We are pleased to invite you to the 10th Interdisciplinary Conference on Nature–Human–Culture combined with the launch of the Polish Chapter of Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP), held in cooperation with Academics Stand Against Poverty and the support of the Pedagogical University of Cracow.
The event will be held in Cracow, Poland on June 13-16, 2019.
The launch of ASAP-Poland will be supported by the special panel ‘Poverty and Development’ and a book publication. If you want to participate in the Conference, please register here: www.nck2019.up.krakow.pl
The ‘Connected Sociologies’ conference is being hosted at NUI Galway (Ireland) on the 10th and 11th May.
Nita Mishra (ASAP Ireland) will be hosting a panel.
Studies on how poverty is perceived would particularly be of interest – either theoretical studies or studies from the field.
Please can contact ASAP Global if you are interesting in contributing.
The fifth Amartya Sen Prize will be awarded in March 2018 by Academics Stand Against Poverty and Global Financial Integrity for the two best original essays on assessing the human impact of illicit financial flows out of Africa. This year’s winning recipient is Kenneth Okpomo, with the second place being awarded to Janet Bolarinwa.
Both recipients will accept their prizes and prize monies personally at a social justice conference in Nairobi: “Improving Domestic Resource Mobilization and Stemming Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs): Enhancing Institutionalised International Cooperation and local capacity for DRM”; 12th – 15th March 2019, Hekima Jesuit University College Peace Institute, Nairobi, Kenya.
Kenneth Okpomo was educated at the University of Nigeria Nsukka (Enugu state) where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree (Hons) in Sociology and Anthropology. While at this university he took courses on Social Research Methodology, Sociological Theories & Analysis, Race and Ethnic Relations, and Criminology & Penology. Kenneth is currently enrolled for the Master of Science degree in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution at the National Open University of Nigeria.
He has, at various times, been a freelance journalist and writer. As an interdisciplinary scholar, his area of interests cut across the social sciences and humanities. Kenneth’s articles have appeared in mediums/channels such as The Post Express, Nigerian Voice, Gamji News, Bizness Watch International, My Spur Magazine, and the Journal of Medical Humanities.
His essays (well noted for their rare insights and astute analysis) have been awarded prizes by institutions in the United States, United Kingdom, Netherlands, South Korea, South Africa, and Nigeria. In mid 2018, Kenneth won the first prize in the Daisy Alliance Essay Contest for his essay “The North Korean Nuclear Conundrum: Is a Peaceful Resolution Possible?”-
He is also the recipient of the Ashridge Business School/Guardian Media Group Essay Prize (Best Overseas Category) with his essay on the challenges confronting public-sector leaders in Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger-Delta region, among other awards.
Janet Oluwayinka Bolarinwa, is a Nigerian from Oyo State, who attended the University of Jos where she graduated with a BSc (Ed) in Physics Education. Subsequently Janet went on to study her Masters in Education Technology in the National University of Nigeria and his hoping to start her PhD soon.
Janet currently works as a Civil Servant in Nigeria working with the Independent National Electoral Commission.
As part of Anti Poverty week ASAP Oceania launched its report auditing the Australian Government’s progress toward meeting SDG targets. It is the first SDG audit led by the ASAP network.
Academics Stand Against Poverty Oceania (ASAP Oceania)(1). a network of academics and development professionals working in Australia and the Asia Pacific Region, has coordinated experts on several aspects of poverty to write brief, accessible responses to what the Australian Government says about poverty in the Voluntary National Review (VNR).
The report focuses on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that the Australian Government released in June this year.(2).
The conclusions clearly suggest more action is needed by the Australian Government.
Excerpt: Introduction to the report (Keith Horton)
The 17 SDGs, which were adopted by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in 2015, focus on a wide range of developmental and environmental targets. The first goal is ‘End poverty in all its forms everywhere by 2030’, and many of the other goals are related to poverty in a broad, multi-dimensional sense of that term.
So what does the Australian Government say about poverty in the VNR, and how accurate and representative is what it says? Given the unsystematic nature of the VNR and the heterogeneity of its contents, it wasn’t easy to provide a template for responses.
That said, we suggested that contributors construct their responses around the following questions.
1. What does the AVNR write about your field of expertise? (What aspects of that field does the AVNR focus on? What are the main points the AVNR makes?)
2. Is what the AVNR writes about your field of expertise accurate and representative? (Does it potentially mislead by omission? Are the cases the AVNR focuses on representative, or are they cherry-picked? Is data provided where suitable data is available?)
3. In your view, which policies most need to be reformed to improve Australia’s performance in your field of expertise?
The linked document is the resulting report. The topics covered are Food Security, Indigenous Policy, Children and Families, Foreign Aid, Gender, Housing, Social Policy, and Disability. This of course is very far from a complete list of relevant topics, but is nonetheless broad enough to enable one to see if any common themes emerge across different sectors, and hence how systematic any failings are.
(2). Australian Government: Report on the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (2018): https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/19592VNR_final_approved_version.pdf
DEADLINE for panel proposals: 14TH NOV 2018
The annual conference of the Development Studies Association will take place from 19-21 June 2019 at The Open University and will focus on ‘Opening Up Development’.
The Call for panels and roundtables for this conference is now open!
2019 marks the 50th anniversary of The Open University and so we hope you will be able to join us for this special event.
Please visit the conference website homepage, read the conference theme and then head to the call for panels page where you can make your panel and roundtable proposals using the online form. There is also an option to propose more experimental/alternative panel formats this year, so do take a look at the options available.
The deadline for proposals is 14 November 2018.