Sharing Experiences Worldwide
Permanent Forum on Extreme Poverty in the World
“So that no one will feel alone and powerless faced with extreme poverty, and so that no effort will be lost.” Joseph Wresinski, Founder
The Permanent Forum is a network of individuals and groups committed in various ways alongside populations living in poverty. It is facilitated by the International Movement ATD Fourth World.
These families are struggling with the urgency created by
poverty, demanding support for their efforts and plans to
open up a future for their children through schooling,
healthcare, housing and culture. If our societies were to
adopt them as their guiding light, aiming for economic development
that leaves nobody behind, they would launch
new policies. They would at last decide to invest in the
growth of our true wealth, by enabling each child, youngster
and adult to develop their potential in order to build a
world for all, with all. To take up this challenge, dear friends
and correspondents of the Forum on Overcoming Extreme
Poverty, you have knowledge and a vision to share.
A Forum of Committed People
“We were overcome with discouragement. Some people just didn’t realize the scope of our action. Now we’ve been reborn, and we have each renewed our commitment… Thank you for giving us courage so that we can, in turn, give it to others.”
A correspondent from Ivory Coast
Letter to Friends Around the World
“I always read the Letter to Friends with much interest and admiration, often thinking to myself that I too have witnessed acts of courage, goodness and solidarity among the poorest people.”
A correspondent from Burkina Faso
Pooling Knowledge and Experiences
Correspondents of the Permanent Forum enrich the dialogue by adding their own experiences, knowledge and questions. In turn, they often gain a strengthened conviction that mutual support and sharing knowledge are key factors in ending extreme poverty.
Influencing International Organizations
Permanent Forum correspondents play a large, often unrecognized role in reinforcing social ties in their communities. That’s why the Permanent Forum helps enable them to make their voices heard as stakeholders in international public life.