Fighting poverty

Everyone should have enough to live in comfort – we will never give up this dream. We work towards economic justice and support innovative pilot projects.

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Dr. Jochen Motte
Executive Secretary
Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation
Rudolfstrasse 137 42285 Wuppertal Germany
Tel.: +49 (0)202 89004-168
Fax: +49 (0)202 89004-179
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UEM's efforts for economic justice

Globalisation has allowed the people of the world to come closer together. In many countries, however, it has also brought increased injustice and exploitation. That’s why we work together with our member churches towards economic justice.

Just working conditions

We join national and international initiatives and campaigns for causes such as debt cancellation for the poorest countries, fair rules in world trade, and binding human rights and environmental standards for multinational corporations. We are also committed to improving working conditions for women in the textile industry and to ending the illegal exploitation of natural resources in crisis areas.

Support unusual ideas

Sometimes unusual ideas are just what are needed to combat poverty – that’s why we also support pilot projects in our member churches. One example was the Basic Income Grant (BIG) in Namibia. The inhabitants of the small Namibian village of Otjivero received a monthly basic income with no conditions attached for a period of two years. The evaluation showed that the crime rate in the village went down, more children went to school, and poverty receded. Microcredit programmes also have brought success These examples give us the courage to continue to take extraordinary steps to promote global economic justice.

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