They heard that economic empowerment is a “key mission” for the Church in the opening address from the Most Rev Eliud Wabukala, Archbishop of Kenya.
All over the world, especially in developing countries, communities and individuals are constantly challenged with the ability to attain sustainable livelihoods due to structural and social constraints that have blocked access and sustainability.
Anglican Churches in most developing countries have accompanied communities and families in unlocking their potential and improving quality of life. Despite these gains, the chain of poverty, marginalization and inaccessibility has continued, especially among smallholders.
It is against some of these contexts that the Anglican Alliance for development, relief, and advocacy organised a four day global workshop for development practitioners and policy makers representing different Anglican Provinces from Africa, Asia and Latin America. The gathering brought together 40 delegates, who participated in the consultation keenly to explore ways of unblocking the bottlenecks and structural construct that perpetuate inequality, poverty, hunger and inaccessibility.
Through Biblical and theological reflections, presentation of technical papers, field visits and case studies of model projects, participants explored which communities were most affected by poverty and why, and how best to empower people to move out of poverty in different contexts. Some of the themes that emerged from the discussions were:
– Food security and agriculture
– Micro finance and credit
– Integrated theological reflection
– Health micro-insurance.
All of these were discussed in the framework of economic empowerment as part of improving livelihoods and supporting communities.
At the end of the consultation, different regions agreed on specific programmatic action points for implementation in their respective regions. The four regional facilitators will provide guidance and support toward the effective implementation of the agreed agenda. The delegates also agreed on active partnership formation and advocacy as tools for advancing and responding to the problems of poverty, inaccessibility, denial and marginalisation.
This event was organised in collaboration with the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa (CAPA), which is the coordinating body of the social and pastoral programmes of the Anglican Churches in Africa. These two bodies (Alliance and CAPA)complement each other by bringing together the work of the Anglican Churches worldwide in realising south – to south learning and sharing.
Visit www.anglicanalliance.org for additional information about the workshop including the outcomes document, presentations and recordings of some of the keynote speeches.