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.
ASAP president Thomas Pogge spoke at TEDx Yale on the connection between market incentives and poverty alleviation: Board member Gilad Tanay spoke at the same TEDx event discussing the ethics of being born in an unfair world:
Undergraduate students in India, the UK and United States will form the core of ASAP’s Global Student Advisory Board. The board is designed as a means of helping students share their insights and energies alongside their ASAP-member instructors, especially in helping ASAP achieve its impact aims for addressing severe poverty. Inaugural members are Kuldeep Thakre […]
The concept behind the Global Poverty Project. Catalyzing the movement to end extreme poverty. Come and see a presentation from July 4 onwards.