We Have An Opportunity To End Poverty In Our Lifetime
Extreme global poverty can be ended in our lifetime! If you've been asking yourself "how can I help end poverty?" then read on to find out how we can help end poverty together as Australians - there is an answer.
To do this, poorer nations need access to the resources they need to provide education, healthcare, clean water, improved sanitation and infrastructure in order to grow their economies and lift their people out of poverty.
While progress is being made, many poor nations lack the finances to develop their economies as fast as they need to which leaves millions of people suffering and dying as a result of poverty. Rich nations like Australia can help change this by giving their fair share in aid, just 0.7% of our gross national income – or 70c out of every $100 the nation earns.
We are part of the Micah Challenge coalition, working together to help Christians and Australian churches to speak upon issues of global poverty. Our current campaigns are:
- More and Better Aid – By building a generous and effective aid program Australia can help developing nations lift their people out of poverty. The world’s rich aid giving nations agreed to give 0.7% of their gross national income in aid. Sadly Australia is giving less than half that, and in recent times we’ve been going backwards.
- Shine the Light – Developing countries lose at least $160 billion per year through the unethical tax dodging of multinational organisations, an amount significantly greater than they receive in aid. Australia, as the host of this year’s G20 (a gathering of the leaders from the 20 biggest nations) is uniquely placed to put tax dodging on the agenda.
What The Bible Says
In his first letter, John poses the question, “if anyone has material possessions and sees his brother or sister in need and has not pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?” (1 John 3:16). His challenge is a profound reminder of the biblical call to care for the poor expressed in over 2000 passages in the Bible that deal with poverty and justice.
In Proverbs 31, the advice given to King Lemuel shows that this principle is essential, not just for individuals, but for nations and leaders of nations as well.
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
for the rights of all who are destitute.
Speak up and judge fairly;
defend the rights of the poor and needy.” (Proverbs 31:8-9)