Corruption kills people. It’s a massive barricade against the well-being of the poorest people in the world and accounts for over $1trillion of missing funds.
The eight promises of the Millennium Development Goals are designed to “free our fellow men women and children from the abject and dehumanising conditions of extreme poverty.”
These promises resonate with God’s heart for the poor, and today we respond with angry hope and take encouragement from the small but significant progress made. But we are still a long way from carrying out our commitment to the world’s poor.
We have listened to colleagues from around the world and it has become evident that we cannot deliver on our promises unless we address the issue of poor governance and corruption head on.
Open for Service is a considered contribution to this urgent issue. Building on the momentum of our previous global campaign to remember the poor we aim to raise awareness and provoke Christians to reflect and to act.
Theology and good governance
What does the Bible have to say about governance?
Good governance and the MDGs
What impact does good governance have on achieving the MDGs?
Take action and get involved in the debate
"Poor governance is the one constant that develops, heightens and embeds vulnerability to poverty in nations like ours. [Open for Service] captures the central role that governance plays in the broad agenda of poverty reduction and eradication."
Goodwill Shana, Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe
"Good governance is at the heart of all development progress and the Millennium Campaign welcomes the commitment from Micah Challenge to use the voices of its members to ensure that world leaders govern in a fair, transparent and accountable way... Micah Challenge has a critical role to play in raising the profile of governance issues as they relate to the MDGs and development and in keeping these issues on the public and political agenda."
Corinne Woods, Director, UN Millennium Campaign
"It is exciting to see the Church, through Micah Challenge, take up the issue of good governance as central to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. I have no doubts in my mind that this website would be useful for any strong advocate of social justice."
Abi Akinyemi, Senior Policy Adviser (Economic Justice), Tearfund