Democratic Republic of Congo: Workshop on advocacy in Africa

Advocacy, relying as it does on convincing the other party, is a non-confrontational approach in bringing about social change. To stimulate discussion regarding the benefits and challenges of doing advocacy in Africa, a workshop was held at the Manresa Retreat Centre in Kimwenza from 8 to 12 July. The 24 participants represented Jesuit social centres of the African Assistancy, the African and international social apostolate, the African Jesuit Aids Network (AJAN), Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and their international partners: the Office for Social and International Ministries at the US Jesuit Conference, Spanish Jesuit NGO Entreculturas and the Jesuit European Office (OCIPE) in Brussels.