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What We Do

Our projects

Thematic Areas

We are involved in different aspects of human development, which are categorized under five thematic areas of focus namely:

  • Research and Animation

  • Social Welfare

  • Peace Building and Conflict Transformation

  • Good Governance and Human Rights

  • Rural/Urban and Water Development

The Department is responsible for establishing JDPC Committees at Parish and Deanery levels. Using these Committees as entry points, the Department researches into the problems faced by local communities; embarks on needs assessment and subsequently build the capacity of community members for collaboration and solidarity in the light of the social teaching of the Catholic Church, for an intervention strategy. The Correctional Centre Apostolate works in collaboration with Catholic Lawyers to handle the spiritual needs and legal concerns of inmates.

This Department is responsible for development programmes in both rural and urban areas to complement Government’s effort in meeting the needs in communities. Its main activities include: Sustainable Agriculture, Water and Sanitation and Climate Change.

The department networks with eleven (11) Organizations balanced by faith and gender, and works in the seventeen (17) Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Plateau State, with the goal of building and promoting sustainable peace resulting in the reduction of emergencies/crisis in the State. It has 255 volunteers known as Local Emergency Preparedness and Response Team (LEPRT) who are saddled with the responsibility of identifying conflict/disaster early warning signs and reporting, need and risk assessment, advocacy and synergy, community mobilization, monitoring, registration of IDPs and Camp management among others.

The goal of this department is to empower women on the Plateau to fully participate in the economic, political and cultural development of their communities. The Programme aims to encourage women and men to learn about and gain critical understanding of laws and rights, to acquire skills to put them into practice and to become empowered enough to initiate a movement for social change against violations. The Department is currently involved in small scale loan schemes in Communities

The Department carries out programmes aimed at promoting accountability, justice, equity and fairness. To accomplish the above, the department is divided into three sections; Human Rights (Legal Aid Clinic), Good Governance, Election observation and Civic Education.

The goal of the department is to promote durable and sustainable peace and stability in Plateau State, through inter-faith collaboration and strategic non-violent options. It is engaged in Dialogue and Mediation as well as Peace Building processes with Herders/Farmers, Traditional and Religious Leaders and other Community Stakeholders.

We are a team that:

  • Demonstrates integrity, respect, leadership and excellence.
  • Believes in the sanctity and dignity of the human person
  • Is full of energy, enthusiasm, and the courage to make a difference
  • Demonstrates accountability and transparency
  • Builds relationships based on doing the right thing.
  • Committed to promoting equal rights and opportunities
  • Committed to care for the environment
  • Committed to advocating and promoting inclusiveness
  • Committed to teamwork/solidarity
  • Demonstrates interfaith relations
  • Advocates for the poor, vulnerable and marginalized
  • Committed to promoting food security
  • To be the Policy-making body for the Archdiocese in the area of social development.
  • To create awareness of the meaning and application of Catholic Social Teaching among people in the Archdiocese.
  • To coordinate all programmes relating to Human Rights/Good Governance, Social Welfare, Rural, Urban and Water Development and Animation for integral human development.
  • To recommend programmes, projects and proposals to the Ordinary for funding.
  • To promote the dignity of God’s creation.
  • To organise the annual Lenten Campaign.
  • To set up Committees to pursue the objectives of the JDPC.
  • To approve the budgets and plans-of-action of its component committees.
  • To organize the annual “JDPC DAY” and “JDPC WEEK” with specific goals.
  • To speak out on behalf of the Archdiocese, with the approval of the Ordinary, on issues of Social Justice.
  • To ensure that monitoring and evaluation of the work of its Committees are carried out at regular intervals.
  • To promote good communication, understanding and collaboration between the JDPC and all other Commissions of the Archdiocese.
  • To liaise with the National JDPC Secretariat, Jos Province and other Dioceses on social development issues, on behalf of the Archdiocese of Jos.
  • To employ personnel where necessary and feasible, to carry out programmes and approve salaries and conditions-of-service of all employees thus engaged.
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