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New advocacy network launched

jcfj_01A new initiative for international Jesuit collaboration on advocacy has emerged in the form of the Ignatian Advocacy Network. Its proposed working groups include Peace and Human Rights, Governance of Natural Resources, and Development. Meanwhile, it has been decided to draw the International Jesuit Network for Development (IJND) to a close. The IJND acted as an umbrella group for Ignatian social justice centres. It grew out of the work of Jesuits for Debt Relief and Development (JDRAD), which was coordinated for some years by the Centre for Faith and Justice in Dublin. One of its publications during this time was The Development of Peoples (2007), to mark the 40th anniversary of Populorum Progressio.