International Movement ATD (All Together for Dignity) Fourth World

Towards Sustainable Development that Leaves No One Behind: The Challenge of the Post-2015 Agenda

International Movement ATD Fourth World works with those most affected by extreme poverty to exercise their fundamental rights and fulfil their responsibilities. Through interactive workshops, people in extreme poverty bring their own knowledge together with decision-makers’ to create proposals to eradicate poverty and ensure human rights for all.

Research activities & outputs

Ground Level Panel on Post-2015 Development Agenda, Brazil

International Movement ATD Fourth World and Raízes em Movimento facilitated a ‘Ground Level Panel’ in July 2013 in Complexo do Alemão, a favela in northern Rio de Janeiro. The panel comprised a diverse group of eleven men and women living with poverty and marginalisation, including urban slum-dwellers from the favelas, indigenous people, ex-convicts, riberinhos (riverside-dwellers), people of African descendants (from ex-slave communities), and people from the Amazon forest.

They deliberated over the UN High Level Panel’s (HLP) recommendations for a post- Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) agenda for development and made their own recommendations based on ‘ground level’ experience.

Discussions took place over five days and panelists produced a final communiqué of the outcomes of their deliberations which they presented at an outreach day in Rio de Janeiro to decision-makers and the media.

Read more about the Ground Level Panel process here.

Read some reflections from the Ground Level Panel discussions in this blog article by Mariana Guerra from ATD Fourth World.



Painel das Bases Brasil (Ground Level Panel Brazil) was made by the panelists to reflect on their five day deliberations around the post-2015 development agenda. The video includes interviews with the panel members about their dreams for themselves and the planet.

Members of the Participate Ground Level Panel in Brazil composed and performed a song about their experience of the Panel discussions.
Lyrics and music composed and sung by Raull Santiago, panellist from Complexo do Alemão.
Guitar and vocals: Rafael Nascimento-Feijão, panellist from Espírito Santo
Drums: Ben Hur, panellist from Rio Grande do Sul
Vocals: Lana Souza and Carolina Guerra (panel documenters)
Production: Antonio Garcia (panel Audio-visual documenter)

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Los Trabajadores del Hogar

As part of the research, International Movement ATD Fourth World with UNITAS carried out a Participatory Video workshop (Sumando Voces – Adding up Voices) in Bolivia. They gathered together 12 NGO members and three community activists from Bolivia, Peru, Guatemala and Mexico in the city of La Paz. The video was created and filmed by a group of domestic workers as part of the Sumando Voces workshop.

In Bolivia, a country with a long story of classism, inequality and discrimination against indigenous people (cholos), domestic workers have struggled to get recognition and rights. Although since 1993 the National Federation of Domestic Workers in Bolivia (FENATRAHOB) was formally constituted, it was ten years later in 2003 that the government finally created a national law that formally regulates domestic worker's rights and duties. Despite the legal system being in place, there are still many rights violations and abuses.

No development without the participation of everyone

This video ‘No development without the participation of everyone’ was produced from a consultation led by ATD Fourth World in Brazil, with partners Brasil pela Dignidade, Verdejar and Raizes en Movimento. The group, from the favelas in Petropolis, included mothers and young people. The partners designed a participatory process that incorporated participatory methodologies from the start to finish. Subsequently, partner associations, some of which are based in Rio favelas are continuing this participatory work.

Towards Sustainable Development that Leaves No One Behind - The Challenge of the Post-2015 Agenda

As part of Participate, ATD Fourth World have conducted  its own participatory research project to assess the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs). Through participatory action-research, people living in extreme poverty have evaluated the MDGs in an international programme coordinated by ATD Fourth World. The research aims for the expertise of people living in poverty to be used in developing a new global framework beyond the 2015 deadline. The project began January 2012 and concluded June 2013 at UN headquarters.

Video documentation of the concluding event in June 2013 in New York to the ATD Fourth World Action Research Project on the MDGs.

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Towards sustainable development that leaves no one behind This Working Paper 'Towards sustainable development that leaves no one behind: The challenge of the post-2015 agenda' is the summation of different groups that were brought together in national and international seminars across developing countries. Overall, the events included 2,000 people, a majority of which live in poverty or extreme poverty, to produce a common set of recommendations for the post-2015 agenda. Download
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Knowledge from Experience - 26-27 June This event was held on 26 and 27 June in New York to present the participatory research findings, and spaces for dialogue among people living in extreme poverty, United Nations, academia, key stakeholders and practitioners. The event concluded with a panel discussion and participant presentations at the UN Headquarters. Download
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