Our Mission is:
To promote spirituality, strengthen family structures and develop human and social capital via the provision of support to the most vulnerable segments of society, reduction of inequality and gender discrimination and improved access to opportunities.
Our Vision is:
To function as a catalyst for the improved spiritual, social and economic well-being of the populace and to facilitate the transition to a more just society.
Our structure consists of four (4) Divisions and one (1) program. The Permanent Secretary is the Accounting Officer and advises the Honourable Minister for Ecclesiastical Affairs, Family and Gender Relations, who is responsible for direction on policy matters. The Permanent Secretary also supervises Heads of Division who co-ordinate, manage and work with a team of technical, clerical and other ancillary staff.
The work force of the Ministry, excluding Village Council Clerks and Sanitary Labourers, comprises 67 established and 94 Non-Established staff or a total of one hundred and sixty-one (161) people.
A Brief Summary of the Ministry's Functions:
The Ministry of Ecclesiastical Affairs, Family and Gender Relations has responsibility for the Local Government authorities, Gender affairs, Community development, Cooperatives, Adult Education and CDB financing through BNTF projects. Functions vary and include provision of services for dysfunctional families, adult education, community entrepreneurship and empowerment, gender equity and equality, involvement in cooperative and economic activities with non-financial cooperatives, civil society and other non-state actors. More specifically, the Ministry continues to advocate for stable family structures, local governance and progressive communities in a society that upholds gender equality and respect, and to facilitate livelihood skills development.
The Ministry was formally known as Ministry of Social Services, Family and Gender Affairs recently changed to reflect Ministry of Ecclesiastical Affairs, Family & Gender Affairs as of April 2018, placing a greater focus on Ecclesiastics than formerly.
The Ministry executes its function through 4 divisions namely:
- Local Government Division
- Bureau of Gender Affairs
- Cooperatives Division
- Adult Education Division
and one programme namely:
- Basic Needs Trust Fund