About ASAP




Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP) is an international association focused on helping researchers and teachers enhance their impact on poverty. It does so by advancing collaboration among poverty-focused academics, with an emphasis on South-North connections; promoting effective outreach to policy makers and broader public audiences; and helping academic puruse applied research and intervention projects as well as campaigns on specific issues.

ASAP is headquartered in New Haven, Connecticut, USA, and is supported by paid staff based there. Its global efforts are guided by an 11-member Board of Directors comprised of academics and practitioners working in six countries, chaired by Prof. Thomas Pogge of Yale University. Additionally, global officers and committee members oversee specific task areas, including communications, website, membership, and fundraising. Read about them here.

ASAP has Chapters launched or in development in Austria, Brazil Cambodia, Canada, India, Italy, Germany, Mexico, Oceania, Romania, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States, and West Africa. In total, more than 1,200 ASAP members work and study in universities, research centers, and NGOs worldwide.

In addition, a 21-member Advisory Board, which includes some of the world’s most widely recognized and influential poverty researchers, gives continuous input to the ASAP Board.

In its governance processes, ASAP strives to be inclusive and transparent at all levels: Global Board of Directors and Committees, Chapters and in ASAP-sponsored projects. Broad input on proposals and operating processes is invited from members and non-members, and proposals for ASAP initiatives, including intervention projects and campaigns on specific issues, are actively encouraged.

ASAP has a range of efforts underway in each of the core mission areas of Impact, Outreach, and Collaboration. Here are details, including project contact information. We welcome volunteers and contributors to all efforts. If you have ideas for a new project or initiative, or would like to speak to ASAP about collaboration on an existing effort, please contact Rachel Payne or Luis Cabrera at rachel@academicsstand.org  or l.cabrera@griffith.edu.eu.


Conferences: ASAP has staged country-chapter launch conferences involving hundreds of participants at Yale University, the University of Delhi, the University of Birmingham, the University of Oslo, Ryerson University, and Notre Dame’s London Campus. If you have an active network of academics focused on poverty-related issues in your country and would like to propose an ASAP launch, please contact Rachel Payne or Luis Cabrera at rachel@academicsstand.org or l.cabrera@griffith.edu.au.

ASAP Internship Program: ASAP is offering students a unique opportunity to intern for a range of academically based projects focused on global poverty. The ASAP internship program is designed for students interested in doing work that has a real impact on global poverty while utilizing and developing their skills as academics. Contact Rachel Payne at rachel@academcisstand.org for more information.


Impact: Global Poverty: Promoting direct positive impact on aspects of global poverty is at the core of the ASAP mission. Impact: Global Poverty is a new ASAP-sponsored project aimed at sharing information and best practices from academic efforts at influencing poverty policy and civil-society efforts. Impact: Global Poverty is a free online series of articles, interviews, background reports, and how-tos on promoting impact. It is both theoretical, exploring ways to conceptualize positive impact and effectively pursue it, and practical, offering compelling narratives about academics who have achieved positive impact through policy consultations, civil society campaigns, and on-the-ground interventions. For more information, or to nominate an impact-oriented academic for a profile article, please contact Luis Cabrera at l.cabrera@griffith.edu.au.

Videos: ASAP web site designers are recruiting and compiling videos by academics for use on the site. If you have video of a poverty-related presentation, campaign, documentary, teaching materials, etc., please consider proposing it for the ASAP site. Contact Luis Cabrera at l.cabrera@griffith.edu.au. 

Applied Research and Intervention Projects

Global Poverty Consensus Report: This project aims at building an inclusive academic consensus on what ought and can be done to alleviate global poverty, and its findings are a key part of the dialogue around what international priorities in poverty alleviation.  ASAP’s aim is to create consensus around the “must have” features of an international poverty alleviation agenda. So far, ASAP has conducted more than 40 interviews with world-leading experts on their priorities for poverty-alleviation efforts and has identified 1,400+ researchers for input via survey.

For more information and to join the effort, contact Rachel Payne at rachel@academicsstand.org.

Illicit Financial Flows Project: Every year, $1 trillion is spirited out of developing countries through corruption, smuggling, money laundering, and corporate tax evasion. These illicit financial flows greatly aggravate poverty and oppression by weakening the institutions that are intended to sustain the rights and livelihoods of the poor. This project aims to establish a financial transparency and IFF-curtailing goal as part of the post-MDG framework. For more information, contact Rachel Payne at rachel@academicsstand.org.

Moral Psychology and Poverty Alleviation Project: What are the factors that determine whether individuals are motivated to aid the global poor? This project aims to answer this question by bringing together academics who work in areas such as cognitive science, moral philosophy, and political science to discover more effective means of motivating individuals to act on their obligations to alleviate global poverty. For more information, contact Matt Lindauer at matthew.lindauer@yale.edu

Know Your Rights India: This pilot research project is focused on improving access to information for very poor persons in India about government entitlements and how to effectively claim them. For information, contact Ashok Acharya at aacharya.du@gmail.com.