Christian Aid annual report and accounts 2014/15
Objectives and activities
In 2015, as the Millennium Development Goals reach their deadline, the world can reflect on real progress. Since 1990, thanks to the actions of millions of people around the globe, extreme income poverty has been cut by almost two-thirds, child mortality has fallen by more than half, and more children are attending primary school than ever before.
But these achievements tell only part of the story.
This is the richest generation in history. It is also the most unequal. Today 1% of the world’s population own almost half the world’s wealth.
This is a striking indication of a growing imbalance of power that keeps more than a billion people trapped in poverty. It is a power imbalance that prevents people having a say in the decisions that affect their lives; denies them a fair share of the world’s resources; stops them accessing essential services; deprives them of peace and security.
Partnership for Change – the strategy that has guided our work since 2012 – identifies three fundamental shifts in power that will help bring about an end to poverty:
• Power for people to live with dignity, withstand disasters, seize opportunities and thrive.
• Power for people to get a fair and sustainable share of the world’s wealth and resources.
• Power for people to have a say in the decisions that affect their lives, and to play a full part in society and the economy.
To bring about these shifts in power, Partnership for Change identifies five broad strategic change objectives for our work:
Power to change institutions. We support poor communities around the world as they strive to influence decision makers at local, national and international level.
In the UK and globally, we campaign for change on critical issues such as tax dodging and climate change.
The right to essential services. We enable people to access services crucial for their health and wellbeing. We urge governments to make sure essential services and medicines are accessible, appropriate and affordable. Through our partners, we show the standard of service delivery that is possible – services that governments can then adopt, adapt or scale up.
Fair shares in a constrained world. We work with people to ensure that they get a fair and sustainable share of the world’s resources. We strive to make markets work for poor communities, and we promote fair and green alternatives to our usual patterns of consumption. We make sure poor communities are better able to withstand disasters and other shocks.
Equality for all. We strive for a more inclusive world where identity – gender, ethnicity, caste, religion, class, sexual orientation – is no longer a barrier to equal treatment. We press governments and global institutions to implement policies and laws that combat inequality and discrimination. We work through churches and interfaith networks to challenge intolerance and promote inclusion.
Tackling violence, building peace. We ensure that vulnerable people are protected from violence and can live in peace. We’re part of social movements that challenge attitudes and behaviours that perpetuate violence. We push for those responsible for violence to be held to account, and for governments to prioritise peaceful alternatives to conflict.
Power of partnership
We know we can’t achieve these shifts in power on our own. That is why all of our work is based on trusting and effective relationships.
We work with churches and faith groups, including our 41 sponsoring churches, interfaith networks, and the ACT Alliance. We depend on individuals in Britain and Ireland, and around the world, for their commitment and generosity. We work through local partner organisations across 39 countries, who understand the communities in which they work and are best placed to support them. We engage closely with government and the private sector.
It is by growing and deepening these partnerships that we have the best chance of achieving our ultimate goal: an end to poverty