The international organization Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP) opened its Romanian chapter on Monday, at the Romanian Diplomatic Institute.
ASAP Board President Thomas Pogge, professor of philosophy and international affairs at Yale University, attended the event hosted by Luciana Alexandra Ghica, director of the Centre for International Development and Cooperation Studies of the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Bucharest.
“One in three people actually dies because of poverty-related reasons. The goal of the Romanian chapter of ASAP is to propose and support solutions to fight poverty on local, national, regional and global levels. The projects we consider are diverse: lobby, research to improve the methods of measuring poverty, collaboration to improve the public policies. In Romania we wish, first of all, to raise the public awareness about the problem of poverty,” Ghica declared.
ASAP is an international network that helps researchers and professors to fight the global poverty; it supports the collaboration between academics worried about this phenomenon; it promotes the interaction with the political decision-makers and supports the translation of academic experience into intervention campaigns and projects.
The international experts of ASAP collaborate and negotiate with the United Nations, the World Bank, the International Bar Association and influential NGOs such as Global Financial Integrity, Oxfam, IWDA and with governments to model policies with an impact on regional and global poverty.