Here are some examples of ATD’s new projects or ideas that are about to take shape as projects…
Haiti: Evaluation of the Health Card system that provides access to health care to over 700 families in link with ATD in Port-au-Prince; the aim is to draw lessons from an experience of more than two decades to inspire a social protection plan on a territorial or country level.
France: A booklet, “Daring to talk about money” is to be created in the framework of the ATD’s Citizens’ Universities for Dialogue and Solidarity to allow people who have to live on an impossibly tight budget to voice their experience, their coping strategies and their thoughts on the economy.
World Bank: An International Study on the Indicators of poverty that introduces social exclusion as a factor. The objective is to obtain a revision by the World Bank of their
definition of poverty at present limited to the indicator of earning less than 1,25$ a day. Earning 1,30$ instead, does not raise anyone out of extreme poverty, and yet this indicator
determines international development policies. Merging knowledge from people in situations of extreme poverty and scholars alike may lead to adequate indicators as well as growing recognition that people in situations of extreme poverty can play an active role in building collective knowledge in the sphere of university and politics.
Spain: a Soap Making Workshop is planned in Sevilla, to learn together, to raise funds for community development activities and to become able to add to the family income. This workshop also wants to provide an alternative to illicite economic activities. Similar attempts have been discussed or tried out in the Philippines, in Peru, and in Bolivia to
examine the economic feasibility of this kind of projects a well as the way to reinforce solidarity within a community instead of triggering jealousy.
Madagascar: Manufacturing low energy cookers fueled with wood – ATD’s social business “Working and Learning Together” plans to develop in partnership with the association Bolivia Inti Sud Soleil new activities that meet local needs and contribute to reduce rampant deforestation.