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  • Christians most 'powerful agents to eradicate global poverty'

    Posted by Amanda

    19 January, 2011

    Micah International joined Micah UK in handing over 11,000 pledges to halve poverty to Parliament The promises were made by tens of thousands of churchgoers across Britain on 10.10.10 as part of What's Your Promise? the UK chapter of Micah's 10.10.10 Campaign. On that iconic date an estimated 60 million Christians around the world stood together in prayer to remember the poor. These very promises were handed over to MPs on January 25 in a committee room of the House of Commons. This marked the culmination of a campaign that seeks to remind countries of their commitment to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Click here to read the rest of this report from Micah International. read more

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  • What is Advocacy?

    Posted by Micah

    13 January, 2011

    Advocay is something that happens at a grassroots level all over the world. Here's a story from Cambodia. In the book Daughter of the Killing Fields, Theary Seng tells the horrifying story of herfamily's flight from Pol Pot's Cambodia. The book includes an account of her great Aunt and Uncle's unsuccessful attempt to enter Thailand. Having reached the Thai-Cambodiaborder, Aunt Nan and Uncle An are part of a group of refugees met by Thai soldierswho are determined to force them back. At gunpoint group is herded to the top of amountain and told to start heading down into Cambodian territory. The valley floor isriddled with landmines. From atop the mountain An and Nan hear the thunder ofexploding landmines when refugees sent back before them step on the burieddeathtraps. One family refuse to move. The father is shot through the head, and whenthe rest of the family start to run, they too are mown down by bullets. With the stenchof death and fear around them, An and Nan reluctantly accept their fate. They headtoward the valley floor, treading over the corpses of… read more

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  • Better Aid

    Posted by Micah

    10 January, 2011

    There are, of course, many ways aid can continue to be improved. But these achievements are outstanding changes to the way Australian aid is focused. Catalyst believes the overriding reasons Australia should give aid is to reduce poverty. Historically, this has not always been the case. During the Cold War, for example, much aid was given for political purposes. In recent years the Australia aid program has seen many improvements. • Reducing poverty is now identified as the primary purpose of the aid program; • Australian aid is no longer 'tied'. This means that recipient countries are no longer required to spend aid dollars on goods and services provided by Australian companies; • An Office of Aid Effectiveness has been created. This Government unit examines the effectiveness of Australian aid and recommends ways to increase effectiveness. The first report was produced in 2008 and identified some key areas to address; • The Millennium Development Goals have been adopted by the Australian Government as a key framework for directing aid. This means that as aid… read more

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  • More Aid

    Posted by Micah

    10 January, 2011

    Micah Challenge and Make Poverty History began campaigning around aid in 2004. At this point in time the Australian aid budget was just 0.25% of Australia's national income. Not only was this one of the lowest levels among richer nations, but it was Australia's lowest level ever. Since then a massive scale-up has begun. The aid budget in 2008-09 stands at 0.32% of Australia's national income and the Government has promised to increase this to 0.5% GNI by 2015. In 2007 dollar terms aid has risen from $2.3 billion in 2004 to $3.4 billion in 2009. Assuming the Government maintains its commitment to reach 0.5% by 2015, Australian aid will rise further, to around $6.6 billion (2007 prices). Compared to 2004 that means an additonal $1.1 billion in aid in 2009 increasing incrementally until it reaches an additional $4.3 billion delivered every year from 2015 on. Increased Autralian aid means more roads built; more schools and teachers and resources for them; more hospitals, health clinics and community health workers; more clean water and sanitation;… read more

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