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We want to see communities transformed

We’re passionate about seeing the needs and opinions of the world’s most vulnerable people brought to the table so that decision-makers can hear and act upon them. So we equip and support communities to make their case. We use advocacy and influence – with the church, government and the private sector – to bring poverty and injustice to light and to demand change. We influence decision-makers directly and help our partners to do the same.

At the same time, we inspire Christians in the UK and globally to campaign, pray and live out the change they want to see more widely. Renew Our World, the international advocacy movement we helped to establish, now has expressions in 20 countries and counting, contributing to national and global action.

This year, we launched our Reboot campaign, to encourage Christians and church leaders to ask the UK government for a green and fair recovery from the pandemic, consistent with international climate obligations. This has led to faith leaders calling for international debt cancellation. We also encouraged and equipped churches in at least 25 countries to call on governments to meet the needs of communities that have been worst affected by the pandemic in a green and fair way. This resulted in policy wins in countries such as Brazil, Malawi, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

What makes us different

We leverage the church’s long reach and influence to ensure that the voices of more vulnerable communities are heard at local, national and international levels, and we amplify them through our networks and advocacy movements. By working through local churches rooted in communities, we ensure that reforms to policy and systems translate into real change at community level.

This year we are celebrating

 What we learnt

We’ve had to learn to adapt rapidly during the pandemic, and to shift the focus and delivery of our advocacy while remaining true to our vision and ethos. We also found that giving partners and allies greater autonomy in their emergency response enabled us to pivot more swiftly in our emergency response. We learnt, as during the Ebola epidemic, that timely engagement of local faith leaders can influence public policy powerfully.

We know we can go further

We need to do even more to advocate so that governments prioritise the needs of the most vulnerable in their response to the pandemic.

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, we need to make stronger connections in our advocacy between racism, global poverty and environmental damage, and to amplify more powerfully the voices of people of colour.

Going forward in 2021/22, we aim to: 

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