USPG is an Anglican mission agency, founded in 1701, supporting churches around the world in their mission to bring fullness of life to the communities they serve. Theologically, practically and financially, we encourage and enable churches in the Anglican Communion to act as the hands and feet of Christ.

In relationship with our local and global partners, we work to enliven faith, unlock potential, strengthen relationships and promote justice, so churches and communities are empowered to improve peace, livelihoods, education, health and their preparedness for disaster. We are partner-led, mission-driven and people-centred.

USPG and the Sustainable Development Goals

Between our partners globally there is no SDG that they are not working towards. We work with them and support them in working towards the goals most relevant in their own context.

For example, in Zambia The programme is aiming to reduce women’s vulnerability and Gender-based Violence (GBV) in three areas within the Diocese of Luapula. The programme is increasing knowledge and changing attitudes and practices that perpetuate GBV. It is also improving and promoting access to GBV services and empowering GBV survivors through training in entrepreneurship skills and legal rights. In Sri Lanka we are supporting the work of the Estate Community Development Mission (ECDM), which was set up by the Church of Ceylon to support tea plantation workers in Sri Lanka. ECDM works with all workers, irrespective of religion, caste or ethnicity. In particular, the organisation wants to help empower women and children through grassroots women's groups, nurseries and schools. In addition, the church is engaged in advocacy work with plantation communities to seek legal rights for tea plantation workers and their families. In Brazil we are supporting a human rights and social action programme in the Amazon which is helping local communities to find a route out of exploitation and poverty.

In the UK we are coordinating an interfaith group who are looking at the domestic implementation of the SDGs. In 2018 it will focus on developing a resource for different faiths, linking their theology to the SDGs and encouraging action in response to each goal. The group will also work to encourage government to take the necessary actions to achieve the SDGs domestically.

We are also working with the Anglican Alliance to develop 17 Bible studies introducing Churches globally to the SDGs and linking them with their theology.

To find out more about USPG please contact Emma Bridger