'Faith-based' programmes often get a bad press, especially when they are seen to compromise welfare with proseytising motives. But Jonathan C. Bergman shows in relation to the experience in Haiti, one year after the tragic 2010 earthquake, that there is another, positive side to the story.
The UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator yesterday told delegates attending the Ministerial Conference on Haiti that health care, food, water and shelter are top priorities for quake survivors.
A major earthquake has hit Haiti, one of the poorest nations on earth. Thousands are feared dead, injured or displaced in and around the capital Port au Prince after the quake. Governments and aid agencies are pledging rapid assistance.
Progressio has welcomed a pledge by Gordon Brown to ensure the UK government spends 0.7% of national income on aid to the world’s poorest - but says says that adaption funds for climate change must also be a top priority.
Urging support for decent funding for international aid programmes, 59 of the 65 synod bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) have signed a letter calling on members of the US Congress to act.
The Micah Challenge coalition in Australia has welcomed the government’s continued commitment to overseas development in the 2009-10 aid budget announced on 13 May, but says that there is a long way to go in securing justice for the poor.