Structural Roots of Poverty


The Structural Roots of Global Poverty: Theory Meets Practice

February 14-16, 2013, Yale University

The Faculty Room, Connecticut Hall, Old Campus, 1017 Chapel Street


Academics Stand Against Poverty sponsored The Structural Roots of Poverty: Theory Meets Practice, the fourth annual conference of The Global Justice Program at Yale’s MacMillan Center and Global Financial Integrity. This three-day conference brought together academic, policy, and advocacy communities to investigate the structural roots of global poverty, focusing on illicit financial flows and tax policy, the post-2015 development agenda, climate change, and global health. Speakers addressed ASAP-supported projects, including the Global Poverty Consensus Report, the Institutional Reform Goals campaign, and the Health Impact Fund.

The conference commenced on the morning of Thursday, February 14, with a day-long exploration of the relationship between tax policy, illicit financial flows, and global poverty. Friday, February 15, featured discussion of priorities for development after 2015, when the Millennium Development Goals expire. Speakers were encouraged to focus on the themes of governance and global institutional reform, inclusive participatory consultation, and merging the environmental sustainability and poverty alleviation agendas. Saturday, February 16, was broken into two sessions, one focusing on climate change and global poverty, and the other on international cooperation for innovation in global health. The conference concluded Saturday evening.


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Day 1, February 14: Tax Justice and Illicit Financial Flows. Speakers include:

Thomas Pogge (Yale University), Reuven Avi-Yonah (University of Michigan), Stephen Cohen (Georgetown University), Daniel Reeves (formerly IRS), Anne Alstott (Yale University), Leonard McCarthy (World Bank), Monica Bhatia (OECD), Jack Blum (Tax Justice Network USA), Corinna Gilfillan (Global Witness), Tom Cardamone (Global Financial Integrity), Daniel Kaufmann (Revenue Watch), and Raymond Baker (Global Financial Integrity).


Day 2, February 15: The Post-2015 Development Agenda. Speakers include:

Gilad Tanay (Academics Stand Against Poverty), Thomas Pogge (Yale University), Ignacio Saiz (Center for Economic and Social Rights), Atul Singh (Fair Observer), Sam Worthington (InterAction), James Fishkin (Stanford University), Bernadette Fischler (CAFOD), Wael Hmaidan (Climate Action Network International), Maria Ivanova (University of Massachusetts Boston), and Mitu Sengupta (Ryerson University)


Day 3, February 16: Global Health and Climate Justice. Speakers include:

Thomas Pogge (Yale University), John-Arne Røttingen (Harvard University), Mel Spigelman (TB Alliance), Jeffrey Sachs (Columbia University), Michael Gerrard (Columbia University), Toon Huydecoper (Supreme Court of the Netherlands), Sébastien Jodoin (One Justice Project), Paul Joffe (World Resources Institute), Jaap Spier (formerly Supreme Court of the Netherlands), and Michael Dorsey (Wesleyan University)

This event was made possible through the generous support of Global Financial Integrity, the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale, the Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund, the Comparative Research Program on Poverty, Academics Stand Against Poverty, and the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights Law at Yale Law School.