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.