11 May

ATD and the OECD call on the International Community to address the Hidden Dimensions of Poverty

“Ending poverty in all its forms everywhere” – the overarching goal of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – reflects the growing consensus on the need to consider other dimensions, beyond monetary ones, when thinking about poverty.

To improve the global understanding of multidimensional poverty, the International Movement ATD Fourth World, together with researchers from Oxford University, launched in 2016 an international research project in six countries (Bangladesh, Bolivia, France, Tanzania, the United Kingdom and the United States) to identify the key dimensions of poverty and their relationships.

The project is based on a “Merging Knowledge” methodology, in which practitioners, academics, and people facing poverty are co-researchers. In this methodology, the different types of knowledge resulting from action, academic research, and life experiences are built first in an independent way through meetings with peer groups, then merged to enrich one another, resulting in new insights about the reality of poverty. This process has led to the identification of 9 key poverty dimensions that, despite differences in the daily lives of poor people across countries, are surprisingly similar.

The project, funded by the French Department of International Development (AFD) and others, reached completion.

During a conference organised by the OECD Centre for Opportunity and Equality and the International Movement ATD Fourth World,  the authors presented national and international outcomes of this research, where the insights and questions raised by the project was shared and discussed with participants. The conference aimed to establish a dialogue among the six National Research Teams and participants on how to move forward in the areas of measurement, policy and action.

For three years, people living in poverty, professionals and academics worked together to clarify how we understand poverty and its multi-dimensional aspects. Research teams defined nine interdependent dimensions common to all six countries. The long-term goal of this project is to help develop better policies to eradicate of poverty.

Download the full “The Hidden Dimensions of Poverty” report.

Programme (PDF)

Concept note (PDF)

With the financial support of AFD

06 May

The NEIC “Corner Stones” project in video and pictures!

At the occasion of 2019 World Day of Social Justice, ATD invited all citizens interested to the launch of “Corner Stones”, a creative project aiming to prepare an artistic piece with the 700 decorated stones created dutring the “Your Rights Are Written in Stone” Campaign run in 2018!

From February 20th to April 27th, a series of workshop have been be held in the North East Inner City to design and eventually create the “Corner Stones”. Some of these “Corner Stones” will find their place in the NEC Farmer’s Hill Communnity Garden once renovated (as part of the larger “Rutland School” renovation project).

Here is the video recorded during the final community workshop on April 27th 2019!

The “Corner Stones Slabs” created during the project were finally displayed during the Community Concert marking the 20 years of ATD in Ireland! On the picture here below, Maureen O’Sullivan speaking in front of the Peace symbol created with all the “Corner Stones”.

This project is supported by a grant from the 2018 NEIC local grants round 2 Programme.

Discover here some pictures from the workshops!

05 May

The 20th Anniversary of ATD in Ireland marked in Dublin

On Saturday May 4th, 150 people from Ireland and abroad gathered to celebrate the 20th anniversary of All Together in Dignity’s activities in Ireland and the 10th anniversary of ATD being registered as an Irish charity.

All Together in Dignity (ATD Ireland)  is a active member of ATD Fourth World, the change making international human-rights movement working through grass-roots projects in partnership with people living in poverty in 35 countries in the Global South and North.

For the past 20 years, ATD in Ireland has been close to family members facing persistent poverty and struggling daily to live in dignity. 

This landmark has been being celebrated with an anniversary concert in the heart of Dublin’s north inner city.  Along with the Island of Ireland Peace Choir and other singers and musicians (the High Hopes Choir, Aine and Cathal Holland), special guests included:

  • Former Irish Ambassador to the United Nations, co-facilitator of the UN Agenda 2030, David Donoghue
  • Stephane Crouzat, French Ambassador
  • Bernadette Scheid, Deputy Belgium Ambassador
  • Fr. Peter McVery SJ
  • Maureen O’Sullivan TD
  • Michael Doorley, Concern Worldwide
  • Barbara Walshe, Chair of Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation
  • Current and previous members of the ATD Volunteer Corps working in Ireland

The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, wrote a congratulatory message for this anniversary event: “Those who volunteer for All Together in Dignity are inspiring examples of that spirit of solidarity, offering friendship and support to those who live with poverty and social exclusion every day, struggling to create futures of hope for themselves and their families.”
At the event, it was read by Barbara Walshe, former ATD Board member and current Chair of the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation.
The full message of President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins is  here.


The concert marked some of ATD Ireland’s major achievements over the last 20 years including:

  • In cooperation with the Irish 17 October Committee, staging the annual commemoration of the UN End Poverty Day on 17 October in Dublin and other locations throughout Ireland, 2000 – 2018. The installation of the Human Rights and Poverty Stone in 2008 on the Customs House Quay, Dublin 1, as a central gathering point for the UN Day commemoration.
  • The innovative Cross-Community Programme supported by the Combat Poverty Agency, 2004 -2007, bringing people experiencing hardship from different disadvantaged communities in Dublin to discuss important issues for them and their families in a series of monthly meetings.
  • Following the visit to Ireland in 2011 of Magdalena Sepulveda, UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, finalising the Guiding Principles on Human Rights and Extreme Poverty, adopted by the UN in 2012 – the result of 25 years of continuous work and dialogue by ATD Fourth World International at the United Nations.
  • Supporting an alliance of civil society actors in a campaign that resulted in the Recommendation by the Constitutional Convention for the inclusion of Social, Economic and Cultural Rights in the Irish Constitution, 2013 – 2018.
  • Staging a series of Leave No One Behind Conversations in 2018 with people from disadvantaged communities to promote awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals and the transformative Agenda 2030 Promise.
  • Currently campaigning to protect Irish citizens from unequal treatment on the basis of the socio-economic status (introduction in the Irish Equal Status Act of the Socio-Economic Status as a recognised ground of discrimination).

Read more about the 20 years of activities of ATD in Ireland.

ATD is grateful to the O’Connell Secondary School and its Principal Lynn Kidney and to the Peace Choir Leader Phil Brennan for their strong support to the event.

Discover some pictures from the event:

The ATD 20th Anniversary Concert was one of the many community events of “The Big Hello”, the National Community Week End during the May Bank Holiday Week End!

This ATD event wass a “Star Wars Fans” friendly event! It was a way to mark “Star Wars Day” and support people who share a “New Hope” against poverty. May the Force be with us to #EndPoverty and #LeaveNoOneBehind!

The event also marked the European Youth Week! The ATD Unity in the Community Youth Group will share information about the #DemocracyAndMe campaign and explain why “Democracy is a #LeaveNoOneBehind promise!”. At the event they presented their current project: “End Discrimination – From Holocaust to Protection

20 Apr

15 Recommendations, 1 Way Forward: our European Elections Manifesto

With the upcoming 2019 European elections, there is a lot at stake for the establishment of a European Union that is “more inclusive and more equitable” and that meets the ambition of leaving no one behind, as set out in the preamble of the UN 2030 Agenda.

The 15 recommendations and the call on candidates to support, as a way forward, the renewal of the parliamentary Intergroup “Extreme Poverty and Human Rights” in the next legislature of the European Parliament presented in ATD Europe’s Manifesto are mostly based on months of work done by people in poverty, members of ATD  and other stakeholders (NGOs, Networks, officials etc.).

This cumulated in the 15th European ATD People’s University on 6 February 2019 in the
European Parliament. The event brought together delegations made up primarily of people living in poverty from 8 European countries (Germany, Belgium, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania), non-proft actors and representatives from different political European institutions.

In the run-up to the 2019 Irish Local and European Elections in 2019, ATD Ireland with other members of the Community Platform has also developed a #MyValuesMyVote manifesto to promote and support the delivery of positive social values.

These values are Community, Decency and Participation. Electing people who will deliver on these values on the 24th May will help achieve the type of inclusive society we all want to live in at a local level or as part of a wider European Union.

You can download the Local Election Manifesto and European Election Manifesto and a Public Leaflet highlighting these values with questions to use when election candidates knock on your door.

The Manifestos and Leaflet will be launched on the 2nd May @ 10:30am in St Andrew’s Resource Centre in Dublin. Register here if you want to attend the launch!


24 Mar

This is the Greatest Show! Let’s celebrate 5 years of activism for the Agenda 2030!

On Bank Holiday Monday June 3rd 2019, join our ATD evening party open to all to mark the European Sustainable Development Week 2019 and to come together as Fabienne and Pierre Klein move from Dublin to Paris where they will continue their work with ATD Europe,and the ATD Volunteer Corps.

The evening will include presentation on SDGs activities, Sing Along Session, games and more fun!

When: Monday 3rd June 2019 from 5pm to 8pm
Where: Gym Hall of the Ozanam House, 53 Mountjoy Square West, Dublin 1, D01 T6W6

The focus of this late afternoon event will be a celebration of 5 years of activism by ATD Ireland for Transforming the world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

From the Summer 2014 to June 2019, Members of the ATD Ireland team have been strongly involved in the promotion and implementation of Agenda 2030, the 17 SDGs and the Leave No One Behind Promise in Ireland.

This event in the middle of the European Sustainable Development Week 2019 is an opportunity to take stoke of this work and look ahead.

22 Mar

Enter the Our World Irish Aid Awards Challenge with Tapori!

The Our World Irish Aid Awards seek to enable pupils to learn about the lives of children and their families in developing countries and how Ireland, through Irish Aid, and 192 other countries in the United Nations are working together to create a safer and fairer world, and a better future for all the world’s children.

This year’s Awards theme, Leave No One Behind, is an opportunity to discover a children’s movement focused on the “Leave No One Behind” challenge: Tapori

The closing date for entries for this year’s Our World Irish Aid Awards is Friday April 12th 2019, so there is still  time to get involved! Entering a project is simple.

All teachers need to do is complete the lesson plans available on the dedicated website and have pupils create a project in any format to showcase what they have learnt about the Global Goals, the Leave No One Behind promise and the work of Irish Aid.

If you are still looking for ideas to create a project with pupils, visit the Tapori website! The website is full of stories and activities designed to facilitate discussions on ways to walk the talk of the “leave no one behind” promise!


The Our World Awrads Teacher Booklet

The Tapori Presentation Leaflet

“Come with us” – a 25 minutes video on the Tapori children movement
(here below)


03 Mar

Free Women Freeing Others! Marking Women’s Day 2019!


Happy International Women’s Day 2019!

As we still fight for gender equality, does the ATD 44 years old challenging 1975 call on the all feminist movements appeal to you today, in 2019?

Tell us what has changed, what need to change and what in this 1975 text is still inspiring today?

The fundamental question facing women today is to know whether they accept equal opportunity among themselves. Until now the world has never accepted an equality which gives priority to the most disadvantaged… This would be a radical turning point in the history of the world.”

Joseph Wresinski, All Together in Dignity,
Mexico, International Women’s Year, 1975

Read full appeal here: Women’s Year Appeal

The theme for International Women’s Day 2019, which will take place on 8 March, is “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change”.

The theme will focus on innovative ways in which we can advance gender equality and the empowerment of women, particularly in the areas of social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure.

The achievement of the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires transformative shifts, integrated approaches and new solutions, particularly when it comes to advancing gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. Based on current trajectories, existing interventions will not suffice to achieve a Planet 50-50 by 2030. Innovative approaches that disrupt “business as usual” are central to removing structural barriers and ensuring that no woman and no girl is left behind.

Innovation and technology provide unprecedented opportunities, yet trends indicate a growing gender digital divide and women are under-represented in the field of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and design. It prevents them from developing and influencing gender-responsive innovations to achieve transformative gains for society. From mobile banking to artificial intelligence and the internet of things, it is vital that women’s ideas and experiences equally influence the design and implementation of the innovations that shape our future societies.

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23 Feb

Linking climate action and social justice: never without, or against, people living in poverty

On March 15th 2019, join and support the Global Climate Justice Strike For Future!

On March 15, along with NGOs in 40 countries on all continents, we will support the call to the youth and all citizens of the world to join the Global Strike For Future!

Let’s show the world that the Climate Crisis is a Crisis! Let’s show the world that the demand for Justice is an Urgency!

Do link climate action and social justice!

Act on climate never without,
or against, people living in poverty!

In a context of successive international meetings about the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and reducing the negative effects of global warming, ATD International has upped its advocacy to emphasize the inextricable link between climate action, sustainable development, and poverty eradication. From action and research on the ground, we have issued two memorandums and a series of short videos illustrating these links.

ATD International’s position paper, “Tailoring Climate Change Response Measures to the Needs of the Most Vulnerable” points out clearly:

“If governments fail to combat climate change with people living in poverty, it is very likely that response measures will work against these vulnerable communities.”

This statement reminds stakeholders that a framework with international consensus exists already in the United Nation’s Guiding Principles on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights.

ATD’s more in-depth memorandum, Taking seriously the commitment to “leave no one behind” in the SDGs and the fight against climate disruption, further proves the effectiveness and necessity of including people struggling daily to overcome poverty, when designing development strategies and climate action. A series of short video clips illustrate each of ATD’s five main recommendations, from reaching those deepest in poverty, to promoting green jobs and training.

From ATD’s memorandum, “Taking seriously the commitment to ‘leave no one behind’ in the SDGs and the fight against climate disruption”

Click on the photo to download the 7-page memorandum
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16 Feb

Melting The Middle Class Gaze

For the past 20 years, Martin Byrne, volunteer & member of the Board of ATD Ireland has been collecting North Wall stories and publishing them once a year. These stories are coming from a range of people and the book encourages people to dig deep and write down those stories that have been hidden away for so long.

This year again, Martin’s North Wall stories help us with fresh eyes to see our unfair world
differently. By reading these stories we are liable to be born anew or jolted or touched or changed. They herald a world of shared human condition, give vent to the screams of those excluded from the feast, model ways of bottom-up local transformation and they
explicate empowerment for justice.

All of the stories in “Melting The Middle Class Gaze” were written by ordinary people who have a story to tell and this book enables them to do so. “This is something that really inspired me and got me thinking. How each person we meet has a library inside of them, but too often we shy away from sharing it with anyone else. “

We are so proud of the commitments our friends and volunteers who have a text in “Melting The Middle Class Gaze“!

The book launch will take place on Tuesday April 30th at 7pm and thanks to the generosity of Lord Mayor of Dublin, Nial Ring, it will be hosted in the Mansion House, Dublin 2. If you would like to attend, please contact info@atdireland.ie.

10 Feb

Does it only happen to me? Share your story before May 31st, 2019!

From January 2019 to September 2019 ATD will carry out a project exploring the issue of socio-economic discrimination in Irish public services and in every day life.

A person’s socio-economic status is not currently recognised as a ground upon which a person might be discriminated against, under Irish equality legislation.

Share your story before the end of May 2019!

The first step of the project (before the end of May 2019) is collect anonymous real life stories to showcase how this type of discrimination or unequal treatment is unfortunately too common and needs to be recognised within legislation.

The stories collected will be published into a report that will be launched at a public event after the Summer in the IHREC Auditorium. All the stories collected and published will be kept anonymous to ensure the confidentiality of the participants.

What is socio-economic discrimination?

Discrimination is when people feel like they are being treated less favourably than others, for example, because of their age, gender, religion, ethnicity…

Today in Ireland several grounds of discrimination are officially recognised within equality legislation: it is illegal to discriminate against people because of their age, gender, sexual orientation, race, disability, religion, civil status, family status and membership of the Traveller Community.

Since 2016, another ground has been added to cover housing assistance payments (HAP). This means that people who feel discriminated against under one or more of these grounds can bring a complaint to the relevant legal body (see www.ihrec.ie for more information on how to make a complaint).

However, ATD Ireland, along with many other organisations such as EAPN, INOU, the members of the former Equality and Rights Alliance (ERA), believe that one ground is missing from Irish legislation. That missing ground is called “socio-economic status”.

Updates from TDs 2018 initiative and the EAPN Call on this matter here
See also the ERA Campaign report

What does it mean?

Socio-economic status or background may sometimes be referred to as social class based discrimination. For instance, someone could feel like they are being treated less favourably than others by the Gardai because of where they live.

“My son was going to a football thing… And he stayed up in Crumlin in his friends… It was seven o’clock in the morning anyways and he was running through the park to get to the coach, and like that, he was stopped at the bus stop, and they searched his bag, his schoolbag… And they searched everything and like he ended up missing that, and came back to us sobbing, saying, “I done nothing wrong!” and not even that, like he was quite frightened by the whole experience. And as well as that it kind of turned him off the Guards.”

Other people recalled being treated differently at school because their families could not afford to buy school books, or how they were asked to leave class because they were not wearing the ‘right’ shoes and how they felt belittled and embarrassed by the attitude of teachers. This leads to lack of confidence that is often carryout out through adult life as well.

“Belittled… some people can make you feel very small, so you can just say ‘that’s how tall I am, so just stand up’… to belittle someone is to really put them down.”

Sadly, many have stories like these that showcase ways in which people are excluded or not treated with dignity and respect. But because socio-economic status is not covered in equality legislation, this kind of discrimination often goes unnoticed and cannot be reported legally.

Impacting the delivery of the Public Sector Duty

In addition to allowing victims of discrimination to file a legal complaint, a change in legislation will have an impact on what is called the “Public Sector Duty”. What does this mean?

The Public Sector Duty is a statutory obligation for all public bodies to work towards the elimination of discrimination, promote equality, and protect human rights in their daily work. This Duty applies to people working in public services, service users and more generally everyone impacted by policies coming from public bodies.

If socio-economic discrimination is recognised in Irish law, all public services would be obliged to take the necessary steps to ensure that their employees and service users are protected from this kind of discrimination, as is the case for the other nine grounds of discrimination currently recognised.

Where do we go from here?

We know that this change in legislation will not mean that socio-economic discrimination will disappear tomorrow, but we see this as a necessary first step in recognising that this kind of discrimination does exist and needs to be challenged if we are to live in a society which treats everybody with respect and dignity.

You want to learn more about this project
or to share a story?

We are looking for people from all around the country  to take part in this project.

If you have a real life story of a time where either you, or someone you know, had an experience of being discriminated against, and if you felt that this discrimination was because of your socio-economic status, then we would love to hear from you.

This discrimination may have taken place when dealing with a public service or in another situation of every day life!

All the stories collected and possibly published (with individual consent) will be kept anonymous to ensure the confidentiality participants.

If you are interested in taking part in this campaign to introduce an additional protection against discrimination into Irish law, then feel free to get in touch with us!

Contact us at ATD Ireland: info@atdireland.ie

telephone 01 855 8191