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Ibadan - Thursday 17 October 2019 - Screening 'Slum Dog Millionaire' and discussion

Event report

October 17 at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, between the hours of 16:00 and 20:00 (WAT), we gathered - as did many across the world - to mark the International Day for Eradication of Poverty. For us, #October17 provides a good opportunity to raise awareness on the extent of poverty in Nigeria and the world, (especially now that Nigeria has been named the ‘poverty capital of the world,’ with evidence suggesting that this status is being further cemented by the day). It was also an opportunity to further dismiss the myth that a poverty-free world is impossible, as many have been made to believe, and are so unable to imagine the possibility of - and take action towards ensuring - an end to poverty. I had the opportunity of moderating the leading panel (for the event) which featured two passionate people who have been working – for a while now – to help overcome poverty: Feyi Ijimakinwa is a broadcaster and a researcher at the Institute of African Studies, while Dr. Olukemi Aremu runs a foundation which currently cares for about 60 homeless children who live ‘under-bridge’ in the city of Ibadan. The discussion was centred on "Acting together to empower children, their families and communities to end poverty," which is the theme for the year.

The most striking point of the discussion, for me, is that poverty could either be situational or generational. People fall into the point at which access to basic needs becomes difficult not because they pray for it or because ‘they are weak and lazy,’ but because of circumstances and situations which too often than not are beyond their control. Once sunk into the vicious circle of poverty, there is then a great chance that they continue to sink deeper, to the point that it becomes transferable from one generation to another, unless there is a deliberate and concerted effort of rescue. Certain attitudes and addictions which may be observable among the poor – and which may sink them further into poverty – were identified as responses to valid aspirations which are not being fulfilled. It also became obvious from the discussion that the implications of the existence of poverty are burdens for the entire society, thereby making the responsibility for the overcoming of poverty a collective one for us all – as rich and poor, and as an indivisible human race.

Above all, yesterday was another day for us to remind ourselves the words of Nelson Mandela, that ‘wherever children, men and women are made to live in poverty, there is injustice.’ Recognizing the validity of the words of Marin Luther King Jnr., that ‘injustice anywhere is a treat to justice everywhere,’ the opportunity provided by the moment was thus used in charging everyone to give attention to working in every little way possible to eradicate poverty, and to building a social system that protects people from falling into poverty and gives opportunity of rescue to those who may fall into it, so that someday soon we can live #AllTogetherInDignity.

Special thanks to Donald Lee, Anne-Sylvie and the entire ATD Fourth World team, and to Leye Komolafe, Adedapo Treasure and all of the crew members at the Thursday Film Series, for the great work that you do towards the building of a more just, more humane, more democratic future. Together, I believe, we can retire the existence of poverty in our world into the annals of history.

A short video (put together by Tobi Richards) which is a short excerpt from the hour-long discussion – which was followed by a movie screening and a general discussion – has been shared on my youtube channel. You can find it here:

#October17 #EndPoverty #ZeroHunger #AllTogetherInDignity #AfricansRising #AfricaWeWant #WorldOfPeace

Event description

With some of my friends who I currently join in organizing a movie club known as the Thursday Film Series, we will screen the movie titled ‘Slum Dog Millionaire,’ which will be followed by a discussion to be led by a small panel of four academics who have expertise on our subject.

We hope to use the opportunity to amplify the injustice of letting men and women, and especially children (in accordance with the theme for the year), live in poverty, and what we must all do to rescue all who are currently subjected to this dehumanizing condition.

The movie club screen movies every Thursday at the Drappers Hall, Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. It provides an accommodative space for critical reflection and intellectual engagement for all, while harnessing the power of art, with the hope of spurring men and women to take action in dealing with the issues we grapple with’ – such as extreme poverty. 

Gideyon Adeyeni and Leye Komolafe


Davao - Thursday 17 October 2019 - Convergence meeting of Zero Extreme Poverty Philippines 2030

Event description

The Zero Extreme Poverty Philippines 2030 (ZEP2030) is a civil society-led movement launched in 2015 that envisions “Filipino families enjoying the fullness of life in sustainable communities”. Our collective mission is “to uplift one million Filipino families from extreme poverty to self-sufficiency by the year 2030.”  

ZEP2030 is a national coalition of multi-stakeholders working together through collective impact, with seven thematic clusters anchored on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals: agriculture and fisheries, education, environment, health, housing and shelter, livelihood, and partnerships for Indigenous Peoples. 

Overall coordination is managed by the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) which serves as the ZEP2030 Secretariat and International Care Ministries is the lead cluster coordinator for Health Thematic Cluster.

This year, we are moving towards consolidating efforts on the ground and linking organizations for convergence building.  The importance of coming together and synchronizing our efforts is needed more than ever to move us closer to our goal. In this regard, ZEP2030, in partnership with the University Community Engagement and Advocacy Council-Ateneo De Davao University and the Philippine Misereor Partnership Inc. - Davao Region Cluster, cordially invite you to be part of the 1st Davao Convergence Meeting. This meeting, which coincides with the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, is an endeavor to gather ZEP2030 members and potential partners in Davao Region. 

This Davao Convergence Meeting will be held on Thursday, October 17, 2019, 09:00 AM – 3:00 PM at the Xavier Hall, 8th Floor, Ateneo De Davao University, Roxas Avenue, Davao City.

Attached is a copy of the program and FAQ about ZEP.


New Orleans - Thursday 17 October 2019 - Pushed to The Bottom: the Experience of Poverty in the U.S.

The Wold Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Hope House
916 St Andrew Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70139

Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

On the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty, join us for a discussion about the report "Pushed to The Bottom: the Experience of Poverty in the U.S." The report and the discussion will address how poverty is not only an experience of money or resources, but the accumulation of multiple aspects.

Join us to learn, to share, and together be part of building a community that can overcome poverty.


Ashana Bigard, Education Justice Project

Don Everard, Hope House

For questions, please contact ATD Fourth World:

(504) 899-9950 / neworleans [at] 4thworldmovement [dot] org

New Orleans
United States

Dickenson County - Thursday 17 October 2019 - Gathering with music, testimonies

Dickenson County, Virginia

A gathering at the Senior Citizen Center on Main Street, Clinchco, VA will start with a potluck dinner followed by a celebration of music and personal testimonies from people in the area and around the world on the theme: Acting Together to Empower Children, their Families, and Communities to End Poverty. 

A local children's music group will contribute to the music and young people from the local High School will help in the set up of the event.

University of Notre Dame students working in the area will also attend with residents from throughout the region. 

Please join us on Thursday, October 17 at 5:00pm at the Clinchco Senior Citizen Center on Main Street, Clinchco, VA. 

Potluck dinner followed by commemoration. 

Dickenson County
United States

Brussels - Wednesday 16 October 2019 - Going Beyond the Data – the realities of poverty in Europe

The European Parliament’s MEPs Cindy Franssen (EPP) and Pierfrancesco Majorino (S&D) and EAPN will host a Roundtable on the reality of poverty in Europe, organised together with ATD Fourth World, IFSW & Emmaus Europe.

This roundtable aims to help MEPs deconstruct myths and break stereotypes about (people experiencing) poverty, and to build their understandings of the realities of poverty going further than data and statistics.

The event will open with four case studies, bringing the voices of people experiencing poverty directly together with MEPs. The key questions that will be addressed are: What does poverty in Europe look like, and what are the key trends? What progress has been made on poverty levels in Europe in recent years? What role has the Parliament played in this? The European Parliament will respond in the form of interactive discussions.

The context is Europe’s ambition to leave no one behind while making the transition to a more sustainable, carbon neutral economy. People experiencing poverty will need to be protected during this transition, and economic and social rights guaranteed within a more social and sustainable development model.

Places are limited, so please register quickly!

Information & Documents

  • The agenda is available here
  • Venue: European Parliament (Room ASP 3G3) – 60, rue Wiertz in Brussels
  • Date: 16 October 2019 – 13h00 – 15h00,  Registration from 12:30.