The head of a worldwide faith-based humanitarian and development alliance says a more vocal stance is needed on global inequalities.
"We are fired up and motivated to challenge political figures, big business and the vested interests of the world's richest nations," ACT Alliance's General Secretary John Nduna said at the end of the group's October 2010 assembly in Arusha, Tanzania.
"In today's world, a billion people are going to bed hungry, only 30 per cent of children in rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa have access to anti-malarial drugs and climate change is devastating the world’s poorest people," said Zambian-born Nduna in a statement made available at the end of the assembly.
"We know this is wrong. We know we must make our voices heard against all these gross injustices," he added.
ACT is an alliance of 100 churches and church-related organisations that work together in humanitarian assistance and development.
It is one of the biggest aid and development alliances in the world, and works in 140 countries with a global budget of $1.6 billion a year, mobilising 31,000 staff and volunteers.
More than 100 organisations that make up the ACT Alliance have met in Tanzania,concluding their first global assembly by electing governing bodies and affirming strategic directions for their work over the next four years.
Senior staff from ACT’s member organisations met in Tanzania to draw up a strategy for the way they want to work and the results they hopes to achieve in humanitarian aid and long-term development.
The Rev Cornelia Fullkrug-Weitzel, who was elected as moderator, is executive director of two large aid organisations based in Germany: Bread for the World and Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe, both members of the ACT Alliance.
The Rev Fransisco de Asis da Silva, who was elected as Vice-Moderator, works closely with two members of ACT in Brazil, CESE and Koinonia, and is head of the Anglican Episcopal Church of Brazil.
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