A global alliance of churches and aid and development organizations will launch a major new campaign to halve poverty by 2015. “The Micah Challenge”, spearheaded by the World Evangelical Alliance and the Micah Network, is slated to launch on October 15 in New York.
The World Evangelical Alliance representing more than 3 million local churches, and the Micah Network of more than 260 aid and development organizations, are together spearheading the campaign, calling on "international and national leaders of both rich and poor nations to fulfill their public promise to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and so halve poverty by 2015".
The campaign will seek to mobilize millions of Christians to a deeper engagement with the poor; and encourage them to influence national leaders to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
The Archbishop of Cape Town, The Most Rev. Njongonkulu Ndungane will launch the Micah Challenge to an invited audience at the United Nations building in New York. He will be joined by Katherine Marshall and Salil Shetty respectively representing the World Bank and the United Nations Millennium Campaign; and grassroots leaders from Africa, Asia, South, Central and North America and Europe. The launch will also feature the first showing of a 2-minute Micah Challenge film.
Micah Challenge national campaigns have formed in Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, India, Peru and the United Kingdom and are in formation in a further 9 countries, including the USA. Major participating agencies include Tearfund UK, World Vision (UK, Australia, Canada), World Relief, World Concern, CWRC (Canada and USA) Tear (Australia, Netherlands, Switzerland), SEL France and the Baptist World Alliance; along with community development agencies including EFICOR (India), Paz y Esperanza (Peru), the Jubilee Centre (Zambia) and many others.