Welcome To AACC-CETA

We are the largest association of Protestant, Orthodox and Indigenous churches in Africa.

Membership

The AACC fellowship accounts for over 120 million Christians across the continent.

Programmes

Our programmes are diverse equiping members in Good Governance and Democratic Transitions, Migration and Human Trafficking, Interfaith Dialogue among others.

STAKEHOLDERS CONSULTATIVE WORKSHOP ON THE SDGS 

A one-day Stakeholders’ Consultative Workshop on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), organized by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) in collaboration with Marie–Schelei Association, was held in Nairobi, Kenya, on 15th March 2017.  The All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) was represented by Ms. Zipporah Mwaura, Executive Secretary, Youth and Children and Ms. Syovata Kilonzo, from the Ecumenical Disability Advocates’ Network (EDAN).

The workshop brought together stakeholders drawn from Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), development partners and relevant government ministries, e.g. the Ministry of Devolution and Planning, Kenya, the SDGs Kenya Forum, the SDGs African Platform, among others. 

The SDGs were adopted in September 2015 by world leaders, whereby 17 goals were created, each with a specific target to be achieved within the next 15 years, by the year 2030, as the next set of goals following the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs). The aim of the workshop was to address systematic challenges across economic, social and ecological dimensions of sustainable development. In this workshop, the participants were reminded that, for successful implementation of the SDGs, integration and mainstreaming of the goals into institutions’ practices and programs is key, and it does not only require a high-level approach, but also an approach at organization, grassroots, regional, national and global levels, to ensure that no one is left behind.  

The workshop main objectives were: 

  • i.Share knowledge and expertise to deepen the participants’ understanding of the SDGs and identify gaps in their implementation;
  • ii.Provide insights/recommendations to stakeholders that can inform the implementation of the SDGs; 
  • iii.Share and exchange the North-South perspectives on the challenges of coherent economic, social and ecological sustainable development. 

The participants resolved to:

  • i.Employ transparency and coherence for fruitful implementation of SDGs and address challenges across economic, social and ecological dimensions; 
  • ii.Promote an open engagement with all stakeholders, as well as sharing of information to implement the Agenda 2030;
  • iii.Maintain dialogue between partners and form a regional interactive partnership network of development to implement the SDGs, which need to be understood well by all, both at high level and grassroots level;
  • iv.Explore opportunities of engagement with the SDGs, as an organization’s sign of commitment to address the challenges affecting the developing countries determined to make the world a better place. 

The AACC has engaged with the African Union (AU) Agenda 2063 and has been involved in the development of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), working closely with the Africa Interfaith Leaders’ Initiative on Post 2015.  She has also walked closely with women and youth leaders from her member churches, creating a platform and a chance for young men and women to come together, discuss and exchange ideas on issues that are positively and negatively influencing their lives in different areas. She has started awareness creation on the SDGs and Agenda 2063 and also tackled a number of the goals already:

  • Goal No 5, when some staff participated in the recently held 9th African Union Gender Pre-Summit on Gender Justice and committed to spread the recommendations thereof with member churches; 
  • Goal No 8, when she empowered women, young women and men in entrepreneurship and skills building; 
  • Goal no 16, when she has held workshops on trauma healing, Gender Based Violence, Religious Extremism and Radicalization, among others.

Way forward

The AACC planned to work on a teaching material giving biblical basis under the caption “Faith in Action” for each of the Goals, in order to anchor the SDGs from the perspective of the Church. 

Courtesy of Friedrich-Ebert-Stifung
Courtesy of Friedrich-Ebert-Stifung

 

INTERFAITH DIALOGUE ON VIOLENT EXTREMISM (IDOVE) YOUTH FORUM

The first Interfaith Dialogue on Violent Extremism (IDOVE) Youth Forum was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from February 21 to 23, 2017. The forum was organized by the African Union Commission (AUC) in partnership with Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) and the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC). 

The participants were drawn from Africa (Algeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria,  Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe) and Europe (Austria, Britain, France, Germany, Ireland, Sweden and United Kingdom). There was a total of 40 youth from over 32 countries in Africa and Europe who have demonstrated leadership in the field of Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) in their respective societies.

The Youth Forum is part of a bigger project called “the Trans-continental Dialogue Programme on Preventing Violent Extremism through the Soft Power of Religion” aimed at creating a transcontinental platform that will bring together stakeholders from Africa and Europe to deliberate and come up with contemporary recommendations and activities on how to counter violent extremism. 

The rationale behind this initiative was to establish a counter movement which emphasizes:

  • •Peaceful and educational messages, touching upon contentious religious matters; 
  • •The root causes emanating from different countries, regions or continents, i.e. on development and socio-political issues. 

The objectives of the Forum were as below:

  1. 1.To develop strategic directions for the iDove project based on principles and methods of interfaith dialogue on preventing violent extremism and de-radicalization.
  2. 2.To develop suitable concepts and applications for the iDove website which will be launched at the Forum.
  3. 3.To develop concepts and mechanisms to support small-scale youth-run projects to be implemented in Africa and Europe within the project objectives.
  4. 4.To design plans for a monitoring and evaluation system to monitor the implementation of those small-scale projects and for follow up meetings annually.

The outcomes are:

  1. 1.Launch of the iDove website where participants can showcase their programs, activities, share articles, pictures and videos on their work in Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE).
  2. 2.Building of an intercontinental network known as iDove Network.
  3. 3.Networking through social media channels i.e. WhatsApp group (iDovers) Facebook (https://m.facebook.com/iDove00) and Twitter(@idove)
  4. 4.Empowerment of Youth through the development of a framework for the iDove small scale initiatives i.e. communication and virtual Initiatives and innovative community based initiatives.
  5. 5.Launch of youth run projects and training of respective stakeholders.

Valletta, 9 February 2017 - Fifteen months after the launch of the Joint Valletta Action Plan (link is external), European and African civil society organizations attended the Senior Official Meeting (link is external) that took place on 8-9 February in Malta.
This invitation demonstrated awareness by all African and European delegations about the necessity to have an inclusive process in order to seek dignified and realistic solutions for the victims of irregular migration. What is needed now is to initiate a true working relationship where the hardships endured by migrants are channeled through civil society organizations and taken into account in policy discussions.

Contact

All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC-CETA)

General Secretariat: Waiyaki Way.
P.O. Box 14205-00800 Westlands,
Nairobi, Kenya.

Tel: +254 20 4441483, 4441338/9
Fax: +254 20 4443241, 4445835
Email: secretariat@aacc-ceta.org

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