Politics and the Poor

Politics and the Poor

by Melba Maggay

It is cause for rejoicing that in the past four decades, there has been a growing awareness that the church should somehow be involved and make a difference in the massive poverty that has engulfed this country.

In the early 70’s, you could count on your fingers the number of evangelical organizations doing what has come to be called as ‘wholistic ministry.’ Today, there are thousands doing ‘transformational development,’ or, in the language of the Micah Global Network, ‘integral mission.’ Micah Global is a coalition of more than 800 faith-based development organizations worldwide.

It is in the field of politics, of making democratic institutions work, that the churches have been reluctant to step out and speak truth to the powers. While we have seen a movement towards putting Christians into office, we have yet to see a political engagement that is theologically informed and truly consistent with the concern for righteousness in our governance. This is partly due to deficiencies in our theological paradigms, and the fear of being allied with forces whose morals and ideological leanings we suspect.

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Campaigning for Macro-Policy Change: Jubilee 2000

Campaigning for Macro-Policy Change: Jubilee 2000

By Ann Pettifor
2001

In 1996 – the year in which the Jubilee 2000 campaign began – Third World debt was not only crippling the development of poorer countries, it was shifting that development into reverse. The people of Africa owed more in international debt than their annual income. The debts were the result of irresponsible lending, corrupt regimes kept in place by Cold War politics, rises in the price of oil and a global economic and trading system that favours powerful countries. Though they had little say in the decision to take out the debts and saw little benefit from them, it was the poor who were paying the price. The cost of servicing the debt led to cuts in health and education. Western development aid was flowing back to the West in debt repayments. And the remedies being imposed by the IMF and World Bank seemed to making things worse rather than better – at least of the poor.

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Global Program Advocacy Grants: What Do They Tell Us About Evaluating Advocacy?

Global Program Advocacy Grants: What Do They Tell Us About Evaluating Advocacy?

By Sandra N.W. Ng, Program Planning and Evaluation Specialist Oxfam America
October, 2000

The impetus for this paper is the Program Planning and Learning Unit’s (PPLU) interest in developing some capacity in evaluating advocacy work. The purpose of this paper is to share with Oxfam America (OA) staff some preliminary findings from a survey of Participation for Equity grants that plan to implement advocacy activities. I hope that the findings will stimulate discussions on advocacy and evaluating advocacy at the agency level. For the purposes of this paper I define advocacy as “purposeful action to bring about favourable changes in peoples’ lives.”

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Advocacy Campaigns

Advocacy Campaigns

Micah Global Campaigns

Micah Global advocates for justice and righteousness around the globe. Whilst we support and promote numerous campaigns, we have chosen four to promote more specifically at this time. These are: 

Restored

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Renew Our World

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God's Liberating Agenda - SDGs

End Violence Against Children

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The Advocacy Toolkit from Tearfund UK

The Advocacy Toolkit from Tearfund UK

At the Tearfund International Learning Zone you can find The Advocacy Toolkit.

The Advocacy Toolkit is a helpful advocacy training resource, published by Tearfund UK. It is recommended for organisations working in community development who are keen to bring about long-term development through changing the policies and practices of those in power to bring justice for the poor...

The Toolkit is divided into two booklets. The first booklet includes information on advocacy and development, and theology and advocacy. The second booklet includes a strategic planning process for advocacy. The Toolkit is a self-facilitation manual, suitable for organisations working in community development who are keen to bring about long-term development through changing the policies and practices of those in power to bring justice for the poor.

To download materials visit The Advocacy Toolkit

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Keynote address Justice Steve Bradbury

Keynote address Justice Steve Bradbury

Chris Marshall, a New Zealand New Testament scholar, was a keynote speaker at the TEAR Australia National Conference in 2002. At the beginning of his first address he commented: “I would not have thought it possible to come to a conference organised by evangelical Christians on the theme of Biblical Justice and see 400 people, mostly young adults, gathered together. I am enormously encouraged.” Read Report
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