Global Anglicans, the Alliance’s first online debate run last week, brought together people from all over the world to discuss the post-2015 development agenda with Anglican leaders and experts in the field.
The Alliance are now looking to October, when Anglicans will attend the first global workshop to be run entirely online.
A full-day event, our next webinar brings together country hubs across the Communion to take part in training and discussion on economic empowerment. Experts from the UK will present to six global hubs, which will each gather up to 15 participants to view the event online.
Following initial presentations, the groups will split off for in-country discussions, and then return to the online forum where they will each provide feedback in a plenary session.
The development of these online workshops follows the success of the Alliance’s webinar last week, when Anglicans logged in to join Archbishop Mauricio Andrade from Brazil, Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi from Burundi, and Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, former deputy secretary general of the UN.
With each presenter outlining their view of development and the progress of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which are set to expire in 2015, the debate moved on to discuss the post-2015 agenda and the priorities that need to be addressed for developing countries to move forward.
Great engagement from the webinar’s attendees was highlighted in the thought-provoking questions submitted to the panel. David Hallam, head of the post-2015 team at the Department for International Development, chaired the panel discussion, and brought key questions and topics to each presenter.
Popular topics for discussion included women’s empowerment, due to the lack of progress in this area since the MDGs were established in 2000, economic empowerment, environmental sustainability, and the church’s role in development.
Global Anglicans were keen to address the gaps in the MDGs and ask how these might be addressed in the new set of development goals.
Economic empowerment, as one of these gaps, will be addressed by the Anglican Alliance in the upcoming online workshop.