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Published on 26 February 2024

This new agreement stems from our shared values and a history of working together.'

The Anglican Alliance and Christian Aid have signed a new three year partnership agreement that will see them working together to tackle extreme poverty initially in Bangladesh, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, with strengthened collaboration in other countries to follow.

Conceived at the 2008 Lambeth Conference of Bishops, the Anglican Alliance was formally established in 2011. It's mandated to provide a convening platform for development, relief and advocacy work across the churches and agencies of the global Anglican Communion.

Christian Aid is the official development and humanitarian agency of the British and Irish churches, and has worked through partnerships since 1945 to overcome poverty, by addressing its underlying causes.

The two organisations will create a steering group to develop annual plans with agreed targets and regular reviews. 

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Representatives from Christian Aid and The Anglican Alliance shaking hands after launching new partnership.
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The Memorandum of Understanding between the two organisations will initially focus on three areas of work:

  • Helping communities living on the front line of climate change, in particular by helping young people to advocate for stewardship of Creation and an increase in much needed climate finance for impacted communities.
  • Supporting churches and their congregations to build resilience and preparedness before disasters strike,  building on local expertise. 
  • Shifting beliefs, attitudes and practices to promote equality and reduce violence and conflict.

The Anglican Alliance family of churches and agencies is well-placed to address both the causes and symptoms of extreme poverty, listening to and equipping people with skills, knowledge and support

- Rev Rachel Carnegie.
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Rev Rachel Carnegie stood next to Christian Aid CEO, Patrick Watt.
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Christian Aid CEO, Patrick Watt, and Rev Rachel Carnegie.

The world faces huge challenges, with climate change and conflict causing real harm to some of the poorest and most vulnerable people and Christian Aid is uniquely placed to help meet these challenges, as a trusted and respected partner. This new agreement stems from our shared values and a history of working together and I look forward to seeing the benefits on the ground for people facing some of the world’s toughest challenges.

- Patrick Watt, CEO of Christian Aid.

I welcome this new partnership between Christian Aid and the Anglican Alliance. It builds on their shared vision, working globally with churches and others to tackle poverty and injustice, reflecting the Gospel priority of a bias for the poor.

- Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury .

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