All Together in Dignity Ireland: International Research, 'Understanding the Hidden Dimensions of Poverty'

International Research, 'Understanding the Hidden Dimensions of Poverty'

As co-researchers, people in poverty, academics and professionals, share their journey on researching the hidden dimensions of poverty

About this Event

What are the dimensions of poverty? Why is participatory research important? How do we take action on poverty and social rights?

“Poverty kills dreams and cages the dreamer” - participant with lived experience of poverty from the North of England.

The event will be the Irish launch of the participatory research study, ‘The Hidden Dimensions of Poverty’, an international collaboration between ATD Fourth World International and Oxford University involving research activity in seven countries. A presentation will be made by ATD Fourth World UK, as one of the participant countries.

Hosted by All Together In Dignity (ATD) Ireland, this conference will bring people with lived experience of poverty together with professionals and researchers working to address poverty from across the country.

The aim of the launch event is to promote awareness of the findings of the international research and to increase understanding of the role of people with direct experience of poverty being actors in such research.

Contributions and presentations will be made by co-researchers with direct experience of poverty, academics and practitioners. This interactive event aims at starting a conversation around how innovative participatory tools and processes can help break the vicious circle of poverty and social exclusion and, simultaneously, effectively inform policy and accountability mechanisms. It will also look at how participation can be a transformative tool for people, not only to become active agents of their own lives, but also to build a truly inclusive society where all can reach their full potential.

The conference will revolve around three areas of discussion:

  • The importance of the research process and methodology in terms of its participatory ambition
  • What we learnt about poverty in all its forms internationally and in the UK, focusing on dimensions and key messages
  • What this work resonates with in an Irish context

Provisional Program:

9.30am - Registration with tea/coffee.

10.00am - Welcome and Introduction: Sr. Bernadette McMahon, Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice

10.05am - Dr. Rachel Bray, social anthropologist, Department of Social Policy and Intervention, Oxford University will present the international report and the International findings. This will include the showing of an ATD film on the international research.

10.30am - As one of the seven research countries, ATD Fourth World UK will present the findings and key messages from ‘Understanding Poverty in All Its Forms: a participatory research study into poverty in the UK’.
                - Two UK co-researchers from the project will give a personal account of the research journey they have been on.

11.00am - Respondent, Dr. Bernadette Browne, will speak to the research study and the Irish context.

11.20am - Coffee/Tea Break.

11.30am - Small table discussions on two questions:

  • What are your reactions to the research study and its findings/messages?
  • How does this research study resonate in an Irish context through your experience?- Interactive panel discussion with moderator to facilitate feedback and questions from the table discussions.

12.00pm - Interactive panel discussion with moderator to facilitate feedback and questions from the table discussions. Speakers give elements of conclusion and final thanks.

12.30pm - Closing Remarks: Sr. Bernadette McMahon.

Date and Time: Wed, 23 October 2019, 09:30 – 12:30
Location: Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, 16-22 Green Street, Dublin D07 CR20

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