Commenting on the significance of Christian Aid Week, which comes to a climax this weekend, and the UK-based development agency's policy and advocacy work, Simon Barrow, co-director of the religion and society think-tank Ekklesia, said:
"Supporting Christian Aid, financially and through its innovative advocacy campaigns, is a real investment in hope.
"Ekklesia is delighted to be able to cooperate with and utilise the important policy and research work through which Christian Aid influences key debates about development, poverty and global justice.
"Religion often gets a bad press for being narrow, sectarian, self-preoccupied and divisive. Christian Aid shows a completely different face to religiously-grounded and motivated conviction, inviting people of all faiths and simply 'good faith' to share the vision of a just, peaceful, generous and hospitable way of living.
"This ethos, as much as what an NGO is able to say and do, makes a huge difference. It is something very much worth celebrating and donating towards in Christian Aid Week."
* The full CA Week report is available here (*.PDF Adobe Acrobat file): http://www.christianaid.org.uk/images/hungry-for-justice.pdf
* Ekklesia's aggregator of news, features, comment and research from Christian Aid: http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/christianaid