Christian-Muslim Relations in Africa
RELBONET
Religious Bodies Network on Climate Change
RL-PIHA
Religious Leaders Peace Initiative in the Horn of Africa
SEF Sudan Ecumenical Forum
SG Secretary General
SCC Sudan Council of Churches
UCC United Church of Canada
UJCC Uganda Joint Christian Council
WAATI
West African Association of Theological Institutions
WCC World Council of Churches
WDP World Day of Prayer

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The AACCs VISION:


Churches in Africa together for Life, Truth, Justice and Peace (John 10:10)
The AACCs MISSION:
The All Africa Conference of Churches is a fellowship of churches and institutions
working together in their common witness to the Gospel by:

Mobilizing to faithfully live the message of Gods love;

Nurturing a common understanding of the faith;

Interpreting and responding to challenges to human dignity; and,

Acting prophetically in Word, Life and Service for healing.
The AACCs VALUES:
In obedience to God and the imperatives of the Gospel we are committed to
operate honestly and with integrity, and in the spirit of love.
ORGANIZATIONAL STRATEGIES AND PRINCIPLES
Our Strategies:

AACC is the prophetic presence and witness of the Churches in Africa.

AACC is an ecumenical instrument facilitating synergy amongst its members, with the people of Africa.

AACC mobilizes its constituency to speak with one voice on issues affecting the people of the African continent.
Our Principles:

We are proactive in the accompaniment of Churches;

We engage in discernment for positive transformation;

We are issue driven and focus on result oriented programmes;

We are committed to ecumenical vocation.

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Table of

CONTENTS

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY..........................................................................................................vi
1.0 THE OFFICE OF THE GENERAL SECRETARY......................................................................8
2.0 THEOLOGY, ECUMENICAL AND INTERFAITH RELATIONS................................................9
2.1 Consultation on Theology as a Tool to Overcome Poverty in Africa...................................... 9
2.2 Interactive Seminar on the Current Landscape of Theological Education in Africa.......... 10
2.3 Advisory Committee on Theology, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations meeting............... 10
2.4 Internship Programme................................................................................................................... 11
3.0 EMPOWERMENT, DIAKONIA AND DEVELOPMENT........................................................12
3.1 Assessment of the Organizational capacity of the Council of Churches in Sierra Leone
(CCSL)..................................................................................................................................................... 12
3.2 Leadership Development for Church Leaders.......................................................................... 13
3.3 Consultation on Climate change and Food security................................................................ 14
3.4 Pan-African Interfaith Summit...................................................................................................... 15
4.0 FAMILY LIFE AND GENDER JUSTICE...............................................................................16
4.1 Women Database......................................................................................................................... 16
4.2 Fellowship of the Least Coin........................................................................................................ 16
4.3 Capacity Building Workshop for Women in East Africa........................................................ 17
4.4 Church Leaders Summit on Millennium Development Goals.................................................. 18
4.5 Health and Healing /HIV-AIDS................................................................................................... 18
4.6 Child Safeguarding Policy........................................................................................................... 18
5.0 PEACE AND ADVOCACY PROGRAMME........................................................................20
5.1 Office of the Ecumenical Special Envoy for South Sudan and Sudan............................ 20
5.1.1 Shuttle Diplomacy, Advocacy, and Consultations............................................................ 20

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5.1.2 IGAD Peace Talks.................................................................................................................. 21
5.1.3 Additional Consultations and Ecumenical Coordination................................................. 21
5.1.4 The South Sudan Support Group Nairobi (SSSG-N).................................................. 22
5.2 The AACC-African Union Liaison Office............................................................................... 23
5.2.1 YWCA: Young Women Engaging with African Union Summit: 21 January, Addis
Ababa................................................................................................................................... 23
5.2.2 AU SUMMIT: 22nd Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly, Agriculture and Food
Security, 21-31 January, Addis Ababa........................................................................ 24
5.2.3 Open Session Peace and Security Council: Women, Children and other Vulnerable
groups in Armed Conflict: 8 May, Addis Ababa........................................................... 24
5.2.4 Churches Witnessing with Migrants 5th International Consultation: 12-16 May,
Stockholm, Sweden............................................................................................................. 24
5.2.5 UN-OCHA-AU: Managing risks of Humanitarian Crises. 12 June, Addis Ababa..... 24
5.2.6 International Evangelical Church (IEC): Seeking Peace through Reconciliation: 14 June,
Addis Ababa........................................................................................................................ 25
5.2.7 Churches Commission with Migrants in Europe (CCME): General Assembly 25-29 June,
Sigtuna, Sweden.................................................................................................................. 25
5.2.8 Pastoral visit to Sudan and South Sudan: June 16-24, 2014...................................... 25
5.2.9 Plans for the Formation of the Church Council in Ethiopia............................................ 26
5.3 Office of the Ecumenical Special Envoy for West and Central Africa........................... 26
5.3.1 Engagement in the Central African Republic................................................................... 26
5.3.2 Peace and Solidarity Visit to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).......................... 27
5.3.3 Peacekeeping Seminar in Kaduna, Nigeria..................................................................... 28
5.4 Migration and Human Trafficking.......................................................................................... 28
5.5 The AACC Peace Training Manual........................................................................................ 30

6.0 FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION................................................................................ 31


6.1 Outcome and Impact Orientation Workshop 24th - 26th June, 2014................................ 31
6.2 Unaudited Financial Report January-June 2014.................................................................... 31

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Executive Summary

he All Africa Conference of Churches began 2014 with a focus on creating


programs and activities to fit the new ecumenical mandate for the next 5
years. This report seeks to highlight the steps taken by the AACC in the
continent as the organization addresses the numerous concerns, political
tensions, and challenges facing the African continent. These steps were, and
continue to be, enacted through the various departments and programmes. The
climax of the previous five-year mandate was the 10th General Assembly, and
was also the organizations 50th Anniversary.

During the period under review, AACC programmatic work was enacted through
the following areas:
Office of the General Secretary
This office continues to provide leadership and ensures that work done by the
organization is consistent with the vision and mission. Governance structures
met, and continue to meet, regularly to formulate policies and oversee the
work of the Secretariat. The office of the General Secretary made deliberate
efforts to ensure that the organization strengthens its working relationship with
other stakeholders working in areas of mutual interest. It also responded to
invitations from its membership to accompany them on their various special
events and in times of difficulties, especially in the area of peace building and
mediation.
Theology, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations
The department continues to provide the theological rationale that must
undergird the work of the AACC as an instrument of the churches. The
department sustained its outreach to theologians and theological institutions
in its efforts to create and promote linkages that will enhance the role of
theological institutions on the continent. This department aims at promoting
contextual theology based on emerging issues in each region of the continent
and also facilitate theological movement which will guide the Church towards
a better future and well-being of her members.
Empowerment, Diakonia and Development
This department aims to accompany churches in their diakonical work in
eradicating structural injustices that negate Christs promise of fullness of
life through impacting on knowledge, poverty eradication, improvement of
economic well-being and institutional sustainability on the African continent.
This is achieved through efforts on leadership development and institutional
building, migration, eradication of poverty, climate change, civil society
organizations and development effectiveness.

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Family Life and Gender Justice


This new department aims at promoting family values and dignity for all, with
special focus on women, youth, and children concerns. Relevant issues were,
and will be, highlighted through workshops, data collection, and participation
in meetings of relevant sister organizations.
Peace and Advocacy
The department seeks to have the Church engage proactively in the prevention
and resolution of conflicts as well as in peace building through reconciliation
and healing. Under the Peace and Advocacy department is the AACC Liaison
Office to the African Union; the office engaged, with the AU in order to raise
the voice of the voiceless and ensure that the African churches concerns are
heard at the Policy level of the Union. Other offices are intertwined with
Peace and Advocacy. These are the offices of Ecumenical Special Envoys
one focusing on Sudan and South Sudan, the other on West and Central Africa
(based in the regional office in Lom, Togo).
Finance and Administration
The basic role of this department is to compliment the work of the General
Secretarys office in ensuring effective use of both human and material
resources of the organization. Specifically, the department plans together with
other departments on issues of budgeting, financing and fundraising efforts.
It takes the lead in accountability of resources and also oversees the strategic
business unit. During the period under review, the department continued to
play the above role.

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1.0
THE OFFICE OF THE GENERAL SECRETARY

he first half of the year 2014 has been dedicated to putting into place
mechanisms and strategies to implement the new programmatic thrusts
adopted by the General Committee in December, 2013. These new
programmatic thrusts include, amongst others, the new department of
Family Life and Gender Justice. It was therefore necessary to fill the vacancy
of the position of director and a call for candidates was made. This process
ended in April, when Rev. Prof. Priscille Djomhoue was appointed by the Executive
Committee as director of the new department.
During the same period, the AACC was visited by numerous guests. Staff also paid
visits to the constituency in order to nurture the relationship and consolidate the gains
of previous years. The office has also maintained the rhythm of communicating with
members, especially on special occasions like general assemblies or celebrations
of anniversaries.
It has also been noted that the relationship between the AACC and African Union
(AU) has been consolidated by the visit to the leadership of the AU by the General
Secretary with some Church Leaders from the Republic of South Sudan. The crises
in South Sudan, Central African Republic, and Nigeria have also been the focus of
the office and the secretariat as a whole; this has been done in close interaction
with the AACC Ecumenical Special Envoys in specific situations.
Prior to the Jubilee Assembly held in Kampala last year, a number of ecumenical
and theological networks were formed. In the new era we entered, we aim to
build on the foundation raised and continue the number of processes initiated.
We can affirm with joy and certainty that the ownership of the AACC by its
constituency is increasing.

The office of the General Secretary continued to nurture the relationship with
Ecumenical Players, especially the World Council of Churches (WCC). In this
regard, the office hosted and facilitated a meeting for Regional Ecumenical
Organization (REOs) and National Christian Councils (NCCs) in June, 2014. The
General Secretary participated as well in the WCC Central Committee meeting
in July, 2014.

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2.0
THEOLOGY, ECUMENICAL AND INTERFAITH
RELATIONS

he AACC being a Church based organization has purposed that theology


rather than ideology will form the basis of all its programmes. To this end,
all the other programmes of AACC are undergirded by the work of the
Theology department. Relevant contextual theological reflection focused
on the needs of the Church in Africa has come to be the basis or anchor of all the
programmes and activities of AACC. In the period under review, over 40% of the
time in the department was devoted to planning aimed at enhancing this in the
planned activities of the other departments. Strategically, the department took
care of the spiritual life of all programme activities in all other departments. This
was in addition to strengthening the worship and spiritual life of the community of
believers at the AACC secretariat in Nairobi anchoring the spiritual life of the
community in the Lord Jesus Christ who is the chief proponent of unity and peace.

The following specific activities undertaken during the first part of the year 2014
need special mention:
a) Consultation on Theology as a tool to overcome poverty in Africa
b) One day interactive seminar on the current landscape of theological
education in Africa
c) Advisory Committee on Theology, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations
meeting
d) The on-going internship programme for young theologians

2.1

Consultation on Theology as a Tool to Overcome Poverty in Africa

One overbearing challenge of churches in Africa is that of endemic dehumanizing


poverty among the majority of the faithful in the Church and communities. AACC
is committed to addressing this matter through contextual critical reflections that
focus on the use of theology as a tool to overcome poverty. A change in the mind
set of theological educators and congregational pastors will be critical in realising
this.

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This programme that is planned to cover all the regions in Africa was launched on 6th
March 2014 at the Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences (PIASS Butare,
Rwanda) where 120 congregational pastors, staff and students participated. The
focus was on Pastoral Leadership development. Congregational pastors together
with staff and students of PIASS were gathered for this launch.
The core issues for reflection included:
The value of working hard
Imperative of good stewardship of resources (such as: Financial
resources; Human resources our lives, skills, talents and gifts; Time;
Land)
Theological basis for resource management for the sustainability of the
Church
Theological critique of the prosperity gospel
Interpretation of biblical texts about poverty and the poor
Reading the signs of the time and taking advantage of presenting
opportunities Kairos
Preaching the mobilizing gospel that can motivate people to work and
get out of dehumanizing poverty
2.2 Interactive Seminar on the Current Landscape of Theological Education in
Africa
A one day interactive seminar on the current landscape of theological education in
Africa was held in Nairobi on 11th June as a prelude to the Advisory Committee
on theology and Interfaith Relations meeting. The participants were drawn
from theological students and staff in seminaries and theological faculties within
and around Nairobi. A total of 55 participants were involved in the seminar.
The participants appraised Africas socio-political context, Africas theological/
Christian education current trends, and critical theological issues from the regions
of the continent.
2.3 Advisory Committee on Theology, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations
meeting
The fifth Advisory committee meeting on Theology and Interfaith Relations was
convened on 12th June 2014. The Advisory Committee continues to accompany
the theology department to achieve its objectives. Every year, the Advisory
Committee meets to evaluate the work done and to plan for the present and
the future. A summary of the Key resolutions adopted at this meeting are being
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in part guide and inform the work of the department in 2014-2015.


2.4 Internship Programme
All Africa Conference of Churches has purposed itself to offer young theologians
exposure through training and internship programmes. Space for young
theologians has been provided for short term engagement, exposure and
ecumenical experiences at the AACC secretariat. This deepens and strengthens
ecumenical theological knowledge among young theologians. Additionally, this
exposure prepares young theologians for the leadership of the growing Church
in Africa. For the period under review, the Theology, Ecumenical and Interfaith
Relations department was honoured to host one young theologian Rev. Mantima
Hadiyo Thekiso. Rev Mantima is a Doctor of Philosophy student at the University
of Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa.
2.5 Library, Archives and Documentation
The initial phase of our records and knowledge management for 2014 was focused
on the creation of an online digital repository centre for our history dating back
to 1958, for users to access our rich ecumenical heritage for the benefit of history
and research. Thus created, the digital repository has increased awareness and
demand for the organizational history by readers from across the continent and
beyond. The demand and the nature of requests that continue to be addressed by
the centre have pointed the way for the next logical step in our on-going work of
knowledge management.
Digitization and upload of
key content is proving of
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utmost importance to our
Advancement of the field of theological education
constituency in Africa and
beyond.
through publications and collaborative works

Theology seen as an enabling tool for addressing

Furthermore, we have also


set out to collect baseline
poverty
information and data on the
Increased ownership and visibility by the
knowledge
management
status
of
churches
and
churches of the work of the department
councils in Africa. The
Space provided for increased ecumenical
outcome will inform our
interventions in order to
theological knowledge as a basis for the unity of
eventually link up our
the Church among young theologians
Archive facility with other
such centres from around
the continent in order to
build a critical base of information and resources for Africa-wide research on the
work of the ecumenical Church.

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3.0
EMPOWERMENT, DIAKONIA AND
DEVELOPMENT

n the period under review the department for Empowerment, Diakonia and
Development undertook the following activities:
Assessment of the Organizational capacity of the Council of
Churches in Sierra Leone (CCSL)
Leadership and Development training for Church and Council
Leaders
Facilitated a Consultation on Climate Change and Food Security

3.1 Assessment of the Organizational capacity of the Council of Churches in


Sierra Leone (CCSL)
This was a second visit to Sierra Leone which took place between 28th February
to 6th March 2014. The purpose of the visit was to follow up the implementation
of the recommendations made during the first visit in January 2013 when the
assessment of the Organizational Capacity of the Council was initially undertaken.
When the CCSL Executive Committee received the 2013 CCSL Assessment Report,
it appointed four sub-committees to address the four key recommendations of the
report. The sub-committees were:
Strategic Planning
a) Constitutional Review
b) Administrative and Programme Review
c) Resource Mobilization
All the sub-committees took their duties seriously throughout 2013. They shared
their work with the Empowerment Diakonia and Development department of the
AACC through emails for critique and further advice.
Towards the end of 2013, CCSL invited the Director of Empowerment, Diakonia
and Development to visit the Council in February 2014 to have face to face
discussions on the ongoing work with the CCSL Executive Committee and the Staff.
They further developed the draft created by the Strategic Planning Committee.

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Outcome and Impact

The creation of a strategic plan that takes into consideration the member churches of
CCSL
Cycle of empowerment from the churches to the council and vice versa
Increased capacity of the development department of the council leading to other
departments being empowered
Initiation of the path towards rebranding and reshaping the CCSL

3.2 Leadership Development for Church Leaders


A training of Church and council leaders in Africa was held at the AACC Desmond
Tutu Conference Centre in Nairobi, Kenya from April 28th to May 1st, 2014.
The course attracted 43 participants mainly heads of churches and council
representatives from all over the continent.
Through this training participants were able to attain applicable knowledge on
stewardship and the accountability of resources. They reviewed African case
studies with the goal of creating strategic plans for their own churches. The
participants capability for addressing the challenges of Church sustainability in
a rapidly changing context was enhanced greatly by this course. The gamut of
issues discussed included climate justice, peace building and conflict resolution,
Christian Muslim relations in Africa, and many more. A variety of learning methods
were used to realize this: power point presentations, lectures, guest speakers,
case studies, group work, and plenary discussions. Participants were also given indepth analyses from the various speakers such as Ambassador Bethuel Kiplagat
of Kenya.

Church and council leaders that attended the training

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3.3 Consultation on Climate change and Food security


The department facilitated a Consultation on Climate Change and Food Security
from 13th to 14th May 2014. The venue of the Consultation was Nairobi, Kenya.
The Consultation attracted 25 participants from within the AACC constituency, and
primarily comprising officers responsible for climate change/food security.
The relationship between climate change, agriculture and food security is complex
and dynamic. Agriculture and food systems are heavily influenced by socioeconomic conditions such as changing patterns of consumption, macro-economic
policies, political conflict and the spread of disease. As food security will become
an ever-increasingly complex political and economic problem over the next few
years, it becomes important that climate change adaptation and food security
should be aligned.
The consultation was informed by three interlinked themes that seek to reduce the vulnerability of food producing communities to a
variable and changing climate. These are:
Theme 1: Adaptation to Progressive Climate
Change This theme aims at painting a picture
about the future in regards to climate change
and its effects on agricultural production and
food security.
Theme 2: Adaptation through Managing
Climate Risk - This theme seeks to addresses
current risks associated with climate variability.

Objectives

Map out various initiatives related


to climate change and food
security that member churches are
undertaking,
To exchange information and share
challenges faced in relation to
climate change and food security,
To deliberate and come up with
strategies through which churches
may engage their congregations
for increased food security in the
midst of climate variability,
To network and jointly strategize on
how to engage other stakeholders
(national, regional and global)
for increased food security in the

Theme 3: Pro-poor Climate Change Mitigation


midst of climate variability.
This theme seeks to influence development
strategies in a manner that they are able to
advance food security through fortified rural livelihoods and sound environmental
goals in the face of a changing climate; and will seek to identify and prioritize
institutional and policy options for overcoming obstacles to implementing these
strategies.

Outcome and Impact

Appropriate climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies are beginning to be


mainstreamed into member churches development programs,
Improved database and framework for collaboration on responses to climate change and
food insecurity by member churches,
Member churches are able to apply this new knowledge on how to influence for alternative
policy and program options so as to impact positively on agriculture and food security under
climate change incorporated national development strategies in their respective countries.

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Climate Change and Food Security Consultation Participants

3.4 Pan-African Interfaith Summit


During the period under consideration the AACC jointly with other faith based
organizations such as the Organization of Africa Instituted Churches (OAIC),
Association of Evangelicals in Africa (AEA), Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa
(CAPA), Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM)
and others met multiple times to prepare for the above-mentioned summit. The summit
was held at Kampala, Uganda from
Outcome and Impact
1st to 2nd July 2014. The aim of this
Good ecumenical representation on
summit was to prepare African Faith
issues that have global impact,
Leaders input for the United Nations
Active participation in conjunction
meeting to be held in September later
with member churches and partners,
this year. The summit and its follow up
Increased networking with ecumenical
programme also presented African
partners and basis set for continued
Faith Leaders with the opportunity
cooperation
to engage African governments and
Increased ecumenical advocacy at the
institutions in embracing policies and
international level in Africa
practices that are more conducive to
promoting reconciliation, economic
and social emancipation, and other advancements that promise the upholding of
human dignity and wellbeing of their citizens.

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4.0
FAMILY LIFE AND GENDER JUSTICE

he family life and gender justice department came into existence after the
AACC Jubilee Assembly held in June 2013 in Kampala Uganda to promote
family values and dignity for all, especially the most vulnerable. The overall
objective of the department is to address the specific concerns of families, women,
youth and children, as well as mobilizing churches to care for the harmony and
well-being of various categories of individuals and communities.
The department has the following strategic thrusts:

Women Concerns and Family Values

Youth and Children Concerns

Health and Healing /HIV-AIDS

Inclusion of People Living with Disabilities

At the beginning of the year, we embarked on identifying priorities for the


department for the year 2014 and 2015. The activities carried out during the
period under review were as follows:
4.1 Women Database
At the beginning of the year the department commenced a thorough exercise
of updating of the data base of women leaders engaged in AACCs member
churches and National Christian Councils for networking. This was aimed at coming
up with a database of women leaders that is up to date for networking and
sharing of information. A database has been created and is up to date. This has
provided us with a comprehensive list of the women leaders from our member
churches and National Christian Councils that we will be engaging within our
work for the coming year. We have also used this database to share pertinent
information concerning news on emerging issues from the continent as received
from the AACCs secretariat.
4.2 Fellowship of the Least Coin
Circle of Prayer - The Fellowship of the Least Coin (FLC) is a world-wide ecumenical
movement of prayer for peace, justice and reconciliation. Through this movement
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reminded to live a reconciled and forgiving life with others. For many years FLC
has continually supported the AACC womens work in the continent. Every year
the Fellowship of the Least Coin sends an invitation to the AACC for contribution
of prayers and meditation to be published in its Annual Circle of prayer booklet.
This year we received invitation for 2-3 women from our region, preferably from
different countries, to write meditation articles for the FLC Circle of Prayer Vol.
22. The theme was All Gods Children and two prayers were submitted for
consideration.
4.3 Capacity Building Workshop for Women in East Africa
The department organized a two-day workshop on capacity building for women
from East Africa from 16th to 19th June 2014 in Nairobi Kenya at the Desmond Tutu
Conference Centre. The meeting was attended by 30 participants representing
women from AACC member churches, and National Christian Councils from East
Africa and the Indian Ocean. This meeting was convened as one of the departments
core activity of addressing womens concerns in the continent targeting women and
leadership.

Participants of the capacity building workshop


The objectives of this workshop were to provide a space for learning and sharing
experiences where participants will enhance their capacities and understanding
on issues of women and leadership, be introduced to the women ministry and
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looking at the opportunities and challenges,


Focus Topics
gender inequality and poverty, understand the The Role of Women in
biblical perspectives on gender and how they
Church
and
Society
can use the bible as tool for understanding
Opportunities
and
gender issues in the Church. Participants shared
Challenges
their experiences about the work they do with Biblical perspectives on
gender - The Bible as a tool
other women, networks and how they would go
for
understanding Gender
back home to implement what they learnt. The
issues in the Church
workshop had morning devotions targeted at
Understanding
gender
specific themes on women and leadership.
and gender issues in the
Church, such as gender

4.4 Church Leaders Summit on Millennium


mainstreaming and the
Development Goals
Impact of gender inequality
From 18th June to July 3rd, the Director of
on sustainable development
the department, Rev Prof. Priscille Djomhoue Gender
and
Human
Trafficking
attended the Pan-African Interfaith leaders
summit on post Development Agenda, in Ecumenical Collaboration
Kampala, Uganda. This summit was held 1st2nd July and was preceded by women summit during which she gave a paper on
the theme: Inspiring churches and religions to uphold women and vulnerable peoples
dignity: A way toward African Development.
She also moderated the session on the report of the groups discussion, and
conducted the team which drafted on the Africa womens statement on the Fait
Leaders position paper on post 2015 MDGs.
4.5 Health and Healing /HIV-AIDS
Following an invitation from St Pauls University Rev. Prof. Priscille, joined other
women from churches across Africa who gathered in Kenya at the Jumuia
Conference Centre Limuru, from 19th to 24th June 2014. This was an ecumenical
conference that focused on the achievements, challenges and opportunities of
womens ministry in African churches over the past 30 years, as well as their
responses to the HIV and AIDS pandemic. During the conference, Rev. Prof Priscille
had an opportunity to represent the AACC and talk about the AACCs womens
work.
4.6 Child Safeguarding Policy
The AACC is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children under the
age of 18 to ensure that they develop peacefully and live in a safe environment
enjoying life abundantly. At the beginning of the year time was dedicated to
drafting a child protection policy to be adopted by the AACC for the prevention,
safeguarding and protecting the children from any form of abuse.

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The child safeguarding policy was completed and has been in place since 29th
April 2014, having been finalized and signed in the same month. AACC is
now popularizing the policy to its member churches creating awareness on the
importance of having a child safeguarding policy in place in our churches.

Left-right: Ms. Zipporah Mwaura and Rev. Mantima Thekiso

Outcome and Impact


Creation of a platform focusing on the needs of the family
in general, and specifically Women and Youth, as mandated
by the 10th AACC General Assembly
Increased awareness on the rights of the African child and
the need for child policies in member churches and partner
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5.0
PEACE AND ADVOCACY PROGRAMME

uring the period under review the department focused on critical efforts
in South Sudan, Central African Republic and other areas of high-level
diplomacy and advocacy.

5.1 Office of the Ecumenical Special Envoy for South Sudan and Sudan

The office has been deeply engaged in the South Sudan Crisis since mid-December
2013 when fighting broke out in Juba. The engagement involved visits to Juba,
meetings in Nairobi, and the presence in Addis Ababa to accompany the IGADsponsored peace talks.
5.1.1 Shuttle Diplomacy, Advocacy, and Consultations
During the visits in January 8th to 10th and February 10th to 12th the Ecumenical
Special Envoy held meetings with multiple actors. These included the heads of
member Churches of the South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC), the SSCC
leadership, the ecumenical development partners (both ACT Alliance and members
of Caritas International leadership), Civil Society including women organizations
and academics, ambassadors of various embassies, President Salva Kirr, Vice
President James Wani Igga, and several cabinet ministers.
In May, from 2nd
to 3rd, there
was a high-level
ecumenical
visit
by a delegation
comprising
Dr.
Agnes
Abuom,
Moderator
of
the WCC Central
Committee, Rev. Dr.
South Sudanese Church leaders with H.E. Erastus Mwencha (in the blue tie), the
Olav Fykse Tveit,
Deputy Chairperson of the AU Commission, after a meeting with him at his office
WCC
General
Secretary,
Dr.
John Nduna, General Secretary ACT Alliance, Dr. Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda,
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High level ecumenical engagement with the AU, at the


office of the AU Commission Deputy Chairperson

and Rev. Dr. Samuel Kobia, the Ecumenical Special Envoy for South Sudan and
Sudan.
Meetings were held with the highest level leadership of both the church and
government in S.S including Vice President James Wani Igga. A very informative
session took place with the four ex-Political Prisoners who had been recently
released.
5.1.2 IGAD Peace Talks
In Addis Ababa the presence of the AACC liaison office to the AU, the WCC
Ecumenical Accompanier, and South Sudanese Church representatives have
continued to carry the ecumenical mandate at the IGAD-led Peace Talks and
Negotiations between the Government of South Sudan and SPLM in Opposition
Leader Dr. Riek Machar. Their role was defined by two important consultations
organized by the Ecumenical Envoy; one in Juba in January where the concept of
the ministry of presence at the peace talks was envisaged by Dr. Agnes Abuom, the
Moderator of WCC Central Committee; the second was the Nairobi consultation
held in March where the theme of STOP THE WAR NOW was articulated.
The office of the Ecumenical Special Envoy organized a trip to Addis Ababa
for Archbishop Paulino Lukudu, Archbishop Daniel Deng and Samuel Kobia to
accompany and witness the signing of the Agreement on 9th May. Both the South
Sudanese Government and Riek delegations were pleased to see the presence of
the Church Leaders and the Ecumenical Special Envoy because they believe that
the Church and ecumenical community has a big role to play in bringing peace
to South Sudan.
5.1.3 Additional Consultations and Ecumenical Coordination
Multiple consultations and meetings were convened with Kenyan government
leaders, South Sudanese Diaspora, a number of ambassadors and diplomats
(British, Finnish, German, Australian, Belgian, France, American, and Norwegian),
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Sudanese women, students and scholars based in Kenya.


From March 2nd to 3rd the AACC hosted a consultation on the theme The
Imperative of a Coordinated Ecumenical Response to the South Sudan Crisis came
up with a plan of action for Advocacy, and Healing and Reconciliation Process.
During this consultation a statement and a communiqu with the theme of STOP
THE WAR NOW was articulated. One of the urgent actions to be taken up was
re-engagement with all the stakeholders especially the S.S government leadership,
the SPLM in opposition, SPLM leaders (former detainees), SSCC member Churches,
the diplomatic community and the civil society organizations. The visit to Juba on
2-3 May was made in that context.
5.1.4 The South Sudan Support Group Nairobi (SSSG-N)
The office of the envoy convened the first South Sudan Support Group Nairobi
(SSSG-N) on 15th May. This is an informal platform that brings together for mutual
updating organizations (both governmental and nongovernmental) committed to,
and interested in supporting a peaceful, just, prosperous and democratic South
Sudan. The prevailing Crisis in South Sudan rolled back many of the gains achieved
since independence. Both regional and international community should therefore
concert efforts towards addressing the Crisis to reverse the trend and reset the
young nation on the right track. The SSSG-N is an initiative towards that end.
The second meeting of the SSSG-N
get a brief on the situation in
South Sudan since the signing
of the Agreement to Resolve the
Crisis in South Sudan (Agreement)
between President Salvar Kiir and
Dr. Riek Marchar. The speakers
were two representatives of the
former South Sudan detainees,
Ambassador Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth
and Dr. Cirino Hiteng Ofuho and
a South Sudanese Member of
Parliament Hon. Cornelius Koryom.
The eleven former detainees are
an entity by themselves which is
formally recognized by IGAD as
one of the stakeholders at the
negotiations in Addis Ababa.

The third SSSG-N meeting on
26th June was addressed by
General Lazaro Sumbeiywo,
IGAD Special Envoy and Co-

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Outcome and Impact


Increased awareness of the importance
of ecumenical input in the peace
discussions
Increased visibility of the churches and
councils as co-actors in peace efforts
Synergy in collaborative efforts of
ecumenical organizations responding
to the crisis
Maintenance of dialogue with relevant
actors involved in the conflict directly
and indirectly
Enhanced relationship with member
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Chair of the South Sudan Peace Talks in Addis Ababa. Sharing on the status of the
Addis Ababa Peace Talks, H.E Sumbeiywo gave a brief over-view of the IGAD
Peace Talks from the time it was tasked to bring peace in South Sudan on 27th
December 2013. He highlighted the successes made and also outlined a number
of shortcomings and challenges. So far two Agreements had been signed but the
talks were adjourned indefinitely when the Rebels side decided to temporarily
boycott the sessions. The mediators will use the lull to consult with regional leaders.
Hon Sumbeiywo underlined the pivotal role of the faith-based organization in
peace building in South Sudan.
5.2 The AACC-African Union Liaison Office
The AACC has officially been included in the Peace and Security Council (PSC)
Open Sessions from 2014 due to our partnership with the AU and commitment
towards peace on the continent. The PSC of the AU is a central decision-making
body in the AU, and is believed to be the strongest body in the AU. The Open
Sessions are platforms for civil society and other invited delegates such as
Embassies to address the Council on issues on the continent.
During the 10 year anniversary of the PSC on 25th May 2014, the AACC
congratulated the PSC on its achievements and further addressed the PSC on the
plight of the African migrants and called upon the Council to address this matter
under its mandate to protect and preserve life of Africans. The AACC also urged
the PSC to make use of the great and immense resources of African Interfaith
leadership and Elders of the African communities in areas of Conflict resolution
and management.
As mentioned earlier, the AACC-AU Office has for the past months accompanied
the South Sudan Church leaders delegation in the meetings with the IGAD-led
mediation processes and have had meetings with the IGAD mediators. The AACCAU office has also engaged in other activities listed below.
5.2.1 YWCA: Young Women Engaging with African Union Summit: 21 January,
Addis Ababa
The AACC-AU Office in January was part of the World YWCA meetings during
the AU Summit. The AACC-AU office during the meetings spoke on its work and
involvement with the AU and also share personal experiences on ground for
instance the work of the AACC on Human trafficking and migration. During the
meeting, the YWCA team drafted a document on African Renaissance and the
Future Young Women Want along with recommendations to the African Union. This
meeting served as a continuation of the partnership the AACC-AU office has with
fellow Ecumenical Organisations that meet during the AU Summits on the areas of
lobbying and advocating to the Policy makers.

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5.2.2 AU SUMMIT: 22nd Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly, Agriculture


and Food Security, 21-31 January, Addis Ababa
The AACC had the honour of being invited to attend the AU Summit under the
theme, Agriculture and Food Security. During the Summit, one of the major
agendas adopted was the Common African Position on the Post 2015 Development
Agenda. This Agenda is one of the areas the AACC will be working closely with the
AU in terms of advocacy. The AU Economics Affairs department which handles the
Post 2015 Development Agenda is in talks with the AACC on future programmes
this year on advocacy of the Common Africa Position. These meetings will involve
all stakeholders in this process for the continent.
5.2.3 Open Session Peace and Security Council: Women, Children and other
Vulnerable groups in Armed Conflict: 8 May, Addis Ababa
For the past years, the PSC has held sessions on Women, Children and other
vulnerable groups in Armed Conflict. The AACC-AU office being part of the Open
Session was invited to attend this session on the above topic. During the meeting,
participants shared on the current situation on women and children in armed
conflicts and gave recommendations to the PSC based on their own experiences on
ground. It is clear to note that women and children are always victims of violence
and are affected deeply during conflict. The PSC took stock of the current ongoing
situation of children affected by armed conflict and possibilities of partnership on
the above matter were further discussed among members.
5.2.4 Churches Witnessing with Migrants 5th International Consultation: 1216 May, Stockholm, Sweden
The Churches Witnessing with Migrants held its Fifth International Consultation
held in conjunction and prior to the Seventh Global Forum on Migration and
Development. As a direct follow up to last years 4th Consultation in New York,
the AACC-AU shared its updates on work on migration in Africa and also its
work with on advocacy on Human trafficking and Migration. Participants revisited
the CWWM Advocacy Paper from the previous year and shared reports of its
use and implementation methods by the different groups. Also shared was the
advocacy activities undertaken by churches and migrants organizations with their
governments or with diplomatic missions prior to the consultation.
5.2.5 UN-OCHA-AU: Managing risks of Humanitarian Crises. 12 June, Addis
Ababa
As member of the AU Emergency Preparedness and Response sub-cluster
programme under the Political Affairs Department, the AACC was invited to attend
the launch of the report Saving Lives Today and Tomorrow by African Union and
UN OCHA-AU Liaison Office. The panel presented its main findings of the study
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humanitarians - working closely with Governments and development actors - to


shift towards a model that anticipates crisis, act before they become catastrophes
and prevent their recurrence. The AACC during the discussions spoke on ethics
and morals and how more instruments need to be put in place in terms of receiving
humanitarian aid because in many cases it has been noted that humanitarian aid
does not reach the people in need.
5.2.6 International Evangelical Church (IEC): Seeking Peace through
Reconciliation: 14 June, Addis Ababa
The AACC was invited by the IEC and AU partners to attend the above meeting
on reconciliation. The meeting was designed in a way for participants to get a
deeper meaning of reconciliation as a tool for building peace and restoring broken
relationships. The panel present discussed various case studies of reconciliation
based on South Africa experience, reconciliation in Horn of Africa and the Rwanda
in National Reconciliation. The AACC given its work throughout the 50 years of
reconciliation contributed to the discussions on the concerned topics.
5.2.7 Churches Commission with Migrants in Europe (CCME): General
Assembly 25-29 June, Sigtuna, Sweden
The AACCAU office was invited by CCME to speak at the CCME 19th CCME
General Assembly in June this year. The AACC spoke on a panel on Crossing
Borders- at what price which focused on the current situation of European
boarders, migration trends and the Churches responses. As the AACC is working
with the AU on Migration and human trafficking, it gave a platform on how
the AACC is advocating to the policy makers at the AU on the current issues on
migration and advocating for the protection of migrants. The AACC spoke on its
proposal on lobbying with their Member Churches to governments on the issues of
migration and human trafficking and also focused on the push factors that lead to
migration and of individuals from their home countries. The meeting thus far lead
to a greater partnership between the AACC and CCME especially on our mutual
work on migration and protection of migrants.
5.2.8 Pastoral visit to Sudan and South Sudan: June 16-24, 2014
The AACCAU Ecumenical Envoy on invitation joined the Pastoral visit of German
Evangelical Churches (EKD) to Sudan and South Sudan to visit the Church Councils of
the two Countries. The team comprised of five Germans and the AACC Ecumenical
Envoy. It was lead by the presiding bishop of EKD, Rt. Rev. Nikolaus Schneider. The
objective of the visit was to pay Christian solidarity to the Churches in their difficult
time, especially to the Churches in S. Sudan who are since December 2013 in war
situation as a result of conflict created in the countrys political leadership.
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to organize itself and to observe difficult situation the Churches experience as a


result of the countrys Sharia Law.
5.2.9 Plans for the Formation of the Church Council in Ethiopia
The Liaison office has been mandated by AACC General Secretary to encourage
and help organize a Council of Churches among the member Churches of AACC
and the Ethiopian Catholic Church. The discussion has been going on now for some
times. There is an encouraging step towards the formation of the Council. Both the
Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus and the Catholics are ready and they
are in consultation with the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church.

Outcome and Impact


Increased scope in relations with the AU and its organsin Addis Ababa
Increased partnership in the AUs programs and activities focusing on areas of
mainly peace and some political areas
Increased space for advocacy with the Peace and Security Commission
Increased progress towards formalization of the on-going work with the AU
Panel of the Wise focusing on conflict prevention
Increased partnership with member churches in Ethiopia and South Sudan

5.3 Office of the Ecumenical Special Envoy for West and Central Africa
The regional office situated in Togo, which serves as the base of the Ecumenical
Special Envoy for West and Central Africa, focused its efforts in the first half of the
year on strengthening the relationship between the AACC and various structures
of collaboration, supporting member churches in difficult situations, providing
information and opportunities for training of members, and more. The envoy, Rev.
Dr. Simon Dossou, focused on the following issues that touched on peace building
and conflict resolution:
5.3.1 Engagement in the Central African Republic
During the period under review the envoy, Rev. Dr. Simon Dossou, mainly focused
on efforts in Central African Republic (CAR). A high-level delegation comprising
Rev. Thierry Muhlbach (President of CEVAA - Communaut dglises en mission),
Rev. Dr. Simon Dossou, Pastor Jean-Arnold de Clermont (President of DFAP Protestant Service to missions from France), Mme Claire Bernole (journalist at Sign
of the Times of the Adventist Church in Paris), and Pastor Clestin Kiki (CEVAA
General Secretary) made a joint CEVAA-AACC-DFAP solidarity visit to CAR,
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Members of the delegation visiting the local community

They met with various religious leaders, both Christian and Muslim, as well as
political authorities and other dignitaries. Some of the conclusions drawn from the
information rich visit were eye-opening. The Slka are mostly made up mainly
of Chadian and Sudanese mercenaries and are not an Islamic armed branch
- they looted both Christians and Muslims. The Antibalakas have been used by
politicians and have no support from the Church. The crisis has been brewing for
many years due to neglect of various provinces in the region but only came to a
boil in December of 2013; it is a purely political crisis that is playing up ethnic
and religious tensions, often aided by misinformation and the media. The religious
confessions always lived in harmony until the current crisis.
5.3.2 Peace and Solidarity Visit to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
The problem of doctrinal interpretation of the Kimbanguist Church in DRC has
become very worrying in the ecumenical movement in recent years. Later in
April 2014 from the 26th to 30th, AACC, WCC and OAIC decided to visit this
Church and understand its doctrinal position before deciding whether or not to
exclude them even temporarily from the ecumenical movement. At the end, it was
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Kimbanguist Church. The main goal is to remain in cohesion which will be helpful
for the action of the whole Church in Congo in the sphere of peace and holistic
development of human beings. Early warning to preserve peace will also be more
easily achieved in the coming years. . The second part of the visit included a forum
called Pilgrimage for Justice and Peace, where the results of the AACC general
assembly in Kampala last year were read and discussed with local context and
applications. It was also the opportunity to encounter many personalities of the
country to pave the way towards peaceful elections during the coming year.
5.3.3 Peacekeeping Seminar in Kaduna, Nigeria
The AACC co-organised a Forum for Christian Young People from Kaduna State,
and also a Seminar for Christian and Muslim leaders from the same area of
northern Nigeria. This was held between 16th and 20th June 2014. The main
aim of this meeting was to raise awareness among the religious communities of
the State, and thus more broadly through northern Nigeria, of the need to resist
provocation from extremist groups of wherever they come from.
The subjects addressed in small workshops followed by plenary feedback for
further sharing and discussions were:

Obstacles to peace and peaceful co-existence: focussing on Kaduna

Challenges and perspectives for constructive Christian-Muslim relations

How to deepen Christian-Muslim commitment to peace and to the


development of Kaduna and beyond: reflections and actions

5.4 Migration and Human Trafficking


The World Council of Churches (WCC) and AACC held a joint consultation for

Outcome and Impact


Increased awareness of the importance of ecumenical input in peace
discussions
Increased visibility of the churches and councils as co-actors in peace efforts
Synergy in collaborative efforts of ecumenical organizations responding to the
varied crises
Maintenance of dialogue with relevant actors involved in the conflict directly
and indirectly
Enhanced relationship with member churches and the councils Central and
Western Africa

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Regional Ecumenical Organizations and National Councils of Churches from 2nd to


7th June at the Desmond Tutu Conference Centre in Nairobi, Kenya. The AACC led
the eighth session of the consultation, focusing on Migration and Human Trafficking.
A background was given highlighting the magnitude of human trafficking(the UN
states that across the globe, at any one time 2.4 million people are victims of
human trafficking and 80 percent of them are being exploited as sexual slaves).
The ongoing human trafficking in the Sinai was highlighted, the inhumane treatment
of victims and their families especially, and the corresponding ecmunical mandate
to intervene. The analysis and contextual look into the issue identified many factors
leading to human trafficking, such as:
Poverty and unemployment - a correlation was drawn between the
typical trafficking patterns and the World Bank Country classifications
of economic development indicating that economic necessity is driving
human trafficking.
Social norms that discriminate against and devalue the status women
& girls in society.
Increasing global demand for organ transplants -creating a
conducive environment for an international black market.
Corrupt state officials and inadequately trained law enforcement
officers
Institutional challenges As a transnational problem, issues of Law,
Policy, Enforcement and accurate data are a challenge.
Globalization- easy communication and travels, the internet and the
social media facilitate sex trafficking & its profitability through speed
and frequency of access to a wider clientele.
Civil war and social conflict are push factors for migration and
trafficking.
The multiplicities of effects that result from human trafficking were said to including: Loss of dignity Depression, guilt and self-blame, anger and rage
and extreme stress. Victims loose autonomy or control over their own
lives.
Trauma bond- Victim becomes attached to perpetrator of crime.
Most affects girls and women. It hinders escape and response to
psychological recovery treatment.
Participants reactions ranged from shock at the ignorance of the issue of human
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situation calls for. Participants were


concerned that human trafficking
reduces the human being into a
commodity for trade or exchange
far off from Gods intended dignity.
They observed that two inalienable
rights of humanity Liberty and
freedom- were put at a great risk
by human trafficking.
5.5 The AACC Peace Training
Manual

Outcome and Impact


Church leaders increased their
awareness of the problem of human
trafficking and what can be done to
reverse the trend
Increased efforts for advocacy on the
issue, both at the local level, as well
as international

The first half of 2014 was also


focused on extensive editing of the AACC Peace Training Manual, and we are
on-course to publish it and its key points in the form of a condensed booklet (the
Peace Now Information Pack). Constant feedback from Church Leaders via email,
or in person at consultations, on areas of commonality and overlap is continuously
used in revising these documents. Members, Friends, and Family of the AACC shall
soon be able to access this training tool on the AACC website. The main modules
of the training manual are:
Conflict Causes, Proximate and Drivers in Africa
Current Dynamics and Prospects for Peace and Peaceful Continent
Strategic Conflict Mitigation and Peace Building Systems and Processes
Modules for Peace Building and Conflict Mitigation
o Generating Common Understanding of Peace, Conflict and Conflict
Dynamics
o Conflict Mapping and Pre-Conflict Peace Building Strategies
o Governance, Peace Building and Conflict Mitigation
o Social-Religion and Inter-religious Peace Building Mechanisms
o Post-conflict Peace Building Interventions
Peace Building within the Church (titled Planning for Peace Building in the
African Church in previous reports)
Materials for Further Reading

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6.0
FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION
The basic role of this department is to compliment the work of the General
Secretarys office in ensuring effective use of both human and material resources
of the organization. Specifically, the department plans together with other
departments on issues of budgeting, financing and fundraising efforts. It takes the
lead in accountability of resources and also oversees the strategic business unit.
6.1 Outcome and Impact Orientation Workshop 24th - 26th June, 2014
In June staff from the AACC participated in a workshop on report writing,
monitoring, and evaluation titled Outcome and Impact Orientation. This workshop
was conducted under the auspices of Bread for the World and supported by
CORAT Africa.
The workshop provided collaborative and shared learning of various ecumenical
organisational document writing practices, and was aimed at increasing each
organisations efficiency and ability to accurately monitor and evaluate programs.
6.2 Unaudited Financial Report January-June 2014
This document has been shared with partners and members separately. For a
summarized breakdown, please see Appendix I.

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