Family and relational poverty: Forist Report by The Family International Monitor

On Tuesday, June 23,  2020, at 3.00 pm CEST the Family International Monitor is proposing an-on line presentation of the first draft of the International Report on family and relational poverty, a cross-national research in many countries from different parts of the world. This Report if the first step of a wider three-year research project.

The Family International Monitor is an international research project. It was inspired by Pope Francis and it was launched in December 2018, by The Pontifical Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, the Catholic University of Murcia and the International Center for Family Studies (Cisf) in Milan.

Its main general goal is to analize and describe how real families are living all over the world.

The first three-year research project is focussed on “family and poverty”, in direct connection with some of the Goals of the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030 (SDG).

The core of collected information is based on the National Local Reports, which have been produced by a network of eleven research centers, from eleven countries in different parts of the world: Benin, Brasil, Chile, India, Italy, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, Qatar, Spain and South Africa.

The main focus of the Report 2020 highlights the active role of the family as a social actor, which is capable of autonomous choices. The Report also considers the poverty as a multidimensional phenomenon, which needs to be analized not only on its economic and monetary dimensions,  but also on its relational and educational frailties. Poverty is also strongly influenced by social isolation and marginalization.

This research included quantitative and qualitative data, paying special attention to the micro-social level. So the traditional maro-economic quantitative indicators are integrated by a set of qualitative data, such as good practices of empowerment and life stories of real families.

At the meeting there will intervene archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, Gran Chancellor of the Pontifical Theological Institute John Paul II and President of International Family Monitor, Pierangelo Sequeri, Dean of the Pontifical Theological Institute John Paul II, vice president of the International Family Monitor, José Luis Mendoza Pérez, president of the Catholic Univeristy of Murcia and Executive vice president of the Family International Monitor.

This on-line presentation will offer a first preview of the main results from the National reports, which confirm that in many National contexts some specifical family condition ore more vulnerable than others:poverty in many countries single-parent families are at higher risk of relational and economic poverty; in some countries there is a high percentage of teen-pregnancies and teen-mothers; domestic violence emerged as a rather ridde but wide spread phenomenon; and a growing hardship in the daily care for the elderly is emerging in many countries, even in those with a lower peecentage of elderly people.

This preliminary overview of the country reports shows on the whole that the families’  strenghts and resilience are even more useful and active in the most hard social and economic challenges. According to the research results, family relations are one of the most important resources for coping internal and external stress in the family life, but they are much more relevant for vulnerable people.

The presentation will be on live-streaming on Facebook and Twitter pages of the Family International Monitor.

A Q&A (Questions & Answers) session will be possible during the streaming.

Any question must be addressed to