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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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  • Progress

    Posted by Laura

    21 August, 2012

    Seeing progress is a fantastic thing. Whether it is the clock in an exam ticking ever closer to the start of holidays, or finally seeing your hard work pay off, as you get better at a sport, or cards, or knitting, or skipping, progress is always really encouraging. I’m not really one for numbers. I never quite managed to get my times tables down pat (much to the chagrin of my father), and stuck to General Maths in Year 12, but even I have been astounded by the latest report from the United Nations. The 2012 Millennium Development Goal Report is the compilation of key indicators and data, which provide an assessment on how the world is going with reaching the targets. As we know, the target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals and halving poverty – 2015 – is getting really close. The good news? Extreme poverty is falling. The proportion of people living on les than US$1.25 fell from 47% in 1990 to 24% in 2008 – that’s a reduction of over 400 million people. 400 million people who are living above the… read more

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  • The Manly-Manado Walk is giving poverty the flush

    Posted by Vikki

    13 August, 2012

    The 10km ‘Spit-to-Manly Scenic Walkway’, along Sydney’s harbour foreshore, is undoubtedly one of Sydney’s most beautiful walks through the amazing bush land and beaches of the northern beaches. Such beauty has been the backdrop for 1,600 walkers who, over the last seven years, have raised over $186,000 for communities living in Manado, Indonesia by taking part in the annual Manly-Manado Walk (www.thewalk.org.au), organised by my church, Seaforth Baptist. In less than four weeks (8th September) the eighth Manly-Manado Walk is looking to raise a further $50,000 for 50 mothers and babies at a Compassion Child Survival Program, which is part of our church partnership with Getsemani Baptist Church in Manado. And the exciting news is that the pastor and his wife and son (who is a doctor at the project and speaking at Voices for Justice) are visiting us for the first time from Manado to take part in the Walk. The Walk is much more than a fundraiser. Through our involvement with Micah Challenge, our church has been inspired and encouraged to speak… read more

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  • A $60 billion return on a crap investment?

    Posted by Ben

    25 July, 2012

    Politicians sure do love a good cost-benefit analysis. When resources are scarce, and since there's always another good cause (or a more politically attractive one) to invest public money in, it's good to have some sort of evidence of return on investment. Of course, cost-benefit isn't the only thing that matters when it comes to public policy. However, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has just released a cost-benefit analysis that I hope every Australian politician reads: Global costs and benefits of drinking-water supply and sanitation interventions to reach the MDG target and universal coverage*. Looking beyond the yawn-inducing title, though, the report is mind-blowing. It assesses the total economic benefits of meeting the Millennium Development Goal targets as 60 billion US dollars each and every year, through time savings from reduced illness, reduced health care costs and lives saved. Just hold that thought for a moment; halving the proportion of people in the world without access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation would bring… read more

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