RELATIONSHIP WITH ICMICA INTERNATIONAL
What do you consider to be the added value for the national movements belonging to ICMICA Pax Romana (give examples)?
- Added value in terms of number of members and in terms of member skills
- A new dynamism, a new vision.
- International openness and create work synergy
- Cross-border interaction and belonging to a global family
- Opportunities for leadership, professional growth and career
- Communication and information to broaden global perspectives
- Representation in international forums
- Connection to a historical institution
- It is the power of networking. A local wisdom says: “A single finger does not wash a face”.
- After the Covid, it is very difficult to assess the added values: almost no physical exchange possible. But the feeling of belonging to a big family is always tangible.
- Global influence with the feeling of belonging and international sharing on subjects of common interest.
- Guidance on the direction of how the movement works, capacity building for members across the continent, e.g the various trainings being organized for members participation and benefit.
- So far, there is no any collaboration with any group as the movement is known to a handful people.
- sense of belonging: the feeling that we belong to a universal movement gives us that impetus and confidence in propagation of gospel
- Use of our unique advantage in being catholic and professional
- Move the church into the 21st century
- Organize various Professionals Together
- Parish/Diocesan/ Intercultural Exchanges
- As sole event organizer of all awards under the auspices the Bishops/ Conferences
- Strengthening family hood among members countries where they become one family under the Church, doing their apostolate with same spirit in different ways.
- It is a place to practice solidarity and Christian love as professionals.
And for the members?
MIIC CI: Same
MCCG: Personal and Spiritual Enrichment.
MIIC BU: Exchange of experiences, information and training
MIIC DRC: This is a niche for the Catholic intellectual to pursue his commitment and to add a dose of faith to his professionalism.
MCCP Mada: Members are very motivated to participate in organizations: meetings and online training.
MIIC TG: It is through the members that this feeling is experienced
ZACP: Collaboration and opportunities to evangelize among our kin
ICMICA GH: Connecting members to opportunities in the fields of work, scholarships
CPT: To get more exposure that creates a room of learning more from other professionals.
How can we strengthen joint international action?
- By regularly organizing virtual sessions, and developing common sub-regional projects
- This can be done by organizing joint events and sharing experiences.
- Through a synergy of activities by developing a common strategic plan
- By creating a permanent consultation framework; a common strategic plan; mobilization of the necessary resources
- Create a strong regional hub and strengthen the ICMICA Africa Foundation Trust.
- Open more internship opportunities
- Establish a functional relationship with international agencies working on the continent
- Liaise with regional episcopal structures including AMECEA, IMBISA etc.
- Maintain communication with national movements;
- Direct certain activities according to specific regions;
- Initiate activities to be carried out by the national movements of neighboring countries.
- The creation of online meetings should be encouraged.
- Create international projects for self-financing, but also for the education and training of young people and members
- Promote physical visits by national teams, or presence at key events (which requires a solid budget)
- Designing projects for physical international but especially regional meetings and planning virtual sessions on a regular basis.
- The first is the possibility of opening up or exposing oneself, on the one hand, to situations experienced by members of the MIIC in other countries; other continents. These situations are those of poverty; human rights; social justice; the environment and its impact on the daily lives of populations; job insecurity; of citizenship and on the other hand; to share with these members of the MIIC our own realities . All this can question us about our methods and our ways of doing things by enriching them through contact with others.
- Participate in or initiate joint campaigns on respect for human rights; on issues of environmental preservation, the fight against poverty and social injustice in conjunction with other movements.
- Participate in joint training on international realities and challenges
- Strengthening joint activities also means showing solidarity with the life of regional and international teams by giving them the means of action, in particular by paying annual dues.
- It also means providing regional and international teams with competent, dynamic members who are motivated to conduct the activities of the movement and above all to support them financially.
ICMICA NG :
- Projects should be requested of every national movement in turns, and funding provided by the international movement in percentage. This will accelerate the visible impact of ICMICA in every region.
- Formation of Secretariat, having exchange visits/ retreats/ meetings and participation in meetings which affect the church at different levels eg AU, SADC etc so that our voices are heard.
- Embarking on fundraising, soliciting financial support from funding agencies to organize effective programmes geared towards human development, organize joint study sessions, work camps, inter-regional co-operations symposia.
- By establishing specific clusters of professionals whom will later start joint programmes from National Level to International level.
What changes are necessary according to the new global situation?
- Pax Romana must rethink its strategy by positioning itself as a reference secular movement, and this requires an overhaul of our governance. This governance must be centered on the development of development projects. This will give work to our members and will retain them.
- Reflection not conducted yet.
- We need a paradigm shift, develop a strategy adapted to the current situation
- Establish a serious publication of the region
- Establish a serious presence in the AU and in the UN bodies present on the continent
- Initiate long-term programs with the support of entrepreneurs and philanthropists in Africa
- Adaptation to information and communication technologies;
- Continuation of initiatives such as online training, if possible, even some qualifying or diploma training in various fields for members who can.
- Pax Romana must act as a driving force
- We must gradually move towards self-financing, given the fragility of our cash flow
- We must adopt a strategy to encourage young people to join the ranks of the movement
- Pax Romana must have a strategic positioning through its members who are in international organizations for a better influence as a network of intellectuals and professionals in the world. There is therefore a need to review the governance of the international MIIC
- Covid-19 has come to stay, therefore let the movement resume all activities of engaging in physical meetings observing strictly Covid-19 guidelines according to WHO.
- Physical meetings are always worth the while and more reassuring of everyone’s active commitment and participation.
- Flexibility in the way the church does things. The synodal movement is one huge example of moving with times.
- Building bold dialogue of matters of interest to end conflicts through faith based
- Strategies for mutual benefit.
- Get support to organize physical meeting as mentioned by ICMICA International President at the closing 100 years anniversary ceremony of Pax Romana.
- Placing a new synergy of activism in our modus operandi
- Encourage the use of ICT
- Our focus should be on the Agenda that answers the global need.