The second issue of the African Journal of Social Transformation (AJST) appears after a hiatus of six months, a little longer than expected. The editorial board wishes to publish the journal thrice a year, however the choice and editing of articles took longer than expected. It will be our duty to learn from our experience and continue offering a service to African scholarship for social transformation. In this issue, Professor Robert White analyses processes of social transformation that African people have promoted since independence fostering the realization of human rights, human creativity and the realization of human aspirations. Professor White has a long experience in the field both in Latin America and Africa. He is now among the faculty of the PhD programme in Social Transformation at Tangaza University College (TUC). Stefano Giudici is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Social Ministry in Mission, Tangaza University College. The paper he presents is part of his preparation to writing his dissertation and deals with the concept of social transformation, focusing on the author’s ministerial experience, the African context, and the possible future applications in the area of pastoral ministry in the church. Mr. Giudici is particularly interested in the question of transformation in the line of decolonisation, or better, in a process of decoloniality, a vision shared by a growing number of scholars in the South of the world. The author wishes for the new decolonial perspective to be applied to the church’s theology and praxis for social transformation. Henrik Tucholski is a young scholar who has been investigating the needs of encamped refugees, with special attention to their religious world-view. In his article, Tucholski analyses the theory and praxis of humanitarian assistance and its implementation to be truly humanitarian and impartial. The paper explores the perceptions of African refugees concerning the international aid provided by humanitarian agencies in Kakuma Refugee Camp, in northern Kenya. The findings suggest that a purely pragmatic approach to humanitarian assistance hampers positive social transformation of encamped refugees. This calls upon the international agents to adopt a broader and more flexible interpretation of humanitarian assistance conventions and their application to externally displaced people. He is currently vice director of the Institute of Youth Studies at TUC. The last paper focuses on the possible collaboration between politicians and religious leaders for a real programme of social transformation in Kenya today. Religious leaders have always interacted with the political world in Kenya. The author argues that today, in a more democratic atmosphere, politicians feels exploited by religious leaders. On the one side, religious leaders seem to abuse political ties for their personal benefit; on the other side, politicians would like religious leaders to engage them positively, supporting their work with clear religious and ethical considerations. Politicians also wish to be involved in the life of their faith communities because of their expertise and good will, beyond political and financial considerations. Fr. Caramazza is the DVC designate at TUC. AJST hopes that these articles may sparkle the interest of those involved in social transformation in Africa today. The editorial board also wishes to invite future contributors to send in their articles – please see the guidelines in the home page of the journal – for review and publication. We hope that in offering a platform where to share one’s research, we will help academic institutions and interested parties to deepen their understanding of social transformation in Africa, thus contributing to the change our continent needs to fruitfully move forward.
Fr Joseph Caramazza