To address Africa’s economic injustice
The African Development Forum seeks to sensitise Black majority churches on the root causes behind Africa’s economic concerns, engage with the global movement calling for rich country Governments and institutions to implement pro poor and pro development trade policies, and campaign against the exploitation of African communities.
Martin Luther king said that the Minister cannot preach the glories of Heaven while ignoring social conditions in his own community that causes people an earthy hell. The German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer was executed by Hitler’s Third Reich for resisting its power and trying to protect its victims. ‘Christianity stands or falls with its revolutionary protest against violence, arbitrariness and pride of power and with its plea for the weak.’ Bonhoeffer wrote.
By identifying, challenging, and ending the root causes of economic injustice in Africa ADF are taking a stronger stand in favour of the weak rather than considering first the possible right of the strong which also includes challenging international trade policies and trade agreements, and an end to damaging liberalisation conditions attached to loans and debt relief. By working with experts in this field ADF are seeking to encourage the African and Caribbean community to do something practical about the consequences of economic injustice.
To address Africa’s changing climate
Creating resources on creation care to encourage learning among the African and Caribbean Diaspora, and raise awareness about the affects of climate change on Africa.
Climate change is an unprecedented threat to food security. Africa is in need of a ‘climate proof’ model of development and massive emission cuts to avoid possible cataclysmic change. The report, Up In Smoke, which updates previous research from the organisations – Oxfam and the New Economics Foundation, says that although the climates across Africa have always been erratic, scientific research ‘indicates new and dangerous extremes.’ Caring for God’s creation is not an optional extra for Christians, but part of our worship, discipleship and mission. The African Development Forum will continue to work with Christian Aid, Tearfund, BMS World Mission and A Rocha- David Bookless, Arocha UK’s Director for Theology and Sustainable churches in developing Creation Care resources for the African and Caribbean Christian communities