Theme for 2019
Acting together to empower children, their families and communities to end poverty

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,...
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  • Toolbox: poster, concept note, documents of reference, videos,...

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Skopje - Monday 14 October 2019 - Regional Conference

Regional Conference on “Responsive social protection solutions: empowering children, families and communities”

14-15 October 2019
Skopje, North Macedonia

The Regional Conference aims to bring together academic scholars, researchers, practitioners, decision makers, activists as well as people experiencing poverty to jointly discuss obstacles and solutions for responsive social protection support. The conference will have a regional focus (Western Balkan countries) as to assess and disseminate different existing social protection  practices. The conference will be organised in two plenary panel debates and six parallel streams.

PANEL DEBATE I: Perspectives on Poverty: the good, the bad and the ugly
(representatives of research/policy/practice: regional and national decision makers, academia, activists). Panel debate is followed by a general discussion.

Parallel streams:
1. Role of Social Services (social welfare/employment/health) and Case Management in Poverty Alleviation
2. Early childhood education and care as an anti-poverty strategy
3. Income transfers and effects on poverty reduction

PANEL DEBATE II: Perspectives on roadmap to reducing poverty
(representatives of the: academia, local decision makers, front-line workers, service users). Panel debate is followed by a general discussion.

Parallel streams:
4. Community care: voices of the service providers and service users
5. Homelessness and social housing
6. Empowering families: policies, transfers and services

Organized by:
The Ministry of Labor and Social Policy of the Republic of North Macedonia together with the Institute of Social Work and Social Policy, Faculty of Philosophy, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje


Different places in Ireland - Thursday 17 October 2019 - Different events in Ireland

In the attached booklet, you can find different events for the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty, and more information about the Day.

Events take place in Galway, Clare, Mayo, Dublin, Cork, Offally, and more.

Different places in Ireland

Swansea, Wales - Wednesday 16 October 2019 - The Big Conversation

On Wednesday 16th October 2019, Swansea Council’s Life Stages Team will be running one of their ‘Big Conversations’. 

The Big Conversation is the name given to participation and engagement events that are facilitated by Swansea Council’s Life Stages Team. Big Conversations take place during the school day.

Participants set the priority topics for Big Conversations and it is the role of The Life Stages Team to arrange and facilitate workshops based on these priorities.

We run Big Conversations for 5-11 year old children, 11-18 year old young people and Inter-generational Big Conversations for anyone over the age of 7, including adults and older people.

Part of the working agreement of the Big Conversation is that the participants will return to their schools/groups after each event and share the work that they have completed with their peers; this could be via an assembly, a diary entry or a verbal report in school council meetings, a letter to governors etc…each school is encouraged to report back to their community in a way that suits them best.

On Wednesday 16th October 2019 we will be running The Big ‘Participation and Democracy’ Conversation for 5-11 year olds where the topics to be discussed will include Equalities, Voice, and Politics (meeting decision makers). Children will be offered the opportunity to discuss their morals and values, and work together to unpick concepts such as Discrimination, Diversity, and Zero Tolerance approaches. Children will also have the chance to meet with the elected councillor for Children’s rights and discussing the role of the council, party politics and having a say. There will also be an opportunity for children to read through and discuss a story book entitled “The Family That Learned To Listen” that was co-written by children and young people.

Children and their teachers will be invited to take photographs of themselves holding the posters advertising International Day for the Eradication of Poverty Oct 17th 2019 and uploading the pictures to social media sites.

Organized by Swansea Council’s Life Stages Team

Swansea, Wales
United Kingdom

Manila - Thursday 17 October 2019 - Commemoration in Rizal Park

Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 8 AM – 4 PM

Children and young people play important roles in the fight against poverty. They provide valuable insights acquired from their personal daily struggles. On October 17 at Rizal Park in Manila, they will share their stories to the entire world.

Together with people from all walks of life, we will gather at Rizal Park in Manila to share stories of pain and triumph, renewing our commitment to stop poverty.

National Anti-Poverty Commission

ATD Fourth World Philippines


London - Monday 14 October 2019 - Understanding Poverty and Social Rights Through Lived Experience

Launch of findings on the multidimensional nature of poverty in the UK

'Understanding Poverty and Social Rights Through Lived Experience':
ATD Fourth World will launch its report of a participatory research study at this conference
on 14 October at Amnesty International UK.

Too many people are falling through gaps in service provision in the UK today. Many have no choice but to sleep rough and resort to food banks. Given the growing awareness that poverty is multidimensional, this study asked the most affected people what that means.

This new report matters because the voices of people with direct experience of poverty were co-researchers at the forefront of designing, carrying out, and interpreting the research. One participant said: 'Poverty kills dreams and cages the dreamers'.
The research findings identify six dimensions that describe poverty in all its forms in the UK:

  • disempowering systems, structures and policies
  • financial insecurity, financial exclusion, and debt
  • damaged health and well-being
  • stigma, blame and judgement
  • lack of control over choices
  • unrecognised struggles, skills and contributions.

‘Poverty is not being able to smell the flowers because the stress of life gets in the way.’
- a participant with lived experience of poverty from the North of England

The co-researchers identified seven key messages:
1. It is essential that people with lived experience participate in tackling poverty. This requires time, careful planning and commitment.
2. There is a need for better indicators of poverty that emphasise and capture the human experience of poverty.
3. Inadequate financial resources are a cause of poverty that take away control and shorten lives.
4. The impact of stigma and negative judgement is a particularly painful part of poverty.
5. Participants agreed services should be enabling and supportive; but some services are experienced as controlling and oppressive.
6. The skills and contributions made to society by people in poverty often go unrecognised.
7. Individual resilience is no substitute for better systems, structures and policies.

The co-researchers with lived experience of poverty will be speaking at this conference and are available for individual press interviews.

Press contact: diana [dot] skelton [at] atd-fourthworld [dot] org, 07-452-958-458.
Event details:

United Kingdom