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  • $22 Billion for World's Justice?

    Posted by Scott

    10 September, 2012

    How would you like to raise $22 billion for anti-poverty programs around the world? That's not $22 million but $22 billion. Sounds impossible right? Well maybe not. Back in September 2000 world leaders, including Australia's Prime Minister, gathered in Geneva and declared that the new millennium would be one in which we would forge a new world. “We will spare no effort to free our fellow men, women and children from the abject and dehumanising conditions of extreme poverty, to which more than a billion of them are currently subjected. We are committed to making the right to development a reality for everyone and to freeing the entire human race from want.” Inspiring words, but such words have been spoken many times before. Would these be yet another empty promise? Perhaps not, because this time the world's leaders put measurable targets against their pledge. They set 2015 as the date by which eight millennium development goals would be achieved and set targets against each goal - the proportion of people living on a dollar a day… read more

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  • How do you solve a problem like Maria?

    Posted by Micah Challenge

    4 September, 2012

    I can’t believe it’s less than two weeks until Voices For Justice 2012! I have been to the past five Voices for Justice but I think this year’s is crucial. I sense there has been a change in attitudes over the past few years. Everyone is more concerned about their own future and is less generous towards others. I want to be part of the voices saying we can and should look after more than just me and my kin. I want to be part of God’s plan to care for the poor and marginalised in our world. Over the years I have met so many inspiring people – both speakers and other “voices.” At Voices For Justice 2009 I met a lady called Maria. I learnt so much from spending the four days of Voices with her. Maria was born in the developing world, in a country with a corrupt government. She was amazed at our Parliament House and our system of government and could not believe that we could just walk in, watch what was happening and actually meet with our local politicians. Meeting her certainly made me realise how privileged we are… read more

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  • These Men Have Never Carried a Drop of Water

    Posted by Tim

    27 August, 2012

    My recent book, Hope, contains anecdotes that come from where I have travelled with my work or impressions I have gathered as I reflect on my lived experience. A dominant thread through the book is that of hope. I am essentially a hopeful person who believes that life has a way of giving us the impetus to keep going in hard times, and not to give in to cynicism and despair. Following is an excerpt from the book which illustrates the hope that I see on my travels: I love watching the advertisements when charities devoutly declare that they are not political. What they mean to say, or in my view should say, is: we are not partisan but, of course, we are political. We should never be partisan and have a secret agenda to back a particular political party or interfere in domestic politics – tempting as that is when dictators rule. But we cannot do development without being small ‘p’ political. Politics is about power and who gets what they want and who misses out. Development and lifting people out of poverty often means disturbing power that… read more

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  • Progress

    Posted by Laura

    21 August, 2012

    Seeing progress is a fantastic thing. Whether it is the clock in an exam ticking ever closer to the start of holidays, or finally seeing your hard work pay off, as you get better at a sport, or cards, or knitting, or skipping, progress is always really encouraging. I’m not really one for numbers. I never quite managed to get my times tables down pat (much to the chagrin of my father), and stuck to General Maths in Year 12, but even I have been astounded by the latest report from the United Nations. The 2012 Millennium Development Goal Report is the compilation of key indicators and data, which provide an assessment on how the world is going with reaching the targets. As we know, the target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals and halving poverty – 2015 – is getting really close. The good news? Extreme poverty is falling. The proportion of people living on les than US$1.25 fell from 47% in 1990 to 24% in 2008 – that’s a reduction of over 400 million people. 400 million people who are living above the… read more

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