Join the Permanent Forum on Extreme Poverty in the World

An international forum of solidarity among those working to overcoming extreme poverty

The Permanent Forum came into existence at the end of the 1950s, as Joseph Wresinski and the families of Noisy-le-Grand found themselves isolated and searching for a way forward. During this period, Wresinski decided to create a network of friends around the world, so that individuals and small organizations also working with people in extreme poverty should not remain isolated in their efforts to fight poverty. Today, this network is called the “Permanent Forum on Extreme Poverty in the World”.

The Forum is coordinated by ATD Fourth World, but all participants in the Forum have their own identity, objectives, and philosophy. The aim is not for participants to join ATD Fourth World.

The objective of the Forum is rather to enable participants to share their questions, successes, and failures, and to think with others about their own projects and their commitment to the fight against poverty in a spirit of freedom and reciprocity.

The Forum does not have a legal status or a membership structure. It does not provide subsidies or material or financial assistance, and cannot be used as a platform for promoting individual interests or projects.

The network’s resources are minimal: personalized correspondence and a simple newsletter — “Letter to Friends Around the World” — published three times a year (currently in English, French, and Spanish). Through this letter, someone living in Colombia, for example, can learn about the work of someone fighting poverty in Morocco, and perhaps offer encouragement or a new perspective.

The real strength of the Forum derives from the commitment and the testimonies of people in poverty themselves and of those who are working alongside them.

To learn more, and to subscribe to the Letter to Friends Around the World, visit

Permanent Forum on Extreme Poverty in the World
International Movement ATD Fourth World
107, avenue du Général Leclerc
95480 Pierrelaye (France)