Good News, Bad News (Part 3)
Joel Edwards on how the world – and Australia in particular – is doing at ending extreme poverty.
In the year 2000 The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) laid out a bold vision for the ways the developed world could assist the poorest countries out of poverty and find ways to foster better environments for the most vulnerable people and communities on the planet. The aim was to halve extreme poverty by 2015.
How did it go?
The Rev Dr Joel Edwards is the International Director of Micah Challenge – a coalition of Christian organisations that aimed to hold governments to account for their pledges made at the turn of the century. He was in Australia with TEAR international and we caught up with him to discuss the progress of the MDGs. In these videos he discusses what’s gone well; where there’s still a lot of work to do; how Australia has fallen short of its potential role in the fight to end extreme poverty; and why Christians must be all about justice.