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Call for Papers and Special Issue Proposals

Call for papers

Journal ASAP is looking to publish articles that promote understanding, prevention, and eradication of poverty and its effects.

The journal publishes quality articles describing original and unpublished results of theoretical, empirical, normative, or analytical research on poverty-related topics.

They are looking for and encouraging contributions by authors from the Global South and authors such as research essays, review papers, research notes, reports, book reviews, opinions, letters, and interviews that articulate the needs and concerns of the global poor. 

For more information, please visit this website

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A Word from the ASAP President…

In 2022, Academics Stand Against Poverty inaugurated the Ambedkar Grants for Advancing Poverty Eradication (AGAPE), providing competitive funding and mentoring for innovative pilot projects in severe poverty eradication with strong prospects of cost-effective scale-up. The first four grants have been made, and a new round of AGAPE grant funding for 2023 was announced. 

In partnership with Global Financial Integrity, ASAP also selected and honored the winners of the Ninth Annual Amartya Sen Essay Prize Competition on illicit financial outflows from poor countries – while announcing the Tenth Competition and publishing the winning essays of the Eighth in Journal ASAP.

ASAP continues to work closely with Yale’s Global Justice Program on various fronts. One key idea is to incentivize the development and deployment of innovations through publicly funded impact rewards rather than patent-based monopoly rents. This option is needed especially in the domains of green and health technologies. Impact rewards would take account of the third-party effects of innovations, make beneficial innovations much more affordable, and draw R&D efforts to the specific needs of the poor. In partnership with JENA and AHETI in Africa, and RIS in India, we have been pushing this idea at the T7 and T20 as well as at COP27.

Another joint effort is focused on the 42% of humanity who cannot afford a healthy diet – a horrendous silent catastrophe that is widely ignored, with a large percentage of global food production wasted or converted to biofuels.

2022 saw the retirement of Helen Lang as ASAP’s Global Coordinator and Helen Yanacopulos as Secretary of the ASAP Board with our gratitude for their great contributions over many years. We welcome Zeke Ngcobo as our new Global Coordinator and plan to add one or two Board Members soon.

Academics Stand Against Poverty is still more wish than reality. But if even just one in a thousand scholars and educators were actively to join us, we would stand a real chance to achieve at least that small shift in the global distribution needed to end the more severe forms of poverty.

Thank You.

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Tenth Annual Amartya Sen Prize

This year, Global Financial Integrity, Academics Stand Against Poverty and Yale’s Global Justice Program will be awarding the Tenth annual Amartya Sen Prizes to the two best original essays examining one particular component of illicit financial flows, the resulting harms, and possible avenues of reform. Illicit financial flows are explicitly recognized as an obstacle to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and are singled out as target #4 of SDG 16.

They are defined as cross-border movements of funds that are illegally earned, transferred, or used – such as funds earned through illegal trafficking in persons, drugs, or weapons; funds illegally transferred through mispriced exchanges (e.g., among affiliates of a multinational firm seeking to shift profits to reduce taxes); goods misinvoiced or funds moved in order to evade taxes; and funds used for corruption of or by public or corporate officials.  

Components of illicit financial flows can be delimited by sector or geographically. Delimitation by sector might focus your essay on some specific activity, business, or industry – such as art, real estate, health care, technology, entertainment, shipping, weapons, agriculture, sports, gaming, education, politics, tourism, natural resource extraction, banking, and financial services – or on an even narrower subsector such as the diamond trade, hunting, insurance, or prostitution.  Delimitation by geography might further narrow the essay’s focus to some region, country, or province.

Your essay should describe the problematic activity and evaluate the adverse effects that make it problematic.  You should estimate, in quantitative terms if possible, the magnitude of the relevant outflows as well as the damage they do to affected institutions and populations.  This might include harm from abuse, exploitation, and impoverishment of individuals, harm through subdued economic activity and reduced prosperity, and/or harm through diminished tax revenues that depress public spending.

Your essay should also explain the persistence of the harmful activity in terms of relevant incentives and enabling conditions and, based on your explanation, propose plausible ways to curtail the problem.  Such reform efforts might be proposed at diverse levels, including supranational rules and regimes, national rules, corporate policies, professional ethics, individual initiatives, or any combination thereof.  The task is to identify who has the responsibility, the capacity, and (potentially) the knowledge and motivation to change behavior toward effective curtailment. Special consideration will be given to papers that provide a detailed description of how change may come about in a particular geographical or sectoral context.

We welcome authors from diverse academic disciplines and from outside the academy. Please send your entry by email attachment on or before 31 August 2023 to Tom Cardamone at SenPrize@gfintegrity.org.  While your message should identify you, your essay should be stripped of self-identifying references, and formatted for blind review.

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2022 All ASAP Annual Meeting

Technology & Justice

Our very own ASAP session hosted a number of ASAP members as speakers. We look forward to our next annual conference where we welcome and encourage all our members to share their projects and published papers.

An exciting yet insightful and informative conference, in collaboration with ASAP,

Yale University, the Global Justice Program, and Quinnipiac University took place over a span of three days. Many of the panel sessions centered around themes associated with technology, justice, and the use of artificial intelligence were discussed.

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Transforming Africa’s Food Systems Webinar​

Jesuit Justice Ecology Network Africa (JENA) in collaboration with Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP), and Global Justice Program, Yale University organized a webinar themed, “Transforming Africa’s Food System towards Poverty Eradication”, drawing insights from a rich pool of experts across the globe.

The webinar was held on December 7, 2022, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm East African Time. The webinar drew from the urgent need to reform the current food system to adhere to the present realities as the world works towards transitioning into sustainable food systems. The themes of the webinar and points of discussion captured the reality in most parts of the African continent and other parts of the globe coming to terms with social and economic challenges.

The goal of the webinar and theme was to collate and share insights believed to be integral in driving the food security agenda in the face of growing development challenges likely stemming from past successes and progress toward creating sustainable food systems that meet the needs of the region.

The full report can be obtained at https://globaljustice.yale.edu/news/food-systems-webinar 

Kevin Ouko, the writer of this post,  is a Research and Policy Analyst on Rethinking Africa’s Development at JENA

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Roundtable – “Global Response to crisis.

27 Apr

Juris North ASAP Roundtables 2022

  • 04:00 pm

Aims: To critically assess local, regional and/or global law and policy that have to do with sustainability and its crossover with a specific thematic area. To explore different stakeholder views on a range of sustainability-related topics. To seek international perspectives and exchanges about a range of sustainability-related topics and explore possibilities for collaboration in terms of research, practice and education. Final Target: National and international legal and political orders around the world. Lead by: Dr Jorge E. Núñez, Manchester Law School Dr Rita G. Klapper, Manchester Business School Thematic areas: Entrepreneurship and Sustainability (practice and education): led by Dr Rita G. Klapper (UK and international). Gender: Led by Dr Kay Lalor (UK) and Dr Natalina Stamile (Italy) Access to rights: Lea by Dr Jorge E. Núñez (UK and Latin America) Poverty, Sovereignty and Economic Rights: Led by Dr Clarice Seixas Duarte (Brazil) Climate change: Led by Dr Danielle Denny (Brazil) Roundtable 1, Wednesday 27th April 2022 at 4pm BST Keynote Speakers Dr. Seb Carney, Head of Environment, Social, Governance, and Sustainability, Daisy Group Thierry Roussin, CEO, AguiaLabs Juris North Discussion Group Open to all platform About this event Juris North ASAP Roundtables 2022 “Global Response to crisis: sustainability, SDGs and climate change” Aims: . To critically assess local, regional and/or global law and policy that have to do with sustainability and its crossover with a specific thematic area. . To explore different stakeholder views on a range of sustainability-related topics. . To seek international perspectives and exchanges about a range of sustainability-related topics and explore possibilities for collaboration in terms of research, practice and education. Final Target: National and international legal and political orders around the world. Lead by: Dr Jorge E. Núñez, Manchester Law School Dr Rita G. Klapper, Manchester Business School Thematic areas: • Entrepreneurship and Sustainability (practice and education): lead by Dr Rita G. Klapper (UK and international). . Gender: Lead by Dr Kay Lalor (UK) and Dr Natalina Stamile (Italy) • Access to rights: Lead by Dr Jorge E. Núñez (UK and Latin America) • Poverty, Sovereignty and Economic Rights: Lead by Dr Clarice Seixas Duarte (Brazil) • Climate change: Lead by Dr Danielle Denny (Brazil) Hosts Dr Rita Klapper, Reader in Enterprise and Sustainability, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK Dr Jorge Emilio Núñez, PhD in Law (University of Manchester, UK) We invite activists, academics, policymakers, industry representatives, and health professionals to contribute to an edited open-access volume advancing a human-centered approach to health innovations. Contributors will be invited to present their draft essays at a hybrid workshop in New Haven, October 28-30, 2022. For further details see globaljustice/yale/edu/hca

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Ambedkar Grants for Advancing Poverty

16 Jun
  • 02:00 pm

In its first year, AGAPE aims to divide Rs. 8,00,000/- among ca. five promising projects that will pilot innovative approaches to poverty eradication. Here poverty is defined broadly as including the whole range of basic social and economic needs; and eradication is conceived as enabling households to escape poverty permanently. Only individuals and organizations planning projects in India are eligible to apply. Guidelines: Applications should consist of one page each on the proposal and the proposers. The proposal page should specify a detailed plan for the pilot project, preceded by a one-sentence summary statement of purpose, and followed by a brief timeline and budget. The proposer page should give relevant details about the person(s) intending to do the work and (if applicable) their organization. Additional supporting materials are accepted but not encouraged. An expert panel will assess pilot projects based on their cost-effectiveness and promise of success as well as their potentials for innovation and scale-up. Selected projects may be resubmitted in subsequent years for additional funding. Proposals should be sent to agapeindiagroup@gmail.com by 31 July 2022, with selections to be announced by the end of August. AGAPE is an initiative by Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP), an international community of scholars and researchers working to confront the rules and practices that perpetuate global poverty and to initiate targeted, evidence-based reforms. This initiative commemorates and honors Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, India’s foremost promoter of poverty eradication. We would like to thank Krishen and Geeta MEHTA as the generous sponsors of the inaugural three years of the AGAPE fund. Krishen Mehta is a Global Justice Fellow: https://globaljustice.yale.edu/people/krishen-mehta Geeta Mehta is a Columbia University Professor: https://www.arch.columbia.edu/faculty/52-geeta-mehta