Journees Scientiques Du Cered Et De La Fsav De L’universite Loyola Du Congo

drc 22A l’occasion de la célébration du troisième anniversaire de LAUDATO SI, première Encyclique sociale du pape François, le Centre de Recherche et de Communication en Développement durable (CERED) et la Faculté des Sciences Agronomiques et Vétérinaires (FSAV) de l’Université Loyola du Congo (ULC) ont organisé, du 06 au 08 juillet 2018, leurs premières Journées Scientifiques (J.S.) sur le thème : La sauvegarde de l’environnement, notre maison commune.


L’ouverture solennelle de ces Journées Scientifiques a eu lieu dans la grande salle de l’université par un mot de bienvenu du Professeur Ghislain TSHIKENDWA Matadi, SJ, Doyen de la FSAV et coordinateur du CERED. Ce mot d’accueil a été suivi par la lecture du message adressé aux participants par le Révérend Père OROBATOR, SJ, Président de la Conférence des Jésuites d’Afrique et de Madagascar (JESAM).


« Les journées d’étude que vous organisez, écrit le Président du JESAM, se situent dans le prolongement du séminaire organisé par le réseau pour l’apostolat social, le JASCNET, en juin 2017, à Lilongwe, au Malawi. J’espère que vous pourrez bâtir sur les fruits de ce séminaire, et que vos journées d'étude en multiplieront les résultats. En ouvrant les portes de votre faculté, vous permettez à un public plus large de profiter de vos recherches et du travail académique. Ensemble, vous pourrez agir plus efficacement ».

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Governance and Inclusive Politics

cartoon 683The democratisation processes in Africa faces many political and security obstacles and tensions. Therefore, finding the right governance structures to support the process of democratisation and the changing societal dynamics is very crucial. Despite major steps forward in this respect, the African continent still confronts frequent social uprisings and electoral violence. The Jesuit Social Justice Ministry through JASCNET uses its expertise and conducts advocacy work urging governments and relevant bodies like the AU and the EU to enhance its policies in promoting good governance and the respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Furthermore, the foundation of our work is our belief that poor and marginalised people can gain control over their own lives by exercising their right to political participation, freedom of expression and information, freedom of assembly and access to justice. But these rights are at risk in many parts of Africa and the first to face the brunt of human rights deprivation are the women, youth, and other vulnerable groups. While the application of this goal will vary from place to place, JASCNET's work for social justice will particularly focus on supporting women and youth because deep-rooted inequalities of societal power are often gender- and generation- based.

Rethinking African Development, Innovation and Youth Empowerment

fcc4799410114908cbdec2af8c8be4f3Africa is a land of paradox normally termed the paradox of plenty. While the continent has very substantial reserves of arable land, water, hydropower and mineral wealth, most countries in Africa rank among the poorest in the world and African economies are plagued with high unemployment and poverty rate. At reflection, such a situation is understandable once one realises that in the current knowledge economy what matters is no longer raw material but knowledge that creates value.

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Domestic Resource Mobilisation

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If African countries collected more taxes, used the money better, prioritised public services in health, education and agriculture - and ended corruption in the public sector - it would benefit all Africans, especially the poor communities. Collecting domestic revenues is essential, if governments are to provide critical services such as water, energy, education, and other basic infrastructure. In raising the needed revenue for development, taxation also enhances the capacities of governments to deliver the needed services to its citizens and therefore enhances government capacity to govern and to elicit trust from its citizens.

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Food Security and Climate change

1 0mGao WvWPtqpAO6hBG6nQClimate change is an issue of justice and protection of life. Climate change impacts disproportionally the marginalised communities and people in Africa. JASCNET proposes Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si' as a helpful framework to understand and act on issues of climate justice.

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