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The Micah Challenge blog is a space for discussion and debate about the issues of global poverty, faith, advocacy and justice and the Millennium Development Goals. This blog aims to provoke thought and challenge you to learn more about the issues discussed. We welcome your comments.

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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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  • Ending the Cycle of Poverty and Disability

    Posted by Christoph

    2 August, 2012

    Most people will have heard about the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by now, and it’s probably a well known fact that the overall aim of the MDGs is to halve global poverty by 2015. Much has happened, some goals have already been achieved, but still more work is needed especially when it comes to addressing the issue of disability. Disability? What does that have to do with anything, you may wonder. You see, while issues relating to poverty are starting to be more clearly understood, one crucial aspect is still hovering in the dark a bit – understanding the link between poverty and disability. Shedding light on disability, we’re excited to have Micah Challenge partner with End the Cycle – a campaign raising awareness of the cycle of poverty and disability. Together, Micah Challenge and End the Cycle are saying that disability is often a cause of poverty - and poverty often causes disability. In order to alleviate poverty world-wide, all development projects such as programs that aim towards achieving the MDGs, must address and… read more

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  • Be Open to God's Call

    Posted by Scott

    17 July, 2012

    What the Bible Says “For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigners residing among you, giving them food and clothing.” Deuteronomy 10:17-18 “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27 Reflecting on What the Bible Says Widows and orphans are mentioned repeatedly throughout the bible. God is said to be their defender and God’s people are to defend and care for them too. This is because widows and orphans were particularly vulnerable to poverty and exploitation. In the biblical eras, property and power were commonly held by men. Widows and fatherless children had no man to protect their interests and so were easily forced off their land, exploited and marginalised. Once in this situation it was very difficult for them to… read more

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  • Tax havens - a conspiracy against the poor

    Posted by Gershon

    12 June, 2012

    I’ve never been much of a conspiracy theorist. I am yet to be convinced that the US government organised 9/11, I doubt very seriously that alien autopsies were carried out at Area 51, and despite the ‘compelling’ evidence I don’t think that Barack Obama is an Islamic fundamentalist sleeper agent charged with bringing about the upcoming 2012 global apocalypse. With that said, there has been one ‘conspiracy’ that’s started to make me more than a little worried. What would you say if I told you that there is a massive global system that props up corrupt dictators and politicians, facilitates the activity of the world’s largest criminal industries and drains billions, possibly trillions of dollars from Governments all over the world? That this system was one of the major causes of the current global financial crisis and worse than that, it contributes to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people every year? If you’re like me, your first thought might be, ‘That’s just too surreal to be true,’… read more

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