Micah Challenge Australia Blog

 

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.

Micah Challenge is a global campaign of Christians speaking out against poverty and injustice. Click here to visit the Micah Challenge website.

  • Will aid be a priority at the next election?

    Posted by Jennifer

    2 April, 2013

    If you were to ask 20 average Australians to give you a list of their top 5 priorities when it comes to making a decision to vote, how often would foreign aid gain a mention? Having done this very experiment informally myself over recent weeks, I have quickly discovered that education, child care, jobs, immigration policy and other domestic priorities very quickly fill up this list for most people. Climate change policy may feature somewhere around number 4 or 5 for those who have an environmental inclination, but in very few cases will foreign affairs get a mention, let alone foreign aid. It is true that foreign aid currently accounts for only 1.5% of Government expenditure, so why should it be a priority? I would argue that in terms of its capacity to save lives and increase the quality of life for hundreds of thousands of people around the world, this money is some of the most important of all Government expenditure. With a Federal election scheduled for September 14th, Micah Challenge is committed to placing foreign aid high on the agenda of policy… read more

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  • Driven to action - Scott's pledge to Finish the Race

    Posted by Scott

    27 March, 2013

    It’s official. There are now more overweight people in the world than undernourished. According to the World Health Organisation, in 2008, more than 1.4 billion adults, 20 and older, were overweight. I am one of them. Ok, I prefer to think of it as pleasantly plump, but however I describe it, I find it disturbing that in a world with such plenty 868 million people don’t have enough to eat. Statistics like this are not only disturbing; they drive many to despair, to throw their hands in the air and sigh at the intractability of the problem. They have the opposite effect on me. They drive me to action, because I believe the situation can change. Take undernourishment. In 1990 there were just on a billion hungry people in the world. In the 20 years since then the world population has grown by 1.5 billion, mostly in poorer countries, yet the number of undernourished people has declined by more than 100 million. And the trends are all in the right direction, whether you’re thinking income poverty, child mortality, or kids in school. I was in… read more

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  • Blessed to Serve - Robyn Evans makes her pledge

    Posted by Micah Challenge

    7 March, 2013

    Justice is a core part of my faith and it has been for many years. It is not a competing aspect of my faith, but is an equal element of it, just like humility and mercy (Micah 6:8). For me the Finish the Race campaign is a way of expressing my faith and being an advocate of change for the world’s most poor, marginalised and vulnerable communities. I believe Finish the Race is more than just a campaign; it’s a call to action. Responding to this call will save lives, give hope and enable the world’s poor to share the table of God’s resources, which should be for us all. Martin Luther King Jr started his famous speech with the now well-known phrase, ‘I have dream’. His dream was about equality and acceptance of race, and in many ways his dream is still being implemented today as the world continues to struggle to resolve these issues. One of my dreams is actually part of a prayer, a prayer we say regularly – “thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”. To me this prayer means that as I live my… read more

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  • Urgent AND Important!

    Posted by John

    18 February, 2013

    I wouldn’t blame you if you were tired of people like me telling you that I need your help or support RIGHT NOW! Urgency can be tiring. Urgency is stressful. Urgency is unsustainable. That’s why the experts always warn us not to let the ‘urgent’ crowd out the ‘important’. The reality is that poverty in our world never slips off the urgent list. At every moment of every day someone in our world faces a life or death situation that is caused by poverty. However, for us who are removed from those situations, keeping it on our urgent list is probably unrealistic. That’s why our focus at Micah Challenge is to create lifelong advocates who will stand against the injustice of poverty as a matter of course – people for whom fighting poverty becomes part of who you are, rather than just something you do for a time. In other words, we are trying to plant it firmly on your ‘important’ list rather than your ‘urgent’ list, so that it doesn’t get pushed down your priority list. Having said that,… read more

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