Multidimensional Coaching for Socio-Economic Advancement of People in Poverty

The purpose of the report is to highlight a relatively new approach to social assistance for people in poverty, focusing on multidimensional coaching. The approach represents a paradigm shift in social assistance design, as it moves away from a top-down relationship between social worker and client towards a more collaborative relationship aimed at empowering the person in poverty. Coaching consists of a systematic, structured and intensive collaboration between the person in poverty and a mentor. It focuses on the many life dimensions that are affected by poverty, starting with an assessment of needs carried out by the person in poverty with the support of a mentor, rather than the other way around.