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    Academics Stand Against Poverty: mobilizing the resources and capabilities of academics to accelerate the end of poverty.

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    FemPov: In search of a just and gender-sensitive measure of poverty.

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    The Health Impact Fund: promoting pharmaceutical and access to medicines, across all income levels.

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    Respect for human rights demands greater financial transparency.



Led by Professor Thomas Pogge, the Global Justice Program at Yale is an interdisciplinary group that works on assessment and reform of global institutional arrangements. For more information about the Program, people working in and affiliated with it, and the Projects that our fellows and affiliates are engaged in, please use the links above and below.


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Journal ASAP Special Issue Toward Food Security in Africa - with the first essays published.

ASAP Awards

ASAP Fellowship Program

Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP) with latest newsletter

Ambedkar Grants for Advancing Poverty Eradication (AGAPE)

Illicit Financial Flows | Amartya Sen Essay Prize Competition

Pro-Poor Mountain Tourism anthology (Routledge)

A Human-Centered Approach to Health Innovations (Cambridge U.P.)

Incentives for Global Health (IGH) | Health Impact Fund (HIF)

Ecological Impact Fund (EIF)

The Oslo Principles on Global Climate Change Obligations

The Individual Deprivation Measure (IDM)

Thomas Pogge


A Brief Comment on COP28


Collaboration with the Moral Development Institute of Southeast University, Nanjing, China

to establish the Institute for Globalization and World Ethics, to inaugurate the Research Center for Social Justice and Moral Integrity, and to continue our joint work on the journal Ethical Research. 


Awards Nominations Open (Deadline 31 July 2024)

The Journal ASAP, in partnership with Academics Stand Against Poverty and the Yale University Global Justice Program, is conferring three annual awards for scholarly works on poverty. Nominations for books published in 2023 are now open. The deadline for nominations is July 31, 2024.

An ASAP Lifetime Achievement Award for constructive work related to poverty.

An ASAP Book of the Year Award for the best book on a poverty-related subject, published in 2023 and written by a single author or group of authors.

An ASAP Book of the Year Award for the best collection of poverty-related essays by different authors published in 2023.

Eligible work may contribute to the definition, description, explanation, assessment or eradication of poverty and attend to any of the special challenges poor people face in regard to nutrition, water, shelter, health and health care, sanitation, clothing and personal care, energy, education, social and political participation and respect, physical safety, family planning, environmental degradations and hazards, working conditions in employment and at home, navigating governmental agencies and the legal system, banking and credit, travel and transportation, and communications.

To send a nomination or for any questions or comments, contact Michal Apollo at editor@journalasap.org

The 2023 inaugural winners are

Henry Shue (Oxford) - ASAP Lifetime Achievement Award.

Darrel Moellendorf - ASAP Book of the Year Award for his monograph Mobilizing Hope: Climate Change and Global Poverty.

Kayleigh Garthwaite, Ruth Patrick, Maddy Power, Anna Tarrant, and Rosalie Warnock for their anthology COVID-19 Collaborations: Researching Poverty and Low-Income Family Life during the Pandemic.


Including the African Union in the enlarged G21

We have worked for eight months within the T20 toward this enlargement of G20 to G21—alongside Doris Schroeder, Jeffrey Sachs, Peter Singer and especially Yale Global Justice Fellow Sachin Chaturvedi who, as Director General of RIS (a think tank within India’s Ministry of External Affairs) plays a key role in India’s chairing of the G20 and T20 proceedings.

G21 membership is a great opportunity for Africa and the African Union (AU). But this opportunity will be realized only insofar as Africa can overcome its key weakness of disunity, can come to present the needs and interests of Africans with one strong and united voice. G21 membership provides a powerful incentive in this direction; it is a chance to transform the AU as much as it is a chance to transform the G20.

Africans are most affected by global warming and by the grave injustices in the world economy and global governance. In 2015, the world’s governments announced the Sustainable Development Goals  with principal goals #1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere and #2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture. At that time, 545 million Africans were counted as food-insecure. Since then, this number has risen every single year, reaching 868 million in 2022, a 59% increase. If this trend persists, we will have more than a billion food-insecure Africans in 2030 rather than zero as solemnly promised. Every one child going hungry despite her parents’ best efforts shames us all.

The AU can demand and achieve justice for Africans like no one else can. This opportunity comes with a great responsibility. Foreign scholars, practitioners, politicians, and citizens can and should lend support. But Africans must lead this effort to end exploitation of Africans through odious debts, kleptocrats, illicit capital outflows, tax avoidance, arms sales, brain drain, patent monopoly rents, uncompensated ecological destruction, and inequitable natural resource sales. Far too long have Africa’s impoverished been struggling, and waiting in vain, for basic justice!
An extended version of this comment is at https://www.journalasap.org/index.php/asap/article/view/27.


Transforming the United Nations

A nation is much more than its government. So the United Nations should be more than a negotiation platform for governments. We propose that the UN General Assembly—in coordination with the UN’s upcoming 2024 ‘Summit of the Future’—create a UN Parliamentary Assembly (UNPA) and the instrument of a UN World Citizens’ Initiative. The UNPA would allow elected representatives of UN member states to deliberate on and be involved in UN affairs. While considering the concerns of their local constituencies and giving them a voice at the UN, these representatives should be called upon to promote the interests of humanity rather than those of any particular nation or community. To encourage this mindset, the UNPA’s work should be based politically and procedurally on transnational groups established by its members according to shared viewpoints. This would transcend and complement the intergovernmental character of other UN bodies based on geopolitical regional groupings. The instrument of a UN World Citizens’ Initiative would provide individuals with a formal mechanism to influence, if certain conditions are met, the agenda and decision-making of the UNGA, the UN Security Council and indeed a UNPA (if established). For details, see https://www.orfonline.org/research/enhancing-the-legitimacy-of-multilateralism-two-innovative-proposals-for-the-un/


The Ubuntu Health Impact Fund Pilot

Massive reductions in the global disease burden are possible by better aligning the rewards for developing and delivering pharmaceuticals with their impact on health. It is for this purpose that we have proposed the establishment of a Health Impact Fund that would give pharmaceutical innovators the option to exchange some of their monopoly privileges for impact rewards proportionate to the health gains achieved through their innovations. This approach can be tested and refined through a pilot in Africa which would demonstrate the feasibility of health impact assessments, the willingness of pharmaceutical firms to be paid for performance, and the cost-effectiveness of the impact fund approach. This proposed Ubuntu Health Impact Fund (UHIF) pilot would reward pre-selected pharmaceutical firms that are willing to inaugurate the manufacture of a specific pharmaceutical in Africa and to sell it in a self-chosen African region at or below the globally lowest commercial price for this product. The UHIF would reward such efforts by dividing a fixed pool of reward money among the participating firms according to the health gains generated through their respective products in their target areas over a three-year period. Here, health benefits would include externalities such as third-party health benefits to persons whose risk of infection is reduced. For details see https://www.orfonline.org/research/the-ubuntu-health-impact-fund/


Amartya Sen Essay Prize Competition 

Administered jointly with Global Financial Integrity and Academics Stand Against Poverty, this year’s tenth Amartya Sen Essay Prize Competition has inspired an impressive crop of 25 essays from which the jury has - behind a veil of ignorance - selected the following winners:

First Place ($5,000) - Bilal Moin for his paper titled, “Taming the Untamable: Rethinking, Regulating, and Revamping Hawala.”

Tied for Second Place ($1,500 each) -
Alexander Jacobs for his paper titled “Pork Knockers, Powder People, and a ‘Fully Criminalized State’: the Dynamics of Illicit Financial Flows in the Surinamese Gold Sector”; and
Chad Osorio for his paper titled “Battling the Illegal Wildlife Trade through Regulatory Finance: The Southeast Asian Context.”
You can watch the prize winners present their work here.
Congratulations to the winners and almost-winners; and a big thank-you to the jurors!
The Eleventh Amartya Sen Essay Prize Competition is announced here.

Yale’s Global Justice Program collaborated with the Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network Africa (JENA) and Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP) to organize a webinar on African food security. Co-organizer and panelist Kevin Okoth Ouko of JENA produced a detailed report.

With Global Financial Integrity and Academics Stand Against Poverty, the Global Justice Program has announced three coequal winners of the Ninth Annual Amartya Sen Essay Prize Competition of 2022. In alphabetical order, they are Savictor Sobechi Evan-Ibe for his essay Bombing, Billing, and Cash-Out

A Human-Centered Approach to Health Innovations: Reconciling Intellectual Property with Human Rights * Workshop Agenda * October 29, 2022 9:00-9:15         Thomas Pogge and Peter Yu: Introductory Remarks 9:15-9:55         Joshua D. Sarnoff, Professor of Law, DePaul University College of Law: Duties