Tema per 2018
Coming together with those furthest behind to build an inclusive world of universal respect for human rights and dignity.

There are a few changes on the October 17 page for this year.

On this page you will find:

  • Testimonies: messages from people living in extreme poverty,...
  • Presentation: the meaning of the Day, its spirit,...
  • Highlights: activities, messages, significant gestures,...
  • Contattarci: for any question related to October 17.
  • Toolbox: poster, concept note, documents of reference, videos,...

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Sofia - Venerdì 19 Ottobre 2018 - Sharing Stories on Struggles Against Poverty, Sofia, Bulgaria

Resoconto dell' evento.

Ci-dessous le compte rendu de l'événement au marché des femmes à Sofia, en français. Il peut être lu aussi en bulgare en pièce jointe.

Cet événement s’est déroulé dans le jardin public situé au centre du Marché des femmes de Sofia.
Il s’agissait de donner la possibilité aux personnes travaillant et habitant autour du marché, comme aux clients du marché, de laisser un message à l’occasion de la Journée mondiale du refus de la misère. Cet événement était organisé par Pavillon 19 et ATD Quart Monde.

Chaque personne, enfants, jeunes ou adultes, était invité à écrire ou dessiner son message sur une feuille de couleur en forme de feuille d’arbre. Ces feuilles multicolores étaient ensuite suspendues à la branche d’un immense arbre, situé au cœur du jardin public du marché.
Sur cet arbre, des photos montrant des événements de cette journée mondiale à travers le monde étaient exposées. Ce vendredi 19 octobre, plus de 80 feuilles  d’arbres ont été accrochées, avec la participation de plus de 60 personnes, enfants et adultes. Ces feuilles  symbolisent la rencontre et l’expression de personnes qui n’en ont pas l’occasion habituellement.

Voici quelques uns des messages écrits.

Des enfants ont d’abord dit que la richesse, était d’avoir de l’argent, d’avoir une voiture. Puis en réfléchissant plus ils ont dit que ce qui les rendait riche était « des amis, des copains : aimer et être heureux avec les amis ».

A la question de savoir comment il voulait être vu par d’autres, un enfant a répondu « Je veux que le gens voient que je suis une bonne personne ».

Une jeune a dit « Ce qui me fait pauvre, c’est que je ne vais pas à l’école. Je dois m’occuper de mon petit cousin.»
D’autres enfants ont exprimé d’une manière qu’ils allaient à l’école. C’était leur richesse.

Des adultes ont dit « Ce qui nous fait riche, ce n’est pas le matériel, c’est la famille et les enfants ; rien de matériel».

Deux hommes ont eu des réponses opposées « Être riche, c’est d’avoir du travail » , « Être riche, c’est de ne pas travailler ! »
Cependant un enfant a rappelé : « Quand quelqu’un est riche, c’est qu’il a un toit pour s’abriter ».

Un autre homme, venu avec son fils, disait :
« - Comment les autres me voient ? Je suis une personne ordinaire ;
- Comment je veux que les autres me voient ? Comme un homme ordinaire ;
- Ce qui me fait pauvre? Quand mon enfant veut quelque chose que je ne peux pas acheter ».

Des enfants ont exprimé que: « la richesse, c’est d’être en famille, tous ensemble à la même table».
Un enfant a aussi exprimé : « Dieu me fait riche ».

La conclusion est venue d’une jeune fille de 12 ans, qui en regardant une photo d’un groupe vivant dans une zone d’habitats précaires en Italie, s’est exclamée : « Ils sont comme nous ».

Pavillon 19 est une initiative de la Maison rouge (Red House), centre pour la culture et les débats, qui travaille avec les communautés locales et migrantes qui se trouvent au Marché des femmes de Sofia, à travers l'art, la culture et le soutien psycho-social.

Lien sur ATD Quart Monde: www.atd-quartmonde.org

Descrizione dell' evento

"The Tree" is an action in which children from the Women's Market in Sofia, their parents and customers of the market will create a symbolic space where they can share stories about the struggle against poverty. As a result of that encounter everyone who wishes can leave his or her own message written on the leaves of a big cartoon tree.

The action is organized on the occasion of the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty which is celebrated all over the world since 1987 by the initiative of the Movement, ATD Fourth World. The International Charter for October 17 states that this Day provides opportunities to promote meetings that would not normally happen in everyday life between the poorest and other citizens, recognizing that the poorest are often the victims of multiple forms of violence everywhere in the world. The Day is meant to promote and demonstrate mutual understanding, solidarity and the shared responsibility of all individuals and groups from different backgrounds to defend the human rights of all, especially those in poverty.

The ATD Fourth World Movement was created at the end of the 1950s by Joseph Wresinski who grew up in poverty, and since then its members work to overcome poverty and to promote respect for the human rights of people living in extreme poverty.

Pavillion 19 is a space for play serving as a model of work with children from the Women's Market in Sofia through arts, culture and psycho-social support, initiated by the Red House Center for Culture and Debate.

Location: Women's Market Square,Sofia.

Time: Friday, 19 October 14h00 - 16h00 


London - Mercoledì 17 Ottobre 2018 - ODI/CPAN Panel Discussion on Leave No One Behind

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The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2018 calls for an end to poverty by “Coming together with those furthest behind to build an inclusive world of universal respect for human rights and dignity.” Since 1992, this day has been an opportunity to platform the work that individuals and organisations do to contribute to poverty eradication globally.

In the spirit of this year’s theme, the Chronic Poverty Advisory Network (CPAN) brought together key thinkers and policy-makers working on poverty eradication in a panel discussion event hosted at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in London on Wednesday 17th October.

To learn more about the discussions, see the video of the event at https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=yqxtGw8g5ZQ. 

You can also find a podcast of the event at this link:


Drawing on CPAN's latest poverty dynamics research findings, the discussions highlighted the ways in which economic growthinclusive governance and climate change mitigation can tackle chronic poverty and support those who have been 'left behind' in recent efforts to drive economic development.

The event convened leading experts in the fields of growth, social inclusion and climate change to discuss how joining together these key themes can contribute to ending chronic poverty by 2030.

The expert panel considered three key questions in their discussions: (1) What can be learned from studies across country contexts about the successes and pitfalls of poverty eradication policies? (2) How do the areas of economic growth, inclusive governance and climate change impact on poverty eradication? and (3) Why is it essential to consider these key fields together when formulating effective policy solutions to bring an end to chronic poverty?

More information can be found in the event's concept note.

Descrizione dell' evento

On the International Day for the Eradication Poverty on 17 October, the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) will host a Panel Discussion in liaison with the Chronic Poverty Advisory Network (CPAN) on the theme of 'Leaving No One Behind through economic growth, governance reform and climate change initiatives' in London, United Kingdom. If you wish to register in person or to watch a live stream, click the link above.You can also register here

The ODI is an independent, global think tank, working for a sustainable and peaceful world in which every person thrives. The Chronic Poverty Advisory Network (CPAN) is a network of researchers, policy makers and practitioners across 17 developing countries focused on tackling chronic poverty and getting to zero extreme poverty and deprivation. CPAN is a programme hosted at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in London.

Regno Unito

London - Mercoledì 17 Ottobre 2018 - Photos & Message from October 17, Palace of Westminister, United Kingdom

A special event was held in London, United Kingdom, on October 17, hosted by The Baroness Professor Lister of Burtersett, CBE, at the Palace of Westminster.

Almost a hundred people packed into Committee Room 4 at the House of Lords for a panel discussion about meaningful political participation by people with direct experience of poverty.

The Baroness Professor opened the discussion by saying, “The diverse panel reflects ways in which groups from across the country are increasingly coming together to act, and try and create change.”

The event featured the screening of a new film about “The Roles We Play: Recognising the Contribution of People in Poverty” produced by ATD Fourth World in the UK, which was followed by a panel discussion on “How meaningful participation by people with direct experience of poverty can create positive societal change”.

This film traces the course of the Roles We Play project over the last decade and its attempts to provide a forum for people with experience of poverty to challenge the widespread negative stereotypes of their lives by giving participants the tools to speak out and have their voices heard.

In highlighting the different stages of the project, from photo exhibition and series of residential weekends and participatory film project to full-colour book and multimedia exhibition, the film explores the impact of genuine participation and the importance of recognising the ways in which people in poverty contribute to their own families, neighbourhoods and communities.

James Riley, an activist of ATD Fourth World who helped to make the film, said: “The process was important to us. It’s us on the screen. It’s our words, our images, rather than a journalist’s article where they cherry-picked quotes and images. […] I hope you can see the honesty in this film.”

You can view the film here.

The panel discussion included the speakers, Patrcia Bailey of ATD Fourth World and Alana Avery of On Road Media. They spoke together about their collaboration on a project called "Poverty in the Media". Commencing in January 2018, this project supported a small group of people with lived experiences of poverty and low incomes to develop media skills, resilience, and confidence to engage with the media, on their own terms.

Speakers’ talks, including those by Rebecca Bromley and a joint talk by Patricia Bailey and Alana Avery, are being published now and in coming weeks.

Below is a message from Moraene Roberts, activist and member of the ATD UK Leadership Team, on her participation in this October 17 event:

"Yesterday's gathering at Westminster was very powerful with clear examples of positive, proactive anti-poverty participation of people with lived experience of poverty and those who support them. It was clear that there are many groups/organisations tackling poverty and exclusion. Events like this provide opportunities for building networks and solidarity. Together our voices are louder, stronger and more effective. For most, 17th October is the World Day to Overcome Extreme Poverty but for the people who gathered yesterday, every day is a day when we work to end poverty for all. I was humbled and honoured to be among them. I wish to thank Andrew and Bea for making it possible for me to attend."

Elsewhere in the United Kingdom, many organizations held events to mark the world day.

Glasgow: The “Hunger for Justice” event was organised by Bridging the Gap, the Poverty Truth Commission, and the Lodging House Mission Choir. Participants gathered outdoors at the Commemorative Stone monument in honour of victims of poverty and then walked together to City Chambers. 

Stockton: Thrive Teeside set up a Speakers’ Corner and informational stalls to highlight actions that challenge poverty.

Belfast: the Right to Welfare (R2W) and Participation and the Practice of Rights focused on “Conscious Cruelty: Social Security, the Economy, and Human Rights”.

Salford: the Poverty Truth Commission ran an inclusion workshop at the Social Audit Network.

Leeds: the Dole Animators ran workshops to create and share narratives.

Back in London, Being the Story hosted an event featuring speakers with lived experience of poverty and other challenges. 4in10 organised London Challenge Poverty Week.


  • Church Action on Poverty marked 13-21 October as “End Hunger Week” and collected signatures for a national petition asking that the Universal Credit be fixed.
  • The Joseph Rowntree Foundation supported many of these efforts led by people in poverty.
  • Stoke Expert Citizens, the West Cheshire Poverty Truth Commission, and others coordinated social media campaigns using: #EndPoverty, #PovertyTakeover, and #SolveUKPoverty.
  • A national collective of individuals who experience poverty (of which ATD Fourth World is a founding member) renamed itself the APLE Collective: Addressing Poverty with Lived Experience. Its new Twitter account quickly gained more than 600 followers: @ApleCollective.

More information about ATD Fourth World in the UK.

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Utrecht - Mercoledì 17 Ottobre 2018 - Poverty-Awareness Festival, Utrecht, TV Program Extract

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During the week of the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty, the Utrecht Poverty Coalition (Armoedecoalitie) in The Netherlandss organised a successful festival of awareness-raising and activities about poverty for and with people who experience poverty themselves.

This link shows an extract in Dutch from a TV program of the festival. The main elements of the program are:

- Link of the festival to the 31st anniversary of October 17.

- The importance of the World Day to overcome shame.

- Poverty is also about the way people can participate in society.

- A drama created by a group of young people on the topic of living with little money.

- A beautiful testimony of a young woman: "As a child I couldn't sleep because I worried for my parents living in poverty. You are aware ofnot being being stupid, and that your parents suffer from poverty, That awareness was more important for me than the fact of having nothing to eat sometimes, or not being able to pay for washing our clothes. The mental harm that poverty causes is great. I got out of poverty by studying and becoming a social worker: that gave me the strength to turn the negative things I went through into a positive asset to help others to know that 'I am someone', and to see their strength."

- A representative from an NGO supporting children to access art and culture.

- A local politician speaking about how financial support is possible for income and health issues.

- The final message: Let's not hide poverty. Talk to one another about poverty!

Descrizione dell' evento

For several years, the Utrecht Poverty Coalition (Armoedecoalitie) based in Utrecht, The Netherlands, has organised a festival week of awareness-raising and activities about poverty for and with people who experience poverty themselves. The festival will include a theatre play performed by young people about the role of money in their lives to he held on October 17.

The Coalition is also working on a booklet about how it feels to be poor, with poems, images and stories.

The Utrecht Poverty Coalition was established in 2008 and since then has joined forces with others to take innovative initiatives to combat poverty and social exclusion. The Coalition is a partnership of a large number of social organisations, initiatives and advocates. These include organisations in social care, social services, education, housing corporations, civil society interest groups, and churches.



Bishkek - Mercoledì 17 Ottobre 2018 - End Poverty Quiz Night, Kyrgyz Republic

To mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on October 17, the staff of the World Bank in Bishkek, the capital city of the Kyrgyz Republic (formerly the Republic of Kyrgyzstan) in Central Asia held an End Poverty Quiz Night.

We were informed of this event by Christian Josz who works with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and is a member of the Board of Directors of ATD Fourth World USA.