Global Justice and Crisis – How may conflict be a positive force for change?
Jorge Nunez organised a one day conference in partnership with Juris North at Manchester Metropolitan University.
The aim of the conference was to provide a forum for debate over some key issues (poverty, access, dispute resolution and terrorism) ranging between particular case studies to their global impact, and including analysis of political, sociological, legal, policy, and everyday conceptualisations.
Speakers joined the conference from Colombia, Russia, Argentina, to the US to discuss regional case studies and examples of conflict challenges. These topics included:
The Other Side of Conflict – Civil Society, Governance and Everyday State Formation in Syria and The Peace Agreement with the FARC-EP in Colombia: Environmental security and sustainable peace for the resolution of conflicts.
Anna Chronopoulou, Senior Lecturer of Law at Westminster Law will be publishing a book as an output of the conference. Please contact ASAP UK if you are interested in contributing a chapter.
Bridging Our Divides: International Perspectives on Overcoming Social Disintegration (February 2018)
An ASAP UK collaboration with Academics Stand Against Poverty Global and the New Economics Foundation was pleased to welcome members of Club de Madrid, Zlatko Lagumdzija, Prime Minister of Bosnia & Herzegovina (2001-2002) to lead a discussion on what different countries can learn from each other about how to build a more inclusive society. They were joined on the panel by:
- Richard Bell, Head of Policy, Public Affairs and Research at The Challenge
- Henrietta Moore, Director of the Institute for Global Prosperity at UCL, where she also holds the Chair in Culture, Philosophy and Design.
The panel was be chaired by Helen Yanacopulos, Professor of International Politics and Development at the Open University.
UK Political Manifesto Poverty Audit (May 2017)
The audit is a detailed analysis of each of the parties’ manifesto commitments by experts in a range of policy areas. Each area was rated on a scale of one to five of confidence level in how each party’s manifesto addresses poverty and enables a flourishing life for the UK public.
The audit was undertaken by leading academics from 23 universities across the UK to help voters make informed decisions on election day. ASAP believes that recent trends in poverty have become more acute over the last two years suggesting austerity is affecting the most vulnerable in society disproportionately. It also has specific concerns about the quality of information and use of manifestos in the political debates. The audit also received main stream press coverage on Channel 4 (national television) broadcast the night before the General Election
Foundations for Flourishing Futures (November 2016)
The Foundations for Future Flourishing Network has been established in collaboration with the Institute for Global Prosperity at University College London.
The main aim of this network is to accelerate the emergence of intergenerational justice as a core concern for the global policy-making community.
We live in a world beset by long-term, systemic crises that our political systems seem poorly equipped to cope with. Our understanding of poverty as an intergenerational issue is growing. Recent developments in cognitive science and epigenetics have enhanced our knowledge of how the impact of poverty spans generations. These developments challenge current paradigms of the nature of poverty, making it clear that a long-term approach is necessary.
Yet electoral cycles of four or five years do not lend themselves to serious discussion of intergenerational tradeoffs in areas such as pensions policy or climate change. Moreover, as illustrated earlier this year by the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, our political culture seems chronically unable to seriously debate issues of intergenerational significance.
The Institute of Global Prosperity and ASAP UK will run a programme of events to bring together experts from across these fields and produce a more rigorous understanding of what intergenerational justice entails, and how public policy needs to change now in order to create better outcomes in the future.
Systemic Change Round Table (March 2016)
Often NGOs and policy makers at the coalface often do not have time to reflect on how to create systemic changes in the areas they work in, and end up promoting sticking plasters rather than dealing with root causes. To redress this we organised a high level discussion on Systemic Change in March 2016, using our academic networks to bring in representatives from DfID, World Bank and the NHS Sustainable Development Unit, as well as think tanks, academics and NGOs.
20 participants took part in a round table discussion that elaborated on different perspectives on enabling systemic change, as well as a deeper understanding of how systemic change operates. The event allowed relationships to be built across sectoral boundaries and the exploration of potential areas for collaboration. We will shortly be launching a 14-essay publication on systemic change written by the participants with launch events in London and Oxford.
UK Political Manifesto Poverty Audit (May 2015)
Does poverty matter to you in this election? ASAP UK is breaking down the political party manifestos by policy area and measuring the impact of their pledges on UK and global poverty.