KEN Organises 3rd Edition Of African Church Assets Programme (ACAP III)

KEN Organises 3rd Edition Of African Church Assets Programme (ACAP III)

The African Church Assets Programme (ACAP) is an annual national programme organized by – Geneva, in collaboration with ‘Bread for the World’ and the All African Conference of Churches. ACAP is a programme for mainly African church leaders to help them adopt practices that would enhance church governance and growth. The programme was initiated in the year 2016 and had its first national workshop in West Africa, Ghana after successful seminars in Zimbabwe and Kenya in 2017 and 2018.

In partnership with Kingdom Equip Network, the third edition of the African Church Assets Programme (ACAP III) took place at the Trinity Theological Seminary, Accra on the 13th and 14th November, 2019 under the theme ‘Strengthening African Church Asset Management through Ethical Investments’.

Resource persons were twenty-three (23) in number including the Executive Director of – Prof. Obiora Ike, a Senior Associate of – Nadia Balgobin, the Academic Dean for – Dr. Amele Ekue, the director for Africa Desk of ‘Bread for the World’- Monica Redecker. Also included were the Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Accra, the Chairman of the Christian Council of Ghana, the Deputy Commissioner of the Ghana Revenue Authority, the Chief Executive Officer of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Ghana and notable persons from government agencies and development partners such as the Lands Commission, Water Resources Commission, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), among others.

There were 73 participants from Churches, Umbrella church and Para-church organisations, Academic institutions, Civil Society Organisations and Investment firms.

The following topics were presented at the workshop:

  1. “Civil Society and Ethical Investments – Challenges for CRO for Political Responsibility”, Monica Redecker, Director for Africa Desk, Bröt für die Welt, Germany
  2. The Stewardship role of Church Leaders in Asset Management and Investment”, Prof. Dr Obiora Ike, Executive Director
  3. The integration of Ethics in religious Institutions and compliance”, Nadia Balgobin, Senior Associate, Globethics.
  4. The Legal requirements for Taxation applicable for Church Related Organisations in Ghana”, Rev Joseph Oduro Yeboah, Ghana Revenue Authority
  5. Mitigating the Risks in the Land Properties, how to protect Church Assets?” Raphael Hokey, Lands Commission
  6. Churches as primary targets of land fraud in Ghana”, ASP Wisdom Adabla, Land Fraud Unit, Ghana Police Service
  7. “The benefits of Insurance Coverage of assets for Church Related Organisations”, Rita Apau, National Insurance Commission
  8. The State of Church Organisations” work in advancing Social Issues in Ghana” Eugenia Awuah-Adjapong, National Development Planning Commission
  9. The role of Church Leaders in accelerating the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 for Ghana” Sylvia Senu, UNDP
  10. The Sustainability Principles in Procurement in Ghana – how does it apply for CROs”, Carl Lokko, Public Procurement Authority
  11. Local vs international standards – what it means for CROs” Dr. Kofi Amponsah-Bediako, Ghana Standards Authority
  12. Legal Documentation for Christian Religious Organisations”, Oladele Kwaku Aribike, Registrar General’s Department
  13. The application of the legislative instruments for businesses in the Energy Sector “, Kofi Agyarko, Energy Commission
  14. Labour Laws & working conditions in Ghana, can CROs do more?” Dr. (Mrs.) Welbeck, National Labour Commission
  15. Waste to Energy Management”, John Idan, Biogas Association of Ghana
  16. Promoting Women Empowerment, Renewable Energy and Entrepreneurship in Africa”, Christiana Benedetti Fasil, Social Aventure Africa
  17. Sustainability of Water Resources in Ghana- The Role of CROs”, Adwoa Paintsil, Director, Water Resources Commission
  18. Transforming the built environment towards Sustainability”, Foster Osae-Okonnor, Ghana Green Building Council
  19. Ethical investments from a biblical, theological and religious perspective”, Amele Ekue, Director,
  20. The Church in the Market Place – The Case of Donewell Insurance Co. Ltd”, Prof. Ato Essuman, Methodist University College
  21. Regulatory Pitfalls in Ethical Investment in Ghana”, Rev. Dr. Daniel Ogbarmey Tetteh, CEO of Securities & Exchange Commission of Ghana
  22. Ethical Investment Opportunities in Ghana“, Mr. Clarkson Acheampong, CEO of Securities Discount Company Ltd.”