International: JRS publishes Strategic Framework 2012-2015
25 January 2012

Jesuit Refugee Service Strategic Framework 2012–2015
Serving refugees forced to live on the edges of humanity, we will work with compassion and love, which enable us to engage with people of all races, cultures and religions in an open and respectful way, said JRS International Director, Peter Balleis SJ.
Rome, 25 January 2012 – After extensive consultation throughout last year, today the Jesuit Refugee Service published its Strategic Framework for 2012-2015, outlining broad goals, values, strategies and expected outcomes for the next four years. The 24-page booklet seeks to provide an inspirational framework and set overarching strategies for all ten JRS regions to meet the challenges of working with refugees on the edges of humanity.

"Serving refugees forced to live on the edges of humanity, we will work with compassion and love, which enable us to engage with people of all races, cultures and religions in an open and respectful way", said JRS International Director, Peter Balleis SJ.

Reaffirming the mission of JRS to accompany, serve and advocate for refugees, the document clearly sets down the values driving the organisation: compassion, hope, dignity, solidarity, hospitality, justice and participation.

"The JRS mission is built on our faith in God who is present in human history, even in its most tragic moments. We are inspired by this faith and by core values that inform all the work we do…. Although practical in its nature, our service will be equally spiritual, promoting hope and reconciliation. We believe that education, learning together, and sharing knowledge are vital ingredients to nourish hope in people", added Fr Balleis.

Concrete goals and strategies

The goals adapt core issues underpinning JRS work since its establishment and make them relevant to the challenges of today: compassion on the edge of humanity, faith and justice, hope and education, and unity in action.
  • Compassion for humanity on the edge: JRS pledges to be more flexible and focused in responding to new emerging situations of forced displacement. Strategies will focus on addressing the needs of urban refugees and persons vulnerable to trafficking.
  • Rooted in faith, acting in justice: Inspired by faith and the values of inclusiveness and solidarity, JRS will seek to address the causes of structural inequality. JRS strategies focus on strengthening the role of advocacy, both at grassroots and global levels, and promoting intercultural, ecumenical and inter-faith dialogue.
  • Kindling hope through learning: Based on the belief in the dignity and interdependence of the human family, JRS will empower uprooted people through learning, fostering a future filled with hope. Strategies focus on assisting the most vulnerable in education, emphasising girls' education and teacher training. In addition, actions will also seek to promote access of refugees to third level education and educational excellence through the distribution of best practices throughout the organisation and beyond.
  • A stronger, more united JRS: Firmly rooted in the values of subsidiarity and participation, JRS will develop and apply coherent standards in governance and management, so that the organisation works with and for forcibly displaced persons, in international unity, with transparency and accountability.
In the forward to the document the father superior of the Society of Jesus, Adolfo Nicolás SJ, described the Strategic Framework as a creative, inspiring and challenging document that will demand hard work and considerable risk.

"It is a great joy to see that this framework has been formulated so clearly and yet so humbly, so imbued with our Christian commitment and Ignatian vision. In this strategic framework we see faith, justice and collaboration joined once again in a single unified vision", he wrote.

A copy of the full text of the JRS Strategic Framework can be found on here




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