10 Apr

Campus 2015 “Reaching Out to Those Whose Voices Are Still Not Heard”

campusCampus is an annual seminar of ATD International, organized by its Research Centre.

It offers researchers and professionals an opportunity to share their work and their questions related to chronic poverty and the commitments necessary to bring poverty to an end.

Using an interdisciplinary approach, it offers also the opportunity to study in depth how the ideas of Joseph Wresinski (1917-1988), founder of All Together in Dignity, are relevant to today’s issues.

Research and various approaches related to chronic poverty and social exclusion raise ethical, methodological and epistemological questions. Discussion sheds light on these questions in a new way for academics, researchers and practitioners at various levels.

Their highly diverse backgrounds ensure a dialogue that is both open and rooted in real
life. Ever since its first session in 2003, each annual Campus has been an opportunity to learn from one another while remaining open to the questions raised by the expectations of excluded populations.

Campus is also a convivial time with opportunities for informal meetings and discussions. For this reason participants are invited to stay at the International Centre of ATD in the Val d’Oise area of France, outside of Paris for the duration of the seminar. The seminar can accommodate sixty participants. In 2015, the working languages will be English, French and Spanish.

Campus 2015 will take place from 24 August to 28 August 2015 at the International Congress Center of ATD Fourth World located in Pierrelaye (Val d’Oise). It’s central question will be: Why should society be “Reaching Out to Those Whose Voices Are Still Not Heard”?

Read more about Campus 2015

Contact: etudes.recherche@atd-quartmonde.org


08 Apr

ATD Ireland prepares a “Geneviève de Gaulle” week in Dublin!

Presse-papiers-2On 27thMay, the remains of Geneviève De Gaulle Anthonioz, the niece of General de Gaulle, will be placed in the Pantheon in Paris with three other people for their role as leading members in the French resistance Movement during the Second World War. The Pantheon is dedicated to famous and important French citizens, whose lives are recognised for their exceptional action .

From 23rd May to 1st June 2015, ATD Ireland plans to organise a week of events highlighting the life and commitments of Geneviève De Gaulle Anthonioz.

This special week will be dedicated to making her more widely known and an opportunity to explain the role she took as former President of ATD Fourth World France for 35 years .

ATD will organise the following activities:

  • An exhibition about the life of Geneviève De Gaulle Anthonioz in the multimedia library of the Alliance Française (Kildare Street) will offer resources showing her courage as a member of the French resistance movement, her subsequent capture and later imprisonment in Ravensbruck concentration camp. It will illustrate her very influential political activism after the second World War and how it led to her supporting Joseph Wresinski in founding ATD, a Movement with families experiencing chronic  poverty.  The  exhibition will include books, a significant visual presentation and the screening of videos in which Genevieve De Gaulle Anthonioz talks about her life.
  • Pupils/students of the French Lycee and the German School (with support from the French Embassy) will be involved in creative workshops about Geneviève De Gaulle Anthonioz and her active citizenship.  ATD Ireland is preparing a resource kit for teachers to use with their pupils or students.
  • A public event will be organised with partners in Dublin to mark the entry of Geneviève De Gaulle to the Panthéon. The major theme of this event will be “active citizenship” and taking place ahead of the Climate Summit in Paris (December 2015) the UN Summit in New-York on the Post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (Sept 2015).
  • ATD will also contact Irish authors/academics who wrote about the De Gaulle family and about their Irish family links to involve them in the week.
  • On 1st June 2015, the women’s 10 km mini marathon will take place in Dublin. ATD wishes to mobilise a female public to run wearing a T-shirt calling for “Active Citizenship” which will relate to  the citizen commitment of this inspirational woman.
  • A specific ATD meeting with the members and supporters of ATD Ireland is also planned during the week. It aims to examine in more detail, the role she played in the development of ATD France and this impact on French social policy.

For people interested, please contact pierre@atdireland.ie

01 Apr

Agents of change – The active role of people living in poverty in monitoring and accountability

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ATD invites you to a Dóchas Events on 16 April, 9.30am-3.30pm, Woodquay venue, Dublin.

Participate 2015 and Dóchas will run an advocacy workshop on the active role of people living in poverty in monitoring and accountability of the  new Sustainable Development Framework.

In September 2015, the member states of the United Nations are set to agree a new global agreement on how to tackle the world’s most pressing problems, including poverty, inequality and environmental destruction.

This new “Sustainable Development Framework” will have binding consequences for all UN member states, and will therefore also impact on Ireland’s own development in a number of policy areas, such as energy, transport, agriculture and environment.

The Participate 2015 and Dóchas workshop will present research findings from the Participate Initiative, which focuses on the experiences of marginalised people and those living in greatest poverty. The initiative brings together participatory research programmes in 29 countries. This research connects the unfiltered voices of those most affected by poverty and exclusion with global decision-making processes, and seeks to inform and influence the post-2015 debate

This workshop seeks to bring together key actors, showcase findings from participatory research, pose key questions, identify learning’s and build support for advocacy during the final phase of negotiating a new global agreement.

Focusing in on the Irish context, participants will also explore what participatory monitoring could/should look like in practice and what it would require. Given the universality of the SDG’s this multi-stakeholder conversation is extremely relevant.

Register here.

01 Apr

ATD Ireland welcomes the publication of a handbook on the Implementation of the Investing in Children EC Recommendation


ATD Ireland with all other members of the European Alliance of Investing in Children, welcomes the publication of  a new handbook on the Implementation of the Investing in Children EU Recommendation . The 2013 European Commission Recommendation “Investing in Children: Breaking the cycle of disadvantage” presented a comprehensive policy approach to child poverty and well-being.

The new Implementation Handbook by Eurochild and its partners in the Alliance of Investing in Children, shows how Member States can translate the policy guidelines into action.  It is a key asset for legislators, policy makers and decision makers, as well as a resource tool to support national and sub-national level advocacy in the field of child poverty and well-being for collective influencing.

Almost 28% of children and young people in the EU are at risk of poverty or social exclusion, and only eight European countries guarantee adequate access to early childhood education and care (Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Malta, Slovenia, Finland, Sweden and Norway, according to Key Data on Early Childhood Education and Care in Europe – Eurydice and Eurostat 2014 Report).

Despite the most widespread form of poverty in the EU is monetary poverty, child poverty is not only about growing up in families that are income poor. It is also about not living in adequate or safe housing, not having access to affordable and quality education and health care, not being adequately protected or supported, and not having equal opportunities to thrive.

The “Implementation Handbook – Putting the Investing in Children Recommendation into Practice” traces the emergency of combatting child poverty in Europe and demonstrates how the European Commission Recommendation can be implemented in practice. It presents 15 promising examples of existing practices and policies across Europe that put the EU policy guidance into action and explains the process and methodology for collecting those examples.

In her handbook’s foreword,  Vĕra Jourová, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, stresses that:  “Throughout the Handbook we are reminded that poverty can have a negative impact on children’s lives, with far-reaching consequences on their future participation in the labour market and society. Investing in children is therefore more than a moral duty. It is also an economic, social and political imperative”.

Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, also welcomed the initiative of the EU Alliance. She particularly highlights “its broad focus, the fact that it proposes an integrated approach and the many practical case studies”.

Testimonies from Spain and the UK

The Alliance has initiated two national pilots in Spain and the United Kingdom to achieve child poverty reduction and to advocate for the effective implementation of the Investing in Children Recommendation.

“More than 32% of children are living at risk of poverty and social exclusion in Spain. Public budgets have a key role in the capacity of reducing child poverty and inequality. Our latest study shows that more than 6,000 € million were cut from Spanish budgets since 2010”, said Gabriel González-Bueno, UNICEF Spain Domestic Policy and Advocacy Officer and coordinator of the Spanish Alliance for Investing in Children.

According to a report published by the UK Alliance for Investing in Children, coordinated by Children in Wales, the number of children living in absolute poverty has risen by 300,000 since 2010/11 in the UK, more than 30% of country’s children. “The UK Alliance members will continue to call for the UK and devolved Governments to fully implement the EC Recommendation through their respective communication and engagement channels with political leads.(…) Not investing in children now will undoubtedly see far greater challenges presented to society for generations to come,” says the UK Alliance.

About the EU Alliance for Investing in Children

In 2014, 24 European Networks and organisations sharing a commitment to end child poverty and to promote child well-being across Europe, set up an EU Alliance for Investing in Children to jointly advocate for better policy outcomes through the implementation of the EC Recommendation “Investing in Children: Breaking the Cycle of Disadvantage” at the national / regional / local level. This broad Alliance aims to expand and deepen the cooperation at EU level and facilitate meaningful and sustainable alliances at national level.

The EU Alliance for Investing in Children, coordinated by Eurochild, was supported in 2014 by the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity – PROGRESS / EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation. The EU Alliance for Investing in Children plans to continue as an informal cooperation.

Partners of the EU Alliance for Investing in Children:  Eurochild, UNICEF EU Office, SOS Children’s Villages International, Save the Children EU Office, Caritas – Europa, EAPN – European Anti-Poverty Network, All Together in Dignity  – ATD Fourth World, Alliance for Childhood,  Dynamo International – Street Workers Network, , EASPD – European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities, ECSA – European Child Safety Alliance, ENSA – European Network of Social Authorities, EPA – The European Parents Association, EPHA –  European Public Health Alliance, ESN – European Social Network, Eurodiaconia, EuroHealthNet, FEANTSA – European Federation of National Organisations working with the Homeless, ISSA – The International Step by Step Association, Mental Health Europe, PICUM – Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants, COFACE – Confederation of Family Organisations in the European Union, Don Bosco International, ELIANT Network.

Contact: agata.daddato@eurochild.org   Phone +32 (0)2 211 05 54