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The live below the line challenge

Started this discussion. Last reply by Valentine Olushola Oyedipe Apr 21, 2015. 3 Replies

What do you think of the live #BelowTheLine challenge? My daughter is going to live with less than $1.50 a day to raise…Continue

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http://togetherindignity.wordpress.com/
Job Title
Deputy Director General
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All Together in Dignity/ATD Fourth World
What are your interests and areas of expertise in international relations?
Aid, Democracy, Development, Governance, Human Rights, Peace, Poverty
Tell everyone a little about yourself and what you hope to gain from the Global Ethics Network.
My work is with people and families living in extreme poverty in many countries. Their experience of solidarity and intelligence in human relations can help all of us to build a more ethical world.

“Why Me?” – When a Bird’s Nest is Broken

In western Europe and North America, social services continue to remove many children from the care of loving, non-abusive parents because of poverty. Again and again, adults who experienced this as children tell us of regrets and frustrations that haunt them. While the goal of social services is to protect these children’s future, they seem to have no understanding of the harm that can be done by breaking families apart. On other continents where public social services cannot afford this approach, it is sometimes imported by international non-profit organizations, some of whose main goal is to find children who can be adopted in other countries.

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http://togetherindignity.wordpress.com/2014/04/15/why-me-when-a-birds-nest-is-broken/

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Poverty, Powder Kegs, and Stereotypes

Posted on July 29, 2015 at 9:57am 0 Comments

Have you ever heard it said that “poverty is a powder keg”? That image has been used by leaders like Bill Clinton and Desmond Tutu in an attempt to spur society to overcome poverty — a worthy goal. But unfortunately that same image feeds the stereotype of the poor as violent, dangerous, and undeserving of help. In every country, this prejudice leads society to distrust the homeless, beggars, or street children.…



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Advocating for Better Humanitarian Aid

Posted on April 9, 2015 at 11:07am 0 Comments

The United Nations is planning a World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) — scheduled for May 2016 in Istanbul — in order to improve the effectiveness of aid to victims of both armed conflicts and…

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Judgment and Longing to Belong

Posted on February 12, 2015 at 4:16am 0 Comments

I really should have known better.

A few days ago, I was chatting with a French friend of mine. When our conversation turned to the Charlie Hebdo shootings, I began reeling off questions—when she lost her temper with me.

“You’re piling on!”

“But I was only asking questions! There are so many things about France that I don’t understand well…

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When Elephants Fight: Why We Need More Sustainable Community Organizing

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 6:14am 0 Comments

“Why are you wasting time by reaching out to people who can’t be bothered to come to meetings, or who don’t dare open their mouths? You’re bottom-dragging.”

I was shocked when I heard the words “bottom-dragging,” a terribly insulting way to refer to efforts to connect people with one another. The questions, asked of us by the…

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