Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada
October 25-27, 2012
This workshop will mark the launch of the Canadian chapter of Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP), a global network of academics, students, and poverty-focused specialists. Inaugurated at Yale University in 2011, ASAP strives to enhance the contribution academics make to a solid understanding of why severe poverty persists, how it can be significantly reduced, and why its ultimate eradication is morally imperative.
The specific focus of the workshop is on the current process for replacing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Due for expiry in 2015, the MDGs are a global agreement to reduce poverty and related deprivations. ASAP, the academic representative in “Beyond 2015” – an umbrella organization of 380+ civil society organizations in over 80 countries – is consulting with the UNDP on the subject. Our aim is to create a civil society consensus around the “must have” features of the MDG successors, and to ensure that the process of developing the post-MDG international framework is transparent and genuinely reflects the voice and concerns of people living in poverty.
The themes of the workshop, as detailed below, are united by the concern that the new international agreement superseding the MDGs makes good on the promise of ending world poverty. Panels with comprise 15-minute presentations by principal speakers, followed by open discussion and debate.
Day 1: Thursday, October 25th (Thomas Lounge, Oakham House, Ryerson University, 9:00am—6:30pm) Will focus on general strategies for global poverty eradication, with an emphasis on recognizing poverty as a global problem that requires responses not only at the national level – such as tackling inequality, ensuring inclusive growth, and creating employment – but also at the global level, such as reforming global institutions, and the supranational rules and regimes that perpetuate global poverty and inequality. Speakers include: Albert Berry (Economics, University of Toronto), Murtaza Haider (Associate Professor, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University), Mustafa Koc (Centre for Studies in Food Security, Ryerson University), Ananya Mukherjee-Reed (Political Science, York University), Richard Sandbrook (Political Science, University of Toronto), and Joseph Wong (Professor, University of Toronto).
Day 2: October 26th (POD250, Jorgensen Hall, Ryerson University, 9:00am—6:30pm) Will focus on specific strategies of influencing the MDG replacement process. Special emphasis will be given to consensus building within the academic community and curtailing illicit financial flows as a potential goal for the post-MDG framework. Speakers include: Raymond Baker (Director, Global Financial Integrity), Sakiko Fukuda Parr (International Affairs, New School of Social Research, NY), Varun Gauri (Senior Economist, the World Bank), Stephen Lewis (Distinguished Visiting Professor, Ryerson University), James Orbinski (CIGI Chair and Professor in Global Health, Balsillie School of International Affairs), Thomas Pogge (Leitner Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs, Yale University), Ian Smillie (Chair, Diamond Development Initiative), and Melissa Williams (Political Science, University of Toronto).
Day 3: October 27th (Thomas Lounge, Oakham House, Ryerson University, 9:00am—6:30pm) Will focus on specific strategies for changing global rules and social institutions to benefit the poor, with a special emphasis on performance-based reward schemes in the area of pharmaceutical innovation. This will be followed by open discussion and consultation with university students, aid practitioners, and representatives of the non-profit sector, on how to collaboratively carry this agenda forward, internationally and in Canada. Speakers include: Aidan Hollis (Economics, University of Calgary), Winnie Ng (CAW Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy, Ryerson University), Salimah Valiani (Ontario Nurses Association), and Alex Wellington (Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Ryerson University).
For the full program of the event, and to RSVP for meals, please visit: http://academicsstand.org/about/our-efforts/asap-canada-launch/