Institutional Reform Goals

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Welcome to ASAP’s Institutional Reform Goals (IRG) Project Hub


ASAP’s IRG project was launched in 2012 at Yale University.  It is a research and advocacy project that aims for the reform of supranational institutional rules and practices that are worsening poverty globally. The IRG project is led by Thomas Pogge (Professor of Philosophy, Yale University) and Mitu Sengupta (Associate Professor of Politics, Ryerson University). 

Focus Areas and Project Objectives 

The need for systemic reforms of global institutions has become a focal point in the debate on what the scope and content of the emerging Sustainable Development Goals should be (the SDGs will replace the UN Millennium Development Goals when they expire in 2015).  Given the time-sensitive nature of this debate and official deliberations on the subject, the IRG project’s principal focus area for the next one year will be the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Moving into the longer term, we have identified ten focus areas in which the reform of global rules and practices could have a major impact on human development and poverty eradication: (1) illicit financial flows , (2) international resource and borrowing privileges, (3) intellectual property law, (4) democratization and accountability, (5) international labor standards, (6) international trade, (7) environmental sustainability and climate change, (8) global migration, (9) the arms trade, and (10) debt.

For each of our focus areas, we will:

1. Articulate politically feasible institutional reform goals and illustrative targets to be presented through research-backed policy papers.

2. Work to build a broad coalition of academics and civil society members to support our call for new institutional reform goals.

3. Promote these institutional reform goals widely (as a first step, by engaging with and intervening in the post-MDG debate).

ASAP’s IRG project is ambitious and unique. While other NGOs are campaigning in many of the 10 areas we have identified, very few understand them as systematically interrelated.

[For more information on the IRG project’s focus areas, click on the ‘Focus Areas’ tab at the top of this page].