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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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  • Anti-Poverty Week 2014

    Posted by Salome

    15 October, 2014

    This week is International Anti-Poverty Week, and it is traditionally a time for community groups, churches, non-for profits and advocacy groups to recommit their efforts to help the poor. This week is a time for reflection on the incredible achievements of the last year, in fighting against poverty, as well as a time of reflection on the challenges we continue to face and how best to overcome them. As Christians, we use anti-poverty week as a time of thanksgiving for how God has worked through us to bring His kingdom values of caring for our global neighbours to fruition, and how he continues to strengthen us in our efforts to bring the world to holistic wholeness. We also use it as a time to recongise that there is still work to be done, and to refresh ourselves in God’s mandate to take care of the least among us. So for Anti-Poverty Week 2014, let’s take some time to look at one achievement for each of the MDG’s, and give thanks to the Lord for all the lives that have been saved through our global effort. Let us also pray for the fruit of… read more

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  • Voices (and Feet!) For Justice

    Posted by Cherry

    2 September, 2014

    It’s been several months now since the incredible event that is Voices for Justice. As a first-timer I could barely contain my excitement – wrapping my head around tax dodging, seeing Christians come together from all around Australia, walking into Parliament House, meeting politicians and sharing with them our passion, as followers of Jesus, for seeing poverty eradicated. It was a totally invigorating experience where I felt like I was putting my faith into real action. I left with an amazing sense of excitement as I realized that hey! We really can use our voices. We can be a part of shaping a better future for the world’s poor. I am already looking forward to going next year. But what now? Will we just wait in the meantime, or will we continue to take action? I am happy to say that Seaforth Baptist Church, the community I am grateful to be a part of, has been inspired to continue taking action within our local community. This year we are celebrating the tenth year of hosting the Manly Manado Walk, a beautiful 10km sponsored walk from the… read more

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  • Australia's Aid Budget 2013-14: Delayed, Diverted but Still Doing Good

    Posted by Ben

    14 May, 2013

    In an unusual move, most of the big news about Australia's aid budget was announced well before Budget Night. We've known the big picture since Foreign Minister Bob Carr let us all in on the secret on Monday morning. The aid budget will grow by $518 million from last year, reaching almost $5.7 billion dollars, or 0.37% of Gross National Income (GNI). And while this is very welcome news, lifting aid to its highest level as a proportion of our national income since 1985, it's also not the only side to the story. The commitment to increase aid to 0.5% GNI has been pushed back for the second year in a row – now expected to be reached in 2017-18. The effect of these two delays has been to remove around $4.8 billion from planned aid spending over the period 2012–16. To my mind, these two delays really do call into question whether the Government is serious when it says it "remains committed" to reaching the 0.5% target. I'm not sure that the word committed means what they seem to think it means. The Government… read more

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  • Reflections on Voices for Justice

    Posted by Josh

    26 September, 2012

    Well, the Micah Challenge’s Voices for Justice conference is over for another a year, and I thought I might offer just a few reflections on what we did while we were in Canberra for the four incredible days. Though the quality of the teaching sessions, the general reality of our diversity in unity, and the important meetings with (over 100!) MPs are obviously very important to note (and great to take part in), I thought I’d take a step back and look at some of the larger themes. The conference this year centred, basically, around two main points: 1) Firstly, it was noted very clearly that we need to celebrate the progress that has already been made towards reaching the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. For me, this was such an incredibly important part of the whole conference. Though it is true that we still have a long way to go in some instances (and I’ll get to that below), I believe that it’s essential to celebrate the progress that has been achieved. When dealing with issues of poverty and social justice, it’s… read more

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