Undergraduate student leaders from the Birmingham UK ASAP chapter gained invaluable insight into the lives of the global poor in taking the poverty-line challenge. They pledged to spend no more than £1 per day on food for five consecutive days. That limit is approximately equivalent to the World Bank’s global poverty line, or the level below which a person is said to be living in extreme poverty.
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Interacting with the media (in whatever form) allows your research to reach thousands or even millions of people, through TV, press, blogs and social media. Although there remains residual reluctance amongst some academics to undertake this kind of activity it offers unique opportunities to raise the profile of work to funding bodies, create public awareness of an issue or to communicate research to other specialists through trade and academic press.
Keith Horton / ASAP Board Member Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Wollongong / firstname.lastname@example.org / I floated the original ASAP proposal in 2009 and, in partnership with Meena Krishnamurthy, made the first efforts at enlisting other academics. My background is in moral philosophy, and I had become convinced that people and governments in rich countries (the ‘global rich’) are morally required to do much more than they are currently doing to tackle severe poverty in poor countries.
A Summary Report by Knut-Eric Joslin The next two years will be a formative period for potential successors to the Millennium Development Goals, and a significant policy dialogue has already begun. Given differences in the degree of elaboration, the diversity of orientations, and the multifaceted nature of the proposals, a key question is how to […]
Here are Thomas Pogge’s closing comments at the “Impact: Global Poverty” meeting to launch ASAP in the UK, held at the University of Birmingham. He offers thoughts on the global potential of ASAP, as well as pitfalls to avoid. / Start with the thought that the central purpose of ASAP is to reduce poverty. Upstream from this purpose we must ask: what is poverty, what are we to measure our work against? Here, it is important to communicate with poor people themselves. Poor people may not make a strong distinction between poverty and other vulnerabilities; they may see lack of resources as intimately intertwined with vulnerability to violence, for example, and with indignities suffered from officials. Maybe we should then also see their problem in broader terms.
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As part of our student journey of understanding poverty and how attempts at alleviating it are made on local and global levels, it is useful to understand how a non-governmental organization that is both locally and globally entrenched views the issues. Islamic Relief provides us not only with the mainstream NGO development strategy, but it also incorporates some faith-based values.
The organization was founded in the UK in 1984, with its head office in Birmingham, England. It works in over 30 countries around the world and its mission is to contribute in the efforts to alleviate poverty and bring an end to the sufferings of the world poorest.
Some of the world’s most prominent economists, development studies specialists and philosophers have joined the ASAP Advisory Board. The board will offer advice on ASAP collaboration efforts, as well as on specific impact projects. The members of the board are: Bina Argawal – Director and Professor of Economics, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi University Sabina […]
By Joshua Lindsey-Turner Students from the University of Birmingham’s ASAP chapter hosted a panel of experts from across the development sector. More than 70 students, staff and members of the public attended the debate and contributed to the discussions. This was the first event hosted by the Birmingham Chapter and it has formed the foundations […]
Professor Thomas Pogge, Leitner Professor of Philosopy and International Affairs at Yale, is a political philosopher who has published widely on Kant and in moral and political philosophy, including books on John Rawls and global justice. His book World Poverty and Human Rights is widely regarded as one of the most important works on global […]
In their new book More Than Good Intentions, Dean Karlan and Jacob Appel explore the power of experimental design to reveal more effective ways to address aspects of global poverty.