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Life Under the Bridge

François Phliponeau, France Very often, people who live in poverty are stigmatized, feeling excluded from society. This week, the French president declared that poverty is “a humiliation for the Republic.” But feelings of exclusion and humiliation, are not inevitable. These photos show the life of Mr. Castro in Manila, at home and at work. “At home” means…

Poverty and Shame in Uganda (VIDEO)

By Elaine Chase & Robert Walker (United Kingdom) What is it like to live in poverty? Our research, carried out with colleagues in the United Kingdom, China, India, Norway, Pakistan, South Korea, and Uganda, found that shame is an important part of the experience of poverty in all these countries. Using this research, we have…

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…

Dreaming Permit – Artisans of Peace in Noisy-le-Grand

The following essay was originally written by Jacqueline Page, an ATD Fourth World Volunteer Corps member and a visual artist, based on the years 2010- 2013 that she spent “living, understanding and endeavoring” in the community of Noisy-le-Grand (France). It has been adapted for the blog from the e-book Artisans of Peace Overcoming Poverty, available for…

The Roles We Play

The Roles We Play: Recognising the Contribution of People in Poverty is a collection of photographic portraits that explores the roles played by those living in poverty within their families, communities and society at large. The work highlights their efforts, validates their achievements and challenges the negative attitudes often held towards vulnerable and excluded families…