Christians around the world raising their voices in a united response against corruption and poverty.
EXPOSED is a coalition of Christian Organisations that aims to challenge the global Church, business and governments to highlight the impact of corruption on the poorest of the poor. The EXPOSED coalition partners include the Bible Society of the United Kingdom, the Bible Society of North America, The Salvation Army, Unashamedly Ethical and Micah Challenge International.
Corruption is by its very nature deliberately hidden. This is one of the greatest obstacles when dealing with extreme poverty. The EXPOSED campaign aims to mobilise Christians to join with wider society in exposing the practices that oppress the poor.
Through mismanagement, illicit business practices and poor governance, well over US$1 TRILLION goes missing every year! A report by the Global Financial Integrity group suggests that corruption and tax evasion cost the developing world as much as $903bn in 2009. In September 2005 a Transparency International report showed that poor women in some parts of the world would have to pay an average of US$22 in bribes for maternal services when having their babies.
Dr. Goodwill Shana, head of the Christian denominations in Zimbabwe says that while corruption is present everywhere from the boardrooms of corporations in developed countries to the dusty streets of developing nations, it plays a far more significant role in Africa by keeping the poor in the unrelenting grip of destitution.
Corinne Woods, director for the United Nations Millennium Development Programme indicates that EVERY individual has a part to play in combating corruption which erodes the promises of the Millennium declaration “…we will spare no effort to free our fellow men, women and children from the abject and dehumanizing conditions of extreme poverty, to which more than a billion of them are currently subjected.”
Rev Joel Edwards, chair of EXPOSED steering committee said, “Our job is to provide a forum in which 100 million Christians will remind ourselves and the world of God’s passion for the poor”.
What can you do? Join us in mobilizing support for EXPOSED 2013!