Global Poverty: What Do We Know? Where Do We Go From Here?

April 12, 2012 - April 14, 2012
Academics Stand Against Poverty, Yale University

New Haven
United States

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  • Global Justice Program of the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Centre for International and Area Studies
  • Program in Cognitive Science, Yale University
  • The British Council

Keynote speakers:

Philip Alston
New York University
Nicole Hassoun
Carnegie Mellon University
Branko Milanovic
World Bank
Thomas Pogge
Yale University
Gustav Ranis
Yale University
Paul Slovic
University of Oregon

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We invite researchers, teachers and students with an interest in global poverty alleviation efforts to take part in the one year anniversary conference of Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP).

The first day of the conference will be dedicated to a symposium about the future of global poverty alleviation after the expiration of the Millennium Development Goals in 2015 and to a discussion of current ASAP efforts and future directions for the organization. The second day will be dedicated to a workshop on how to effectively motivate individuals to act on their moral obligations to alleviate global poverty.

ASAP is an international network helping scholars, teachers and students enhance their impact on global poverty. It does so by promoting collaboration amongst poverty-focused academics, by helping them reach out to broader audiences on issues of poverty, and by
helping them turn their expertise into impact through specific intervention projects. Learn more at:

Please register (for catering purposes) with Katie Lewis at:
Further event information: Gilad Tanay, Yale University, at:

Sponsors: The British Council, the Global Justice Program of the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Centre for International and Area Studies, the Department of Cognitive Science at Yale University


April 12th: Symposium
9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Speakers include:

Philip Alston, John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law, New York University
Branko Milanovic, Lead Economist in the World Bank’s Research Department
Thomas Pogge, Leitner Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs, Yale University
Gustav Ranis, Frank Altschul Professor Emeritus of International Economics, Yale University

Event Description:

The Millennium Development Goals effort is the latest and most ambitious by those in rich countries to address global poverty. As the 2015 expiration of the MDG campaigns nears, governments, NGO representatives, and aid and development specialists are beginning to take stock of successes, failures, and lessons to apply to future efforts.

This symposium brings together preeminent world experts in development, aid, and global justice in a dialogue about the next steps that should be taken towards global poverty alleviation. Speakers will examine the record of increasing global inequality, developments such as large-scale microfinance, and poverty measurement
and trends. Each will offer crucial insights about what has been learned about reducing severe poverty, and which lessons must be highlighted in any MDG-replacement efforts.
The symposium marks the one-year anniversary of the organization Academics Stand Against Poverty. Sessions before lunch will focus on ASAP efforts and future directions, and the symposium will take place in the afternoon. Lunch will be provided for all attendees.

April 13th: Moral Psychology and Poverty Alleviation Workshop
10:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Speakers include:

Paul Slovic, University of Oregon
Nicole Hassoun, Carnegie Mellon University

Event Description:

Many individuals in affluent nations are aware that a vast number of people live in conditions of severe poverty. Yet they are more likely to go to the movies or to buy an expensive sweater than they are to give their money to humanitarian aid. The question arises, how can individuals be motivated to act on their duties to aid the global poor?

This workshop marks the launch of ASAP's Moral Psychology and Poverty Alleviation project (MPPA). The MPPA project will help support sustained collaborative research on  how to develop more effective means of motivating individuals to act on their moral obligations to alleviate global poverty. In the meeting we will hear and discuss several concrete research projects and discuss the future directions for the MPPA project.

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For further information contact: Meena Krishnamurthy at: or Matthew Lindauer at:

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