Understanding Poverty in All its Forms

ATD Fourth World is proud to announce the launch of Understanding Poverty in All its Forms.

This new, exciting and innovative research project, being conducted in collaboration with researchers at the University of Oxford, seeks to bring together professionals, academics and people with first hand experience of poverty to change the ways in which poverty is understood and talked about by decision makers and governments.

The nature of poverty is changing. Ideas and measurements are often defined without talking to those directly affected or it is measured solely according to income. With research being carried out in Bangladesh, Bolivia, France, Tanzania and the United States as well as the UK, Understanding Poverty in All its Forms aims to build consensus around the best ways to determine the dimensions of poverty, how to measure them and how to eradicate it once and for all. The study is participatory throughout.

“There are several aspects of this project which make it important, and especially so in the current climate,” says one member of the research team. “The focus on collaborative working brings together the direct experiences of those living in poverty and the expertise of researchers.

“While researchers and academics have access to the means of drawing attention to serious financial and social inequalities, their voice is especially powerful when it imparts the first-hand knowledge of those who suffer discrimination and disadvantage.”

Here in the UK the research team will steer the project, discuss findings and debate conclusions that emerge from data gathered from peer groups to be set up in three different regions across the country. These diverse peer groups will reflect the different ways poverty is experienced at various stages in life by, amongst others, working age adults, older people and children.

By generating this debate, merging knowledge and by engaging with policy and practice communities throughout the duration of the research, the ultimate goal of this project is to support efforts to end poverty in all its forms.