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.

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  • Confronting?

    Posted by Erica

    13 September, 2011

    My home page on my computer is The Guardian Global Development site. This is the kind of world news I really value, focusing on global development. Much of what I encounter and read daily sticks in my mind and is something I carry with me in my heart. I cannot read about global challenges and injustice without my heart being affected. Recently, I viewed images of what unsafe water and poor sanitation looks like in Uganda. I feel confronted and challenged by these images. We were in Uganda earlier this year, so I when I looked at these images I pictured the places that we walked around and the people that we met there. But also I think of India, and of all the people who live without a toilet. I remember the smell and the shock of seeing communal open toilets. I think of the toilets we have used when travelling, and yet how much better it is to have horrible toilet than none at all. Globally, 2.6 billion people live without access to a safe toilet, while almost 1 billion don't have clean, safe water. The WHO estimates that 10% of the global disease burden… read more

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  • Church leaders for aid!

    Posted by Simon

    21 July, 2011

    It might not always be as easy as Bono makes it look, but speaking up on behalf of people living in poverty, the most vulnerable of our global society, is not just an optional extra for those of us in the Christian faith. The Bible clearly tells us in Proverbs 31:8-9, "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy." Since its inception in 2004, Micah Challenge has done just that by mobilising thousands of grassroots advocates to speak up to the Australian Government on behalf of people in need. At the recent trip to Canberra, Micah Challenge lobby groups showed politicians that those advocates represent a wide Church community in Australia, which is also unified and passionate about social justice issues! A couple of weeks ago, on a cold and windy Canberra morning (aren't they all?) a team of Micah Challenge staff and Church leaders from many denominations assembled in Australian Parliament House, including senior representatives of the Anglican,… read more

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  • We said / They said - Micah Challenge response to the aid review

    Posted by John

    6 July, 2011

    Is the government's response to the aid review, released today, good news for the world's poor? We think so! Our submission to the aid review had nine recommendations. Here's a little game of We Said/They Said through the lens of those nine recommendations. 1. We said: Make poverty-reduction the central and overarching purpose of the Australian aid program. They said: 'The fundamental purpose of Australian aid is to help people overcome poverty.' This, in turn ‘serves Australia's national interests by promoting stability and prosperity both in our region and beyond.' 2. We said: On aid quantity, reach at least 0.5% GNI by 2015/16, and provide the framework for a sustainable growth path to 0.7%, if not by 2015/16 then as quickly as possible. They said: The government's commitment to reach 0.5 percent of GNI by 2015-16 will, subject to future levels of economic growth, see the aid budget almost double again, to around $8 billion. Mr Rudd suggested we can do more: ‘In 2007, both Australia's… read more

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  • Senior church leaders meet Federal politicians - a lot of love in the room!

    Posted by John

    24 June, 2011

    5.45 am yesterday I pulled myself out of bed and ventured out into a dark and bleak Canberra morning. For the first time, Micah Challenge were pulling together a significant group of denominational leaders in Parliament House for a day of lobby meetings with Federal Politicians. Love wasn't a word that was on my mind. Any who have tried will know that bringing churches together to do things is not always easy - let alone adding Federal politicians into the mix. But God was gracious. A group including senior representatives of the Anglican, Baptist, Vineyard, Australian Christian Churches, Salvation Army, Churches of Christ and Uniting churches had 32 meetings with MPs and Senators in one day. There was an open door for our collective voice to be heard. The day started with a Parliamentary breakfast where we presented the creative petitions that many of you sent to Kevin Rudd as part of our Mothers Day midwife crisis campaign. Mr Rudd accepted and acknowledged them. He spoke well - as he usually does on this issue - indicating that health indeed should be a… read more

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