Inequality, Corruption and the Church Challenges and Opportunities in the Global Church
Why are economic inequalities greatest in the southern countries where most people are christians? This book teases out the web of influences that have created this situation, and concludes that Christians could help reduce economic inequalities by opposing corruption. Interviews with key informants in the Philippines, Kenya, Zambia and Peru reveal the opportunities and challenges for Christians as they face up to corruption.
Endorsements & Reviews-
This is a compelling, insightful and timely book. Martin Allaby tackles an issue that has been largely ignored in the Protestant Church: the 'cancer' of corruption. This book is an urgent wake-up call for Protestants and Christians in general. --Roberto Laver, International lawyer and Rule of Law practitioner, Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School
All those interested in the fate of Christianity in contemporary Africa should read this important and carefully researched book. Martin Allaby is to be congratulated on revealing important challenges that some African churches today must face. --Professor John Toye, Chair of the Advisory Council, Oxford University Department of International Development
Martin doesn't shrink back from tackling taboo issues such as why the church doesn't seem to have made as much progress as expected in tackling corruption - both internally and in society as a whole. Suggestions that the church has been too detached or compromised make uneasy reading, particularly when corruption is strongly linked to increased poverty, poor quality services such as health and education, and a lack of access to justice. The book also serves as a clear call to action that Christians need to do more to tackle corruption, both as individuals and as part of the wider church and society.' --Graham Gordon, Senior Policy Adviser - Governance and Corruption, Tearfund
Martin Allaby is a British public health doctor and researcher who has worked for ten years in south Asia and conducted field research in Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam, the Philippines, Kenya, Zambia and Peru. During the Maoist insurgency and revolution in Nepal he helped the United Mission to Nepal focus its strategy on poverty reduction, and worked for the UK Department for International Development on health sector reform. His experiences have convinced him that corruption is a potent cause of poverty, and that the church needs to do more about it. He chairs an NGO in Oxford called Faith in Government and earns his living at the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence in London.