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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  • Lobbying MPs in Canberra

    Posted by Micah

    16 November, 2010

    This week Caritas Australia's Campaigns Coordinator Alex Engel travelled to Canberra with members of the Micah Challenge coalition to lobby newly elected Members of Parliament (MPs) about issues of global poverty and the Millennium Development Goals. In short, the message was to increase both the quantity and quality of Australia's aid program. Throughout Tuesday and Wednesday, the group met with over 30 different MPs from variety of different political parties to discuss key issues, including healthcare, climate change and improved governance of the aid budget. Alex attended nine of these meetings, including one with an advisor to the Prime Minister Julia Gilliard."The meetings were extremely positive and we found most of the MPs were very receptive to our message," said Alex. "Trips like these are really at the heart of Caritas' work - that is, bringing the voice and needs of the poor to those that have the power to influence change." Caritas has been engaged with Micah Challenge network since 2007, in particular with the annual Voice for Justice lobbying… read more

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  • Natural disasters and the poor

    Posted by Micah

    1 November, 2010

    By Deborah Storie. Disasters are rarely "natural". Disasters occur when communities are affected by hazards that exceed their capacity to cope. Hazards that are disastrous for some may merely inconvenience, or even benefit, others. For instance, floods which destroy the livelihoods of communities farming marginal riverbanks may minimally impact urban communities above flood plains, and be welcomed by landowners who rely on regular flooding to replenish their fields. Similarly, labour-saving innovations materially benefit factory owners, shareholders and consumers but challenge workers to adapt to changing employment opportunities, devastating those with little capacity to change. "Natural" hazards (droughts, floods, earthquakes, landslides) exact a disproportionate toll from the poor, but this does not mean that they constitute the greatest threat to poor communities. Their vulnerability results from complex arrays of forces that shape societies and individuals in profound ways. At a global level, poverty-associated disability, death and displacement far exceed… read more

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  • Carlyn Chen talks about Micah Challenge campaign achievements

    Posted by Micah

    23 September, 2010

    Voices for Justice Coordinator, Carlyn Chen, talks about the impact the Micah Challenge campaign is making in Australia. Voices for Justice from CPX on Vimeo. read more

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  • What does the new minority Govt mean for the poor?

    Posted by Peter

    8 September, 2010

    Political Engagement Coordinator, Peter Keegan, discusses the election result After more than a fortnight of uncertainty, Australians finally have a Government. But while we've been waiting for the independents to make their decision and the votes to be counted, another set of numbers have continued to dictate the reality of lives across most of the planet. Despite some progress, the number of children who don't live to see their 5th birthday is still almost 8.8 million each year, and 350,000 women don't survive child birth. So while the media's focus has been on the political drama of a hung parliament, for Micah Challenge, the question that really matters is 'What will this new government mean for the global poor?' Prior to the election, Foreign Affairs Minister Stephen Smith reaffirmed Labor's commitment to increase Australia's funding for overseas development assistance to 0.5% of gross national income by 2015. This is an important commitment that was initially made during the 2007 election campaign and has now achieved bi-partisan support throughout the… read more

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