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.

  • Global goals: a new era

    Posted by Ben

    30 September, 2015

    The nations of the world have unanimously adopted the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. This historic commitment creates a guide and framework to meet global challenges of poverty, inequality, violence and environmental sustainability through to the year 2030. With seventeen goals and 169 targets the global goals are, as you’d imagine, more complex than the eight Millennium Development Goals they replace. Some of them, too, are more aspirational than measurable – visions of a better world more than a specific target to be achieved. This is both the strength and weakness of the Sustainable Development Goals. The Millennium Development Goals catalysed renewed investment in aid spending and helped the world focus on some of the worst aspects of extreme poverty – the early and preventable deaths of children, the deaths of women in pregnancy and childbirth, the scourges of hunger and poor education, for example. The new global goals seek to address bigger issues around human development. They are a moral call and a vision for a world… read more

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  • Calm before the storm

    Posted by Ben

    9 July, 2015

    Maybe it seems that Micah Challenge has been a bit quiet lately. Maybe you're wondering if that silence represents inactivity and uncertainty. In our case, it’s more the silence that falls as the clouds gather and before the deluge is finally unleashed. Since 2005, Micah Challenge has worked to raise awareness and action on global poverty and to equip Christians to become advocates for the poor. We have called on Australia’s political leaders to live up to their Millennium promise to “spare no effort” to free men, women and children from abject poverty and contribute our fair share to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Now in 2015, the target year of the MDGs is upon us and globally, the world has seen remarkable progress against some of the worst aspects of poverty, ensuring improved health, education and opportunity for millions of people around the world. Our voices, raised together, have helped drive Australia’s contribution to this process. There have certainly been setbacks – but our past campaigning, in… read more

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  • JB's Final Thoughts

    Posted by John

    22 December, 2014

    After 10 years of helping Christians and churches hold governments around the world to account for their promises to halve world poverty by 2015, the first phase of the Micah Challenge campaign will come to an end this month. The overwhelming sense amongst our wonderful partners is that beyond 2015 and the end date for the MDGs there will be much to do. (These messages from 7 kids born in the year 2000 is an inspiring reminder of why we need to finish what we started.) We feel deep in our hearts that a real opportunity exists to take this work to another level, so we will be reopening these doors again in the first half of 2015. Our supporters and the public will see a fresh brand and a new vision, but they will experience the same commitment to ensuring that Christians are advocating for and with the global poor. As Micah Challenge closes its doors, it’s also time for me to move on to new things. I have had the enormous privilege of helping to guide this work for almost 6 years. Now it’s time to say farewell. I know that Ben and the team here will… read more

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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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