25 Sep

Enda, End it! ATD marks the first anniversary of the #GlobalGoals!

On Peace Day (21 September) and on the very days of the first anniversary of the SDGs members of ATD Ireland celbrated the historic 2030 Agenda in different ways:

–   with volunteers from many NGOs we met the public in Grafton Street to raise awareness about this transformative agenda,

–  with many ATD volunteers we planned a series of “Leave No One Behind” conversations with Irish citizens to be run in 2017,

– with a wide range of organisations from various sectors (development, environment, global education, community groups, anti-poverty, human rights, migration, disabilities, trade unions…) we are preparing the setting up of the “Coalition 2030”,

– we also wrote to the Taoiseach and to all TDs and Senators to remind them that there is no time to waste! Read our open letter here!

Below discover some great teasers promoting the 2030 Agenda at the occasion of the anniversary!



21 Sep

Peace Day 2016: ATD launched the final volume of “Artisans of Peace”


How can there be less violence and more peace in the world?

Despite peacekeeping forces, demonstrations, and calls for tolerance and mutual understanding, our societies remain rife with bitterness that gives birth to violence in many forms.

The 3 volumes of the Artisans of Peace Overcoming Poverty series tell the stories of partners in peace-building whose efforts have too often remained unrecognised

The 3 books wer written in close collaboration with people living in poverty around the world. Part of ATD’s grassroots work involves not only inviting people in poverty to speak about their personal experiences in their own words, but also creating opportunities for them to meet with their peers around the world. In this way, people who know first-hand what it means to be victimised by stereotypes lead us to a new understanding of the violence of poverty. They know what it means to speak up about this violence and they see every day the choices people make to work towards peace. They have a powerful message about how we can work to build a more peaceful world.

Artisans of Peace Volumes can be purchased on Amazon as a paperback (here volume 3) or can be downloaded for free as PDFs:

13 Sep

ATD’s new participatory research is underway: measuring poverty differently!


ATD International and the Social Policy Institute of the Oxford University launched two weeks ago a participatory research project to develop new measures of poverty. The project did start with a seminar in Villarceaux, France, from 5 to 10 September 2016, with representatives of all the countries involved: Bangladesh, Bolivia, Tanzania, and the UK for the main project; and the USA, Ukraine, and France for satellite projects.

The research will be carried out until June 2019. It will generate proposals about how to measure poverty, and these will be processed by statisticians to define new indicators. For ATD’s expenses of the project, the French Development Agency will provide 44% of the financing. ATD International is still looking for the remaining 56%.

Xavier Godinot, from ATD’s research institute, and Professor Robert Walker, from the University of Oxford, will coordinate the work of the national research teams, under the supervision of the international experts on the Academic Advisory Panel.

Some pictures from the launching seminar of the project
in Villarceaux, France, from 5 to 10 September 2016

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12 Sep

Coming together and growing together to #LeaveNoOneBehind!


ATD Ireland as well as 23 other projects around the country are supported by the Social Inclusion Division of the Department of Social Protection to mark next UN Day for the Eradication of Poverty, around next 17 October.

As usual, ATD will be involved with the Irish 17 October Committee in the preparation of the national commemoration at the Human Rights and Poverty Stone in Dublin (close to the Famine Statues on Custom House Quay, Dublin 1). This commemoration will take place on Monday 17 October 2016 from 11am to 12.15pm. On the eve of the UN Day, on Sunday 16 October 2016, the Committee organises also a candlelit vigil at the Dublin Famine Statues starting at 7pm.

To follow the observance of the UN Day in Ireland and worldwide:

In Ireland, the theme of the Day will be: Growing together to leave no one behind! This theme focuses on the challenge for many stakeholders to come together and learn to collaborate and transform themselves in order to achieve by 2030 the new Sustainable Development Agenda. Goal 17 of the SDGs is one major 17 October goals: to grow together to achieve partnerships for the #GlobalGoals! One partnership that is at the centre of the UN Day message is the partnership with the people affected themselves, that is why the national commemoration will focus, as it always did, on creating a space to listen and learn from people with experience of poverty.

The 2016 International theme of the day is also connected to the Global Goals and the challenge of creating genuine participation of the people and populations affected by poverty. The theme this year is ‘Moving from humiliation and exclusion to participation: Ending poverty in all its forms‘. You can read more about this theme on the Irish Committee Website.