The economic and financial crisis could wipe up to $41 billion from the United Kingdom aid budget for developing countries over the next seven years, says research from the Catholic development agency CAFOD.
Christian denominations working through the ecumenical Action of Churches Together and the Catholic network Caritas are contributing short- and long-term aid to those hit by hurricanes and tropical storms recently.
Some 130 supporters of the Catholic Fund for Overseas Development (CAFOD)took to the saddle last weekend for a sponsored bike ride to raise money to support the aid agency's vital poverty-fighting work around the world.
A group of senior British development agencies, including Christian Aid and CAFOD, have said the humanitarian situation in Gaza is worse now than at any time since 1967 and have denounced Israel's "collective punishment" policy.
Manufacturing giant Tate & Lyle's decision to switch its retail cane sugars range to Fair Trade has been welcomed by development campaigners and church aid agencies - but the need to move the social justice agenda in economics remains.