Beyond 2015: Towards a New Consensus on Ending Global Poverty
An international and interdisciplinary workshop at
Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada
In Collaboration With
Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP) October 25–‐27, 2012
A conference marking the launch of the Canadian chapter of Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP) organized by: Mitu Sengupta (Ryerson), Gilad Tanay (Yale), Meena Krishnamurthy (Manitoba), Ashok Acharya (Delhi), Matt Lindauer (Yale), and Luis Cabrera (Birmingham). With thanks to Thomas Pogge, Director of the Global Justice Program and Leitner Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs at Yale University.
Additional thanks to: Catherine Lu (McGill), Paul Shaffer (Trent), Matthew Herder (Dalhousie), POGSA (Ryerson), Farah Prashadcolah (Ryerson), Esther Shubert
(Yale), Alexander Pekic (UofT), David Ewert (Yale), Jessica Thorp (Ryerson/York), James Loney (Ryerson/York), Carissa Veliz (CUNY), Daniel Cornell (UConn), ASAP interns, Jake Hirsch-Allen, and Rachel Payne.
All conference videos were filmed at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada by James Loney, a student in the Ryerson University-York University Joint Master’s Program in Communication and Culture.
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Day 1, Opening Remarks
In these remarks, Pogge introduces Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP),
explaining its motivation and goals as they relate to global poverty.
Thomas Pogge, Yale University (at 00:00)
Day 1, Panel 1: Growth, Inequality, and Unemployment
This panel examines general strategies for global poverty eradication. The discussion focuses on strategies for tackling inequality, ensuring inclusive growth, and creating employment.
Chaired by Roberta Rice, University of Toronto at Scarborough
Paul Shaffer, Trent University (at 1:12)
Albert Berry, University of Toronto (at 13:38)
Solomon Benatar, University of Cape Town (at 35:13)
Murtaza Haider, Ryerson University (at 43:43)
Randy Spence, Economics and Social Development Associates (at 59:50)
Day 1, Panel 2: Reforming Governance and Institutions – Connecting the Local with the Global
The two sessions that comprise this panel examine general strategies for global poverty eradication, recognizing poverty as a global problem that requires responses not only at the national level but also at the global level.
Chaired by Anil Varughese, Carleton University
Chaired by Andrea Brown, Wilfred Laurier University
Day 2, Panel 1: Opening Remarks
These remarks begin a series of panels that examine general strategies for global poverty eradication. The focus of Pogge and Tanay’s remarks is on reforming global institutions and the supranational rules that perpetuate global poverty and inequality.
Day 2, Panel 1: Replacing the Millennium Development Goals
This panel examines specific strategies for influencing the MDG replacement process, emphasizing consensus building within the academic community.
Chaired by Gilad Tanay, Yale University
Varun Gauri, World Bank (at 00:00)
Sakiko Fukuda Parr, New School (at 19:10)
James Orbinski, Balsillie School of International Affairs (at 38:35)
Stephen Marks, Harvard University (at 1:12:35)
Meera Tiwari, University of East London (at 1:29:01)
Discussion (at 1:48:39)
Day 2, Panel 2: Curbing Illicit Financial Flows as an International Development Goal
In this panel, speakers discuss the significance of illicit financial flows as a factor contributing to the persistence of global poverty, along with possible solutions at both the global and national levels.
Chaired by Melissa Williams, University of Toronto
Raymond Baker, Global Financial Integrity ( at 00:00)
Chris MacDonald, Ryerson University (at 17:05)
Ian Smillie, Diamond Development Initiative (at 30:37)
Thomas Tieku, Munk School of Global Affairs University of Toronto (at 50:27)
Discussion (at 1:03:38)
Day 3, Panel 1: Innovation and Access to Medicines
This panel examines how innovations might be stimulated through an alternative scheme under which innovators could sell their product at cost in exchange for publicly funded reward payments proportional to the product’s measured benefits.
Matthew Herder, Dalhousie University (at 00:00)
Stephen Marks, Harvard University, as Chair (at 11:18)
Tim Gilbert, Gilberts Avant Garde Lawyers (at 12:20)
Alex Wellington, Ryerson University (at 26:28)
Aidan Hollis, University of Calgary (at 42:17)
Ryoa Chung, University of Montreal (at 1:00:27)
Jocelyn Mackie, Grand Challenges Canada (at 1:15:40)
Discussion (at 1:31:52)
Day 3, Panel 2: Consultations with Civil Society Groups and Community Leaders
In this panel, representatives of the non—profit sector identify problems, propose solutions, and offer insight, expertise, and advice to the academics, students, aid practitioners and policymakers attending the workshop. The discussion focuses on the role of civil society and community organizations in global poverty alleviation and their thoughts about linking local issues and struggles with those that are transnational or global in focus.
Chaired by Lisa Mills, Carleton University
John Lewis, KAIROS (at 0:00)
Winnie Ng, CAW Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy (at 16:00)
Sara Hildebrand, Millennium Kids (at 32:20)
Salimah Valiani, Ontario Nurses Association (at 43:32)
Ian Smillie, Diamond Development Initiative (at 59:54)
Discussion (at 1:18:26)
Day 3, Panel 3: Consultations with Students
Members of ASAP jump start an open group discussion by discussing the role that students can play in ASAP.
Chaired by Melanie Adrian, Carleton University