Poverty Alleviation and Economic Opportunity

We unite to use our combined resources for nonviolent, compassionate action.
Quested Peace CC helps refugees in Jordan

Conflicts arise in areas where resources are scarce, and desperate competition pits neighbors against each other. URI Cooperation Circles address the roots of the conflict so everyone has access to increased opportunities, making peace possible.

Examples of our work in this Action Area:

  • In Nigeria, the Center for Environmental Education and Development helps small farmers retain the rights to their farmland when corporations and mining companies try to take it away.
  • Action for Girijan Development, in Bhadrachalam, India, has filed 24 legal cases for compensation on behalf of exploited tribal women, and provides self-help and career skills training.
  • In the Africa Great Lakes region, Latter Glory of Religions in Busoga CC members teach families the importance of sending girl children to school along with their brothers, breaking the cycle of poverty for women and allowing them to pursue careers, which enriches the community as a whole.
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Stories

Seeking Change for the Poor, Cooperation Circles Participate National Campaign

Fifty years after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., many feel it is time for another revival — not a religious revival, but one that will initiate a new era of dignity and honor for all people. And so, in 2018, thousands of participants are launching a new Poor People’s Campaign.

The Power in the Breaking of Bread Together — Super Suppers

Three Cooperation Circles/Affiliates in the United Religions Initiative North America region have unique approaches to using food to build community. We present their stories in a three-part series on this topic. Keep reading to hear the story of Super Suppers - how cooking and serving food to those who need it can bring people together.