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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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  • Public Christians in a post-Christian society?

    Posted by John

    21 March, 2014

    The Micah challenge team has spent the last few days at the Rethinking: Public Faith Conference in Sydney. Our teacher, guide and conversation partner over these days has been Yale Professor Miroslav Volf, who many saw on the Q&A program on Monday night. The central concept of the conference has been rethinking the way we engage with society, as opposed to what we say when we do engage. It’s an important topic. We have looked at the church’s complicity and/or lack of response on a variety of issues including child sexual abuse and our response to refugees. We have much to rethink! What do you think? What are your impressions of the way that Christians are engaging in the public space? The Conference has been food for thought personally. It has caused me to begin the process of rethinking, or engaging in fresh thinking, about the nature of our engagement around the three issues Micah Challenge is currently campaigning about. For example, as we enter into a heightened period of campaigning about transparency and tax dodging, I am reminded that we… read more

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  • Gaining ground - but still a long way to go

    Posted by Mark

    11 March, 2014

    There has been some exciting progress being made on addressing global tax evasion. However, there is a lot more that still needs to happen and there is still a risk new global rules will be set that disadvantage developing countries and will restrict their ability to seriously tackle tax dodging by multinational corporations and wealthy individuals. At the meeting of the G20 Finance Ministers in Sydney on 22 and 23 February, the Finance Ministers and Treasurers again agreed “Profits should be taxed where economic activities deriving the profits are performed and where value is created.” They gave their full support for the G20/OECD Action Plan to address tax dodging. They committed to ensure that by the Brisbane G20 summit in November, they will start to deliver effective, practical and sustainable measures to counter tax dodging across all industries. They endorsed the OECD new global standard for countries and tax havens to exchange information with each other, a new tool for fighting the scourge of tax evasion. The Ministers and Treasurers stated… read more

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  • EXPOSED stories from around the World

    Posted by Amanda

    23 October, 2013

    In Manila this week, Christians have been holding Jericho walks to symbolically bring down walls of corruption. There is outrage in the PHILIPPINES because US$250 million due to be spent on development projects for the poor has ‘disappeared’. Christians have been walking and praying around key government buildings in Manila and the capital, Quezon City. What a mighty prophetic action! In addition, the caravan of marchers has taken a roast pig with them as a symbol of how pork-barreling is responsible for millions going missing. In 142 other cities around the country, vigils of prayer and advocacy to expose corruption and its devastating effects on the poor have take place throughout October as part of the global EXPOSED campaign. Let me tell you some more stories… In UGANDA, where it is risky to hold gatherings in public there was a four hour Vigil ending at midnight on Tuesday 8th, the eve of Uganda’s 51st independence anniversary. The Vigil brought together many different groups that are calling for integrity in public finances… read more

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  • Just Systems, Real Change

    Posted by Micah

    18 October, 2013

    Tax justice for developing countries and empowered communities supported by good governance will help bring about lasting change for those facing poverty, writes Matthew Maury. In the early 1990s I was living in Zambia, working with grassroots community development projects. During a trip to the capital city I got into a discussion with another expat that I bumped into. We covered the usual range of questions – who are you, where are you from, what are you doing in Zambia? I was quite surprised when he told me he was a tax accountant who had been sent to help teach the Zambia Revenue Authority how to improve their tax collection practices. Part of his work was to help the Zambian Government target international organisations who were not paying their fair share of taxes. There is a high correlation between an African government’s ability to collect tax and its ability to achieve the development targets laid out in the Millennium Development Goals. On a recent trip to India, I was encouraged to come face-to-face with impressive examples of… read more

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