October 17 is the United Nations International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. This year’s official commemoration at UN Headquarters in New York will be an occasion to recognize people living in poverty as critical partners for fighting the development challenges we face. See how you can get involved at un.org/en/events/povertyday/.

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Our societies too often ignore or undervalue the knowledge of people living in the worst situations of poverty because we assume wrongly that people who lack so much in terms of material wealth, social position and political power, must also lack any knowledge or understanding that could be useful to others […] As a result, all too often, the policies and programmes meant to eradicate poverty are ill-adapted to the needs, realities and expectations of the people they are supposed to be helping.

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