Tearfund engages in research about some of the root causes of poverty and develops recommendations for the best ways of tackling them – in terms of both good practice guidelines and policy recommendations for governments and other bodies. We have some priority areas for our global advocacy, but also support partners to conduct research and formulate recommendations on a wider range of issues. We frequently do this in collaboration with others.
The effects of climate change include food insecurity, reduced water availability, ill health, loss of biodiversity and an increase in extreme weather events – all of which hit the poorest hardest.
Disaster Risk Reduction refers to measures used to reduce disaster losses. It is a key tool for delivering adaptation to climate change.
There is enough food in the world for everyone, but those living in poverty don't have enough nutritious food. They face challenges of low investment in agriculture, competition over land and water, climate change and power imbalances on the market.
Poor governance is a product of dysfunctional relationships between the state and its citizens, and has a negative impact on poor people.
An estimated 34 million people worldwide are currently living with HIV. HIV is exacerbated by poverty, which accelerates the spread and impact of the virus. The vast majority of people with HIV are from low-and middle-income countries.
Water and sanitation cuts through the centre of development work. It is integral to health, nutrition, education, livelihoods, gender equality and the environment.
Trade – at the local, regional and international level – has the potential to act as a driver of development and to enable millions of people to lift themselves out of poverty. Justice in trade is key in the fight against poverty.
Tearfund seeks to contribute to discussions about poverty and justice and development initiatives such as the Millennium Development Goals and the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, by sharing a Christian perspective with others.
Here you can find all our archived reports for climate change, Disaster Risk Reduction, HIV, water and sanitation, and several other issues.