February 11 Session 1
Opening Prayers from Bishop Tony Robinson
The conference began with addresses from Michael Taylor and Joel Edwards.
Rev Professor Michael Taylor is emeritus professor of Social Theology at the University of Birmingham. Previously he was Director of Christian Aid for twelve years from 1985–97, and from 2001–04 was seconded by the University to be Director of the World Faiths Development Dialogue. He was closely involved in the creation of the Centre for the Study of Global Ethics. He was President of the Jubilee 2000 Debt Campaign and chairs several NGOs.
Michael's talk is available in two parts Part 1 (8MB) Part 2 (5MB)
Joel Edwards is the International Director of Micah Challenge, a coalition that seeks to deepen Christian engagement with poverty and hold governments to account for their promises in the MDGs. Prior to taking on this role, he was the Director of the Evangelical Alliance.
Joel's talk is available here (8MB)
February 11 Session 2
How does the way that Christians think about poverty affect our work in development?
Rachel Carnegie and Paul Spray
Rachel Carnegie The Archbishop of Canterbury Secretary for International Development
The Revd Rachel Carnegie has worked in international development since 1985. Her main focus has been on the health and development of children and young people and on responses to HIV, working with both secular and faith-based organisations. She has worked extensively in Asia and Africa, with organisations including UNICEF, Save the Children, the Child-to-Child Trust, and, most recently, Tearfund.
Paul Spray is the Head of Policy for Traidcraft. Previously, he worked at DFID, where his roles included Head of Research, Head of DFID Nigeria, and Head of the Latin America and Caribbean department. Before joining DFID he was Head of Aid and then Policy and Campaigns Director of Christian Aid. He has also worked for CIIR (now Progressio) on the Southern Africa desk.
Sabina Alkire directs the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, which created the new Multidimensional Poverty Index, used by the 2010 UN Human Development Report. She is also a founding member of EGR, a grassroots organisation that helps churches work for a fairer economy and the elimination of extreme poverty through the Millennium Development Goals.
Skills training Workshops
Panel discussion "What replaces poverty? Examples of Positive change.
Paul Valentin, Bridget Walker and Fanen Ade
Panel discussion "The local church and the vision of positive change"
Eunice Attwood, Matthew Frost, Linda Mead
Closing Worship - speaker Rachel Carnegie