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Panel Discussion “The Hidden Dimensions of Poverty in Asia”

14 November, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

In Asia, absolute poverty has sharply declined, but relative poverty remains entrenched. Various types of poverty alleviation programs have been implemented both by governments and non-government organizations in the realms of health, housing, education and economic empowerment. However, like in others countries worldwide, the blind spot of these programs remains at what do people, who actually live in poverty, say about how themselves are affected by poverty? How do they define and assess their situation? 

The panel on 14 November at 6 PM at SEA Junction aims to highlight the urgent need for a better understanding of the multiple ways people experience poverty and the importance of assessing with the concerned people, the often – overlapping deprivation they face. The panel is organized by All Together in Dignity or ATD Fourth World and is based on its recognition that all persons living in poverty have an untapped knowledge. From their life experience, they possess insights into the operational problems that arise from the way development policies are often designed and applied, and have valuable ideas on how these problems might be addressed and if given a fair opportunity they can contribute with essential understandings. When complemented by the knowledge, representations and practices of other involved stakeholders, it can culminate into a comprehensive and holistic response, which is liable to make policies and programs more appropriate and efficient. The panel therefore aims to provide insight into the broader knowledge on poverty highlighted by those who experience it.

Panel Discussion Agenda on 14 November at 6 pm – 7.30 pm 


Narumol Nirathron, Associate Professor Faculty of Social Administration, Thammasat University


  • Poverty and imbalanced development of communities in Myanmar
    May Thazin Aung, Research Associate, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
  • Homelessness Research by firsthand experience of living on the street in Manila, Bangkok and Tokyo
    Boonlert Visetpricha, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Sociology and Anthropology, Thammasat University.
  • Outcome of ATD Fourth World & Oxford University on the “Hidden Dimensions of Poverty 2019” Claude Heyberger, Regional Delegate of ATD Fourth World in Asia


NB: The report “Hidden Dimension of Poverty 2019” can be found at https://www.atd-fourthworld.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2019/05/Dim_Pauvr_eng_FINAL_July.pdf

Speakers’ Bios

May Thazin Aung

May Thazin Aung is a research associate at Stockholm Environment Institute, based at Chulalongkorn University. She works on policy research and engagement in relation to environmental issues. 

Boonlert Visetpricha

Boonlert is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Sociology and Anthropology at Thammasat University. He is interested in urban anthropology, marginalized people, violence and social suffering in Southeast Asia with a particular focus on the Philippines. 

Claude Heyberger

Claude is a regional delegate of ATD Fourth World in Asia. Claude engaged through the participatory research on “The Hidden Dimensions of Poverty” by ATD Fourth World and Oxford University in 2019. 

Photo Courtesy: Yoonki Kim

For information/reservation for our events please email southeastasiajunction@gmail.com or phone/wa+66970024140 

NB: Events are free, but donation most welcome!


SEA Junction, OUR Venue to Connect on Southeast Asia SEA Junction aims to foster understanding and appreciation of Southeast Asia in all its socio-cultural dimensions – from arts and lifestyles to economy and development. Conveniently located at Room 408 of the Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre or BACC (across MBK, BTS National Stadium) SEA Junction facilitates public access to knowledge resources and exchanges among students, practitioners and Southeast Asia lovers. For more information see www.seajunction.org and join the Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1693055870976440/  

ATD Fourth World Thailand

Established in Thailand in 1980, ATD Fourth World Thailand works with the Friends of ATD Thailand Foundation so as to build better understanding of the lives of people in poverty. In addition, it aims to create supportive environments in marginalized communities of Bangkok. For more information see https://www.atd-fourthworld.org/


14 November, 2019
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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SEA Junction, Room 408, BACC
939 Rama 1 Rd, Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330 Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand
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