ASAP Canada Launch


Beyond 2015: Towards a New Consensus on Ending Global Poverty

An international and interdisciplinary workshop

that took place at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

on October 25, 26, and 27, 2012


For the full program of the conference, please click here


For the final conference report, please click here


Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP), a global network of academics, students, and poverty-focused specialists, will mark the launch of its Canadian chapter with a three-day intensive workshop at Ryerson University in downtown Toronto, “Beyond 2015: Towards a New Consensus on Ending Global Poverty.”

The specific focus of the workshop is on the current process for replacing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a global agreement to reduce poverty and related deprivations that will expire in 2015. The themes of the workshop, as detailed below, are united by the concern that the new international agreement superseding the MDGs will make good on the promise of ending world poverty.

Day 1, October 25 (Thomas Lounge, Oakham House, Ryerson University, 9:00am—6:30pm): Will focus on general strategies for global poverty eradication, with an emphasis on recognizing poverty as a global problem that requires responses not only at the national level – such as tackling inequality, ensuring inclusive growth, and creating employment – but also at the global level, such as reforming global institutions, and the supranational rules and regimes that perpetuate global poverty and inequality. Speakers include: Albert Berry (Economics, University of Toronto), Solomon R. Benatar (Bioethics, University of Cape Town & University of Toronto), Pablo Idahosa (African Studies, York University), Mustafa Koc (Centre for Studies in Food Security, Ryerson University), Ananya Mukherjee-Reed (Political Science, York University), Richard Sandbrook (Political Science, University of Toronto), Paul Shaffer (International Development Studies, Trent University), Mitu Sengupta (Politics, Ryerson University), and Joseph Wong (Political Science, University of Toronto).

Day 2, October 26 (POD250, Jorgensen Hall, Ryerson University, 9:00am—6:30pm): Will focus on specific strategies of influencing the MDG replacement process. Special emphasis will be given to consensus building within the academic community and curtailing illicit financial flows as a potential goal for the post-MDG framework. Speakers include: Raymond Baker (Director, Global Financial Integrity), Sakiko Fukuda Parr (International Affairs, New School of Social Research, NY), Varun Gauri (Senior Economist, the World Bank), Stephen Lewis (Distinguished Visiting Professor, Ryerson University), James Orbinski (CIGI Chair and Professor in Global Health, Balsillie School of International Affairs), Thomas Pogge (Leitner Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs, Yale University), Ian Smillie (Chair, Diamond Development Initiative), and Melissa Williams (Political Science, University of Toronto).

Day 3, October 27 (Thomas Lounge, Oakham House, Ryerson University, 9:00am—6:30pm): Will focus on specific strategies for changing global rules and social institutions to benefit the poor, with a special emphasis on performance-based reward schemes in the area of pharmaceutical innovation. This will be followed by open discussion and consultation with university students, aid practitioners, and representatives of the non-profit sector, on how to collaboratively carry this agenda forward, internationally and in Canada. Speakers include: Ryoa Chung (Philosophy, University of Montreal), Tim Gilbert (Gilbert’s LLP, Avant Garde Lawyers), Aidan Hollis (Economics, University of Calgary), Meena Krishnamurthy (Philosophy, University of Manitoba), Catherine Lu (Political Science, McGill University), Stephen Marks (Harvard School of Public Health), Winnie Ng (CAW Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy, Ryerson University), Salimah Valiani (Ontario Nurses Association), and Alex Wellington (Philosophy, Ryerson University).

While there is no registration fee for this workshop, seating is limited, and will be on a first come, first served basis. We ask that you RSVP for the event in order to determine our numbers for catering.

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This event is made possible due to generous support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Office of the Vice President Research and Innovation, Ryerson University, the Politics and Governance Course Union, Ryerson University, and the Comparative Research Programme on Poverty, the University of Bergen, Norway. The principal organizers of this event are Mitu Sengupta, Department of Politics & Public Administration, Ryerson University and Gilad Tanay, Department of Philosophy, Yale University.