Tearfund is committed to tackling the root causes of poverty through advocacy, which it defines as 'Influencing the decisions, policies and practices of powerful decision-makers, to address underlying causes of poverty, bring justice and support good development.’

Advocacy never just raises awareness of an issue, problem or situation. It always seeks to change the policies, practices, systems, structures, decisions and attitudes that are causing the issue, problem or situation, in favour of people living in poverty and injustice.

Tearfund is involved in advocacy work because it:

  • Challenges power structures and systems of injustice
  • Provides long-term solutions to situations of poverty and injustice
  • Views people as agents of change in their own communities

You also can read about Tearfund’s advocacy and campaigning work by visiting the Policy and research section and the Campaigning section on Tearfund.org