UK-based global development agency Christian Aid has paid tribute to Dr Rowan Williams, who has announced that he is to step down as Archbishop of Canterbury later this year.
Christian Aid Director Loretta Minghella commented: "Archbishop Rowan has played an important role in debates around international development, ensuring that the voices of those in poverty are brought to the attention of policy makers both here and abroad."
She continued: "As leader of one of Christian Aid's sponsoring churches, he has been a source of inspiration and support, both to the organisation as a whole and to me personally, encouraging us to be clear and confident about the theological underpinnings of our work and always to search for the best ways to be effective on the ground."
‘We have been particularly grateful for the way he has publicly highlighted important systemic issues - from climate change to economic justice - which must be addressed if our relationships with each other and with future generations are to reflect the will of God. We will miss him very much," said Ms Minghella.