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ABM Annual Report 2016-2017This year marked the final year of engaging ABM’s five year strategic plan (2012-17). That plan was crafted in a climate where both government and public support for overseas aid still appeared to be on growth trajectory. Accordingly, it was framed to build on ABM’s already impressive track record in this area and factored in an increased commitment to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and opportunities for a greater engagement with schools around issues of poverty and sustainable development. However, with each succeeding year it became obvious that support, especially from government for this work was beginning to decline, which led ABM to begin to review and reset its
strategy.

Specifically, in respect of community development and emergency relief work, it became clear that opportunities for alliances which promoted cooperation and attracted funding support were essential. This encouraged ABM to build a strong commitment to both the Anglican Alliance, which fosters co-operation across the Anglican Communion, and the Churches Agency Network (CAN), which promotes Australian ecumenical co-operation and generates opportunities for joint funding. Although ABM’s own performance in community development and emergency relief work remains strong - I note ABM’s reaccreditation at the full level with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) for its work in the this area has recently been confirmed - these collaborative opportunities will substantially enhance ABM’s ability to engage and support the Anglican Church in responding to the challenges of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Given the general shift in sentiment towards overseas aid, it is vitally important that the Church does not lose its resolve. It is, indeed, lamentable that the success of the MDGS in addressing global poverty has tended to be ignored. The SDGs, which the United Nations has fostered and the General Synod of the Anglican Church has now endorsed, seek to build on this success and focus on those contexts where poverty seems to be the most intractable. It would be a catastrophe if the gains which have been made, were to be lost through complacency or national self-centredness.

These changes in context have also encouraged ABM to reflect once more on its missional theology and practice in light of the Anglican Communion’s ‘five marks of mission’. This has led to a refocussing of ABM’s work and a prudent use of some of ABM’s healthy financial reserves to fund a number of initiatives and pilot programs in key areas. In particular, I would highlight the use of Apps for mission education; the promotion of mutually respectful partnership in Church to Church work including the development of resources; the commitment to Reconciliation and partnering with NATSIAC; the Wontok poverty awareness raising program for schools; the reprioritisation of theological education, most notably in support of Newton Theological College in Papua New Guinea; and the increasing emphasis on proactive disaster preparedness programs. These developments position ABM well as the goals and strategy for the
next five years take shape.

I commend the report and continue to ask for your prayers and support of ABM’s work.

Yours in Christ

The Rev John Deane
Executive Director

 


Past Annual Reports

ABM Annual Report 2015 - 16
ABM Annual Report 2014 – 15

ABM Annual Report 2013
 – 14
ABM Annual Report 2012 – 13
ABM Annual Report 2011 – 12
ABM Annual Report 2010 – 11
ABM Annual Report 2009 – 10
ABM Annual Report 2008 – 09
ABM Annual Report 2007 – 08
ABM Annual Report 2006 – 07