The Centre's mission is to foster a critical
reflection on issues of social concern based on faith
and to generate informed action.
An integral part of this mission is
to conduct action-oriented research so that especially
the faith communities, but also the wider public, may
come to better-informed action for the transformation
In its research efforts the CfSC tries
to involve those who experience the problems being researched.
It strives to make use of the victims as data collectors
and to give feedback of the results to the affected communities
and make them subjects of their lives and involve them
in action for transformation. In so doing the CfSC is
like a voice for the voiceless but also hopes to enable
them to find their own voice. Its main channels for dissemination
of results, advocacy and lobbying are the Catholic Commissions
for Justice and Peace, the Africa Europe Faith and Justice
Network, the faith communities and sectoral networks.
The CfSC mainstreams gender, HIV and
Aids and a concern for the environment in its research
and subsequent action. It realizes that in the context
of Malawi there is a great need for a rights based approach.