The Catholic Archdiocese of Accra (CAA) covers a very diverse and broad spectrum of society. Home to the national capital Accra, the Archdiocese faces all the problems of a rapidly spreading urban conurbation whilst also incorporating the issues faced by some of the very basic rural communities which also fall under it. It is the destination for most of the aspirational migration that occurs in Ghana today. As a result, the CAA must deal with myriad and complex problems which require it to generate creative solutions and implement them in a highly effective manner. The efforts to contribute in a meaningful way to addressing its challenges have placed a lot of pressure on the resources of the CAA. At its genesis and in its first 60 years, many generous catholic and non-catholic benefactors donated resources and assets to the CAA in support of its mission. It could also depend on a reliable stream of funds from Rome and other supporters of missionary work in the West. Needless to say, this flow of endowments has progressively shrunk whilst the social dynamics of the CAA have undergone rapid change and expansion, placing further pressure on its resource base Over the years the CAA has endeavored to organize itself and to harness its resources to stay ahead of the needs of the catholic community and the wider society in order to remain relevant and useful. Despite numerous challenges, the CAA remains resolute in its efforts to make the gospel of Christ real and meaningful to people in its coverage area.
The current leadership, headed by His Grace Charles Palmer-Buckle has invested heavily in developing plans and strategies to ensure that the CAA continues to grow in its reach and become more effective at staying relevant to all strata of society.
At this point in time, the CAA’s most valuable asset is the significant pool of intellectual and professional capital that is available to it. Across the length and breadth of industry, commerce, government, academia, security services, education , health care and every possible dimension of the economy, there are Catholic achievers who have attained the pinnacle of their fields of endeavor. Whilst these make significant contributions to their local parish community, they have so far not been mobilized and harnessed into a coherent and potent force in support of the development and progress of the CAA.
Under the leadership of His Grace Archbishop Gabriel Charles Palmer-Buckle, the CAA has identified that this valuable resource needs to be activated and converted into a source of ideas, solutions, knowledge and resources to ensure that the CAA becomes the potent agent for spiritual development and social improvement that it needs to be.
The IDEA is to organize Catholic leaders and achievers in the CAA from all spheres of life into a structured and highly effective forum. This entity, The ACCRA CATHOLIC LEADERSHIP ROUNDTABLE (ACLR) will bring together laity, religious, and clergy to provide critically needed skills, talents, networks/access, knowledge, expertise, experience and material resources in support of the CAA’s mission. The ACLR will seek to significantly contribute to creating a framework for excellence and best practices in the management, finances and human capital of the CAA. In close collaboration with the CAA’s hierarchy, its long-term objective will be to accelerate the transformation of the CAA into a potent force for evangelization, social progress and national development. This it will achieve by bringing together committed and passionate leaders from the worlds of business, finance, academia, media, government and other spheres to partner and support the Church in service to Catholics in the parishes of the CAA, to residents within its area of coverage and to Ghana at large.
The ACLR will primarily interface with the Catholic Development Foundation (CDF) which has His Grace as its Chairman and the CAA Administration. Amongst others, it would be able to provide the following:
Contribute Financial resources
Provide advisory services in the areas of management, finance (capital optimization – asset/liability structuring) and human resource
Informal access to decision makers
Inform and influence societal opinion on issues of ethics, morals and church teaching
Develop replicable models of excellence in church, parish and archdiocesan administration
Input to transforming catholic schools and medical facilities into centers of excellence