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ASAP Forms Global Student Advisory Board

Undergraduate students in India, the UK and United States will form the core of ASAP\’s Global Student Advisory Board. The board is designed as a means of helping students share their insights and energies alongside their ASAP-member instructors, especially in helping ASAP achieve its impact aims for addressing severe poverty.

Inaugural members are Kuldeep Thakre of Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi; Zachary Foreman of Yale University, and Joshua Lindsey-Turner of the University of Birmingham.

Major Student Advisory Board initiatives for 2012 include developing an ongoing ASAP internship program, opening formal ASAP student chapters at several universities, and developing a student-led project in Delhi aimed at helping disadvantaged persons gain better access to their government-sponsored entitlements.

For more information, contact Luis Cabrera at


Global Poverty Project Trailer

The concept behind the Global Poverty Project. Catalyzing the movement to end extreme poverty. Come and see a presentation from July 4 onwards.


Academics Campaign on India\’s Missing Girls

In this article, Delhi University faculty member Bijayalaxmi Nanda details the efforts of academics, students and activists to challenge deep discrimination against girl children and women in India. / Census data affirms that sex-selective abortion has become increasingly prevalent in India, including among the urban and rural poor. Government attempts to regulate the practice are often harsh or manipulative, and unscrupulous medical practitioners play a significant role…


The Life You Can Save in 3 Minutes by Peter Singer

In just 3 minutes, this video will tell you how you can save a life… and how we all can save lives. Watch it, spread the word, act. It may be the most important 3 minutes of your life.


Dr. Mitu Sengupta Joins ASAP Board of Directors

Dr. Mitu Sengupta, an Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University in Toronto, has joined the ASAP Board of Directors. Sengupta, who also heads the Centre for Development and Human Rights in Delhi, has been closely involved with ASAP efforts in India, and she is a lead organizer of the ASAP-Canada launch, scheduled for October 2012 at Ryerson.

Sengupta holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Toronto, and an MA and BA in Political Science from McGill University in Montreal. She has published widely on Indian market liberalization and development, on labor and migration, and on the politics of sporting and cultural events. Before her doctoral studies, she worked as a consultant for the UN High Commissioner of Refugees, in addition to working as an editorial writer in Delhi.

\”I am delighted to welcome Mitu Sengupta to the Board of Directors,\” said Board Chair Thomas Pogge of Yale University. \”She has greatly contributed to ASAP\’s efforts for most of its existence, with much energy, grace and intelligence. Her participation on the Board will greatly strengthen our work, especially in India and Canada.\”

The ASAP Board is tasked with developing and promoting core ASAP efforts, including conferences, impact projects and activities focused on promoting collaboration between researchers, teachers and students working on aspects of poverty reduction. Its nine board members are drawn from universities in the United States, Canada, India, Spain, Australia and the United Kingdom.