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ASAP Chapters: 15 and Growing Worldwide

ASAP now has fifteen Chapters launched or in development in Austria, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Mexico, Oceania, Romania, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States, and West Africa. With more than 1,200 ASAP members working and studying in universities, research centers, and NGOs worldwide, the ASAP Chapter Network is growing rapidly. Chapters are exploring new ways of collaborating to contribute to the eradication of severe poverty. We’d like to share some of the Chapter accomplishments and help you get connected.

ASAP RomaniaSinaia Presentation 1 is exploring a possible research initiative on the welfare of elderly people in Romania, along with projects on poverty measurement aimed at influencing the Romanian development agency and on increasing coverage of poverty-related issues in the Romanian media.

ASAP Oceania published a response to the 2014-2015 Australian federal budget and its impact on the poor and marginalized; their report focuses particularly on foreign aid, indigenous communities, and welfare programs.

ASAP Germany is playing a key leadership role in the Global Colleagues project and recently held an event for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. They are also developing a research project on responsible investment and a group on economics and philosophy.

ASAP Austria is co-organizing a conference focused on absolute poverty with ASAP Germany, has recently completed a book on poverty in Austria, and has developed a mentoring program pairing up disadvantaged young people and college students.

asap usaASAP USA is interested in initiating projects on integrating the study of poverty into college curriculums and will hold a launch conference at Michigan State University in 2015. In New Haven, ASAP Global Headquarters, ASAP co-sponsored two public events on the Sustainable Development Goals and global justice in development, which featured scholars like Jeffrey Sachs, James Hansen, and Amartya Sen.

ASAP Brazil is researching the impact of Millennium Development Goal 2 – Achieve Universal Primary Education – in Brazil, and is negotiating with the Brazilian Ministry of Public Affairs for formal inclusion in its activities.

ASAP Canadaasap canada recently held a very successful event titled \”Rethinking Sustainability Beyond 2015: An Agenda for Citizen Action\”, which was attended by over 150 people and featured a presentation by Stephen Lewis.

ASAP Italy is planning to promote the debate over intellectual property rights and access to medicines among the main academic and institutional players in Italy.

ASAP Cambodia is planning a launch event in December and is interested in taking the Global Colleagues initiative forward.

ASAP Spainasap spain is planning a contest for the design of a universal flag of humanity and is developing a set of standards for ethical purchasing at

ASAP West Africa is planning a launch conference, to take place in Lagos in 2015, and is looking to conduct projects to improve quality of education across primary, secondary and tertiary levels.

ASAP IndiaAshok in B Nagar (1) is ASAP’s biggest Chapter, with roughly 125 members. They are currently working on the Know your Rights India and Global Colleagues projects, and have applied for a grant to initiate a project connecting university students with young people living in slums.

ASAP UK is developing a poverty audit, while concurrently conducting research projects comparing poverty in New Delhi and East London, and analyzing the role of the City of London in facilitating illicit financial flows.

Recently, the entire Chapter network was mobilized for the stop tax abuse petition. Chapter members were instrumental in the petition’s success.

Recognizing the importance of collaboration in addressing global poverty, we hope that the Chapter Network will continue to work closely and grow, uniting academics worldwide. New guidelines for chapters will be published on the website in the first quarter of 2015. Given the successes achieved thus far, we are excited about what the future holds for the Chapter Network.

The Chapters have recently redone their web pages – please see the ASAP website for further information and updates. If you would like to get involved with the Chapters, or any of the exciting projects outlined above, please reach out to the contact person listed below.

ASAP Austria: Gottfried Schweiger –

ASAP Brazil: Thana Campos –

ASAP Cambodia: Pahlaj Moolio –

ASAP Canada: Mitu Sengupta –

ASAP Germany: Robert Lepenies –

ASAP Greece: Gabriel Amistis –

ASAP India: Bijayalaxmi Nanda –

ASAP Italy: Mario Ascolese –

ASAP Mexico: David Aleman Mena –

ASAP Oceania: Keith Horton –

ASAP Romania: Diana Velica –

ASAP Spain: David Rodríguez-Arias –

ASAP United Kingdom: Steph Eldridge –

ASAP United States: Mladjo Ivanovic –

ASAP West Africa: Oluwaseun Olanrewaju –


Launch of ASAP Brazil – Videos from Conference

The Public Attorney’s Office – 3rd Region makes available to the public the videos of the launch in Brazil of ASAP – Academics Stand Against Poverty, an international platform and academic network against poverty.

The first ASAP Brazil Conference took place in Sao Paulo, on the 5th and 6th, December, 2013. The list of 23 videos bellow shows the topics and respective speakers in the event.

List of videos in chronological order:

December 5, 2013

  • Opening Panel
  • Panel I:

    The Right to Education and Public Policy for the Reduction of Inequality, Promotion of Development and for the Fight against Poverty

    • Video 1/6: Opening Remarks and \”Social Platform\”
    • Video 2/6: Lecture on \”Promoting Equality: Education as a Means of Reducing Poverty\”. Patricia Tuma Martins Bertolin (Mackenzie University)
    • Video 3/6: Lecture on \”Law, Public Policy and Governmental Coordination: The Challenge of Democratizing Access to Higher Education\”. Maria Paula Dallari Bucci (University of Sao Paulo) [link unavailable ]
    • Video 4/6: Lecture on \”The Right to Basic Education in the Development Agenda\”. Denise Career (Ação Educativa)
    • Video 5/6: Lecture on \”Strategies for Judicial Enforceability of the Right to Child Education as a Mechanism for Social Inclusion\”. Alessandra Steps Gotti (Movimento Todos pela Educação)
    • Video 6/6: Rapporteur and Q&A Session

  • Panel II:

    Access to Health for People in Poverty Conditions

    • Video 1/5: Opening Remarks and \”Social Platform\”
    • Video 2/5: Lecture on \”Aligning Health Sciences with Citizen\’s Demands\”. José Augusto Barreto (Sergipe Fedetal University)
    • Video 3/5: Lecture on \”The Universal Right to Health in Tension: The State Duty of Care for Vulnerable Groups and Individuals with Rare/Neglected Diseases\”. Fernando Aith (University of Sao Paulo)
    • Video 4/5: Lecture on \”Law and Global Health: The Case of the Influenza A (H1N1) Pandemic\”. Deisy Ventura (University of Sao Paulo)
    • Video 5/5: Concluding Remarks and Q&A Session

  • Panel III:

    The Right to Urban Development: Internationalization, Poverty and Contemporary Social Challenges

    • Video 1/5: Opening Remarks and \”Social Platform\”
    • Video 2/5: Lecture by Rogério Sottili, Sao Paulo Municipal Secretary for Human Rights and Citizenship
    • Video 3/5: Lecture on \”Welcoming and Social Integration of Foreigners: A Human Rights Challenge\”. Claudia Moraes de Souza (UNIFESP)
    • Video 4/5: Lecture on \”Violence and Poverty\”. Stephanie Morin (Human Rights Watch, HRW Brazil)
    • Video 5/5: Concluding Remarks and Q&A Session

December 6, 2013

  • Inaugural Lecture on Local Poverty and Global Multidimensional Solutions:
    • Video 1/3: Lecturer Thomas Pogge (Yale)
    • Video 2/3: Aurelio Rios (PFDC/MPF) and Solange Teles (Mackenzie University) [link unavailable ]
    • Video 3/3: Lelia Antonia Sanches (MPF-PR) and Maria Tereza Uille Gomes (Parana State Department of Justice)

  • Panel IV:

    Poverty, Access to Justice and Universal Rights in Brazil

    • Video 1/3: Lecture on \”Humanistic Conception and Universality of Human Rights\”. Dalmo de Abreu Dallari (University of Sao Paulo)
    • Video 2/3: Lecture on \”Structural Interventions to Combat Poverty\”. Calixto Salomão Filho (University of Sao Paulo)
    • Video 3/3: \”Social Platform\” and Concluding Remarks

  • Panel V:

    Social Security and Convergence Policies for the Elimination of Poverty in Brazil

    • Video 1/7: Opening Lecture on \”Social Policies and Poverty Reduction in Brazil\”. Jorge Abraham Castro (Brazilian Ministry of Planning)
    • Video 2/7: \”Social Platform\”
    • Video 3/7: Lecture on \”State, Overcoming Underdevelopment and Poverty Alleviation\”. Gilberto Bercovici (University of Sao Paulo and Mackenzie University)
    • Video 4/7: Lecture on \”Social Security: an Interpretation for the Fight to Eradicate Poverty in Brazil\”. Marcus Orione Gonçalves Correia (Federal Judge, University of Sao Paulo
    • Video 5/7: Lecture on \”Poverty, Citizenship and Development.\” Eduardo Fagnani (Unicamp)
    • Video 6/7: Lecture on \”Reflections on the UN Conventions for the Social Inclusion of People with Special Vulnerability\”. Christoph Käppler de Oliveira (University of Dortmund and University of the Ruhr Metropolitan Region in LA) [link unavailable ]
    • Video 7/7: \”Social Platform\” and Concluding Remarks