Rising conflict is defining this global moment.
children live in conflict zones
1 in 6
of the world's children live amid conflict
people across 43 countries are on the brink of famine
people are displaced globally, with conflict being the largest contributor to this
The interconnected nature of conflict and poverty means that poverty will not be eliminated whilst significant conflict prevails and visa versa.
Evidence shows that the effects of conflict can last for generations. These effects include increases in poverty, debt, poorer education, poorer health systems, gaps in the workforce, lessened productivity, and increases in deaths and injury. Stopping conflict not only saves the lives of those directly impacted by the violence but also those indirectly affected by these many ongoing effects.
In order to see a world in which God’s kingdom reigns, we need to work towards eliminating conflict. When we look closely through all the violence and war depicted throughout the Old Testament, we can see that God’s heart longs for shalom. In the book of Isaiah, we see a vision for a world in which swords are beaten into ploughshares, spears into pruning hooks and nations ‘shall not lift up sword against nation; neither shall they learn war anymore’ (Isaiah 2:4).
We believe in this vision for the world.
Call on the Australian Government to act now, to help end conflict
Through our campaign A Safer World for All, you can call upon the Australian Government to:
- Make a bipartisan commitment and plan to reach 0.5% GNI for Official Development Assistance including meeting the OECD average of 0.37% by the end of the next parliamentary term (2027).
- An immediate doubling of the Humanitarian Emergency Fund (from $150m to $300m per year) as the primary flexible mechanism that enables humanitarian response to crisis in our region and in protracted crises globally.
- Build a pathway to Australia’s fair share of humanitarian funding through an allocation of an additional $350m per year, to go towards investments such as disaster preparedness, protracted crises, conflict prevention and addressing root causes of humanitarian issues.