By Dorothy Anguparu & Daniel Amule

Arua diocese has launched a three years strategic plan that will run from July 2018 to June 2021.

The strategic planning process gave rise to Arua Diocese’s first Vision Statement: “A diocese inspired by the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, united, evangelized, sustainable and missionary”.

The process also resulted in the formulation of a Mission Statement, Core Values, and the diocesan environmental scan (internal and external) using SWOT analysis.

According to the Bishop of Arua Diocese Sabino Ocan Odoki, this strategic plan will help them in the management of the diocese.The bishop of Arua Diocese Sabino Odoki called upon Christians to support the launched strategic plan for the growth of the diocese.

He stressed that Arua Diocese administration will work closely with all heads of departments and stakeholders to ensure a successful implementation of the Strategic Plan (2018-2021).

The Consultant, Benard Awich who provided guidance in conceptualizing the approaches, strategies, and preparing the Strategic Plan document for Arua Diocese says if implemented well the strategic plan will be instrumental in fostering development in the diocese.

The pastoral Coordinator Monsignor Louis Ajusi explained that the strategic plan was instituted due to donor demand.

He stressed that the strategic objectives of the diocese which will include improved donor relations, improved accountability, bolstering self-reliance, proper implementation of the fifth synod, strengthening Christian families through catechesis, better-trained and motivated pastoral agents, registration of diocesan lands and improved quality of health and educational services.

The three-year strategic plan will require a projected expenditure of UGX 3,036,206,100 to support the implementation of the strategic objectives. Over 70% of the funding is expected to flow from donations both locally and internationally.

Samson Lema from the education department feels that this plan will solve the problem of lay chaplains in schools.

He appreciates the fact that the last objective in the education department intends to improve on management structures in the educational institutions for efficient service delivery.

The three-year strategic plan will require a projected expenditure of UGX 3,036,206,100 to support the implementation of the strategic objectives.

Over 70% of the funding is expected to flow from donations both locally and internationally.

Arua diocese considers improvements in communication and engagement with the stakeholders to improve relations and goodwill. End