Lessons on Hope from Geneviève de Gaulle

By Magdalena Macinska (Poland) On 27th January during the commemoration ceremony of the 70th anniversary of  the liberation of the concentration camp in Auschwitz I had the privilege to hear  the voice of the survivors. Their figures might have looked frail and delicate, but when they spoke their voices were strong and vibrant. They spoke…

Judgment and Longing to Belong

By Diana Skelton (France) I really should have known better. A few days ago, I was chatting with a French friend of mine. When our conversation turned to the Charlie Hebdo shootings, I began reeling off questions—when she lost her temper with me. “You’re piling on!” “But I was only asking questions! There are so…

Good Governance is a Project for All of Society

By Álvaro Iniesta Pérez (Spain) “Good governance calls upon the intelligence of everyone.” That was the conclusion of an activist from Reunion Island who participated in a workshop about governance in July at the ATD Fourth World international headquarters in Mery-sur-oise France. Since Joseph Wresinski’s passing in 1988, ATD Fourth World has been in an ongoing…

Welcome Home… to the Roma

By Pascal Percq (France) Alex and Rada live in Montreuil, outside Paris.  They have two children, a girl and a boy.  Alex, 24 years old, arrived in France when he was 16.  He’s a dynamic young man, courageous, with a hundred ideas a day and a thousand questions to answer.  For instance, at the moment…

The End of ‘The End of Poverty’?

By: Diana Skelton (France) Humanity can end the devastation caused by AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, polluted water, failed crops and other crises linked to poverty. Jeffrey Sachs convinced the world of this a decade ago. In charge of the United Nations Millennium Development Project, he insisted to world leaders that their efforts could indeed end poverty.…

Gender and Extreme Poverty

This week’s contributor: Magdalena Brand Too often, women living in extreme poverty are relegated to the category of “victim,” because their capacity to revolt and resist is not recognized. It is apparent that these women are victims of both gender inequality and of extreme poverty, but when we fail to recognize the active role they…