NEW YORK, July 24, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Is there a special role for academics in combating extreme poverty worldwide? Do scholars in affluent countries have a particular obligation toward the global poor? What are the most promising venues for collaboration between NGO practitioners and academics?
A special summer issue of "Ethics & International Affairs" (Volume 26, Number 2), the quarterly journal of Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, brings together leading social scientists and development practitioners to discuss these questions from a variety of perspectives. The result of an expert symposium following the launch of a new global initiative and network, Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP), the issue features an introductory essay/manifesto by Thomas Pogge and Luis Cabrera, the issue's guest editors and ASAP co-founders.
"We're extremely pleased that a leading journal such as "Ethics & International Affairs" has given such emphasis to the emerging global dialogue around the ASAP idea," said Professor Cabrera. "We believe that ASAP has enormous contributions to make, primarily through helping both seasoned and new researchers find others working on similar topics so as to collaborate and join their voices in outreach to broader public and policy making audiences."
"We're delighted that Professors Pogge and Cabrera approached us with this project, as it's precisely the sort of ground-breaking thinking that the Council takes pride in supporting," said Joel Rosenthal, president of Carnegie Council and the journal's editor-in-chief. "And it's exactly the kind of project that our founder, Andrew Carnegie, would applaud. We wish ASAP great success going forward, and we will continue to work with them in this worthy effort."
The journal's publisher, Cambridge University Press (CUP), is providing free online access to the entire issue for a limited time.
Outreach, Impact, Collaboration: Why Academics Should Join to Stand Against Poverty
Thomas Pogge, Yale University; Luis Cabrera, University of Birmingham (UK)
Global Poverty and the Limits of Academic Expertise
Onora O'Neill, Cambridge University (UK)
Addressing Poverty and Climate Change: The Varieties of Social Engagement
Simon Caney, Oxford University (UK)
Navigating Between Extremes: Academics Helping to Eradicate Global Poverty
Roger C. Riddell, Oxford Policy Management (UK)
Beyond Charity: Helping NGOs Lead a Transformative New Public Discourse on Global Poverty and Social Justice
Martin Kirk, UK Campaigns for Oxfam GB
How Academics Can Help People Make Better Decisions Concerning Global Poverty
Keith Horton, University of Wollongong, Australia
About Academics Stand Against Poverty
Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP) is an international network formed to help researchers, teachers, and students enhance their impact on global poverty. It does so by promoting collaboration among poverty-focused academics, by helping them reach out to broader audiences on issues of poverty, and by helping them to turn their expertise into impact through specific intervention projects. ASAP members include moral and political theorists, economists, environmental scientists, public health experts, and scholars from a range of other disciplines. http://academicsstand.org/
About "Ethics & International Affairs"
The aim of "Ethics & International Affairs," the quarterly journal of the Carnegie Council, is to help close the gap between theory and practice (and between theorists and practitioners) by publishing original essays that integrate rigorous thinking about principles of justice and morality into discussions of practical issues related to current policy developments, global institutional arrangements, and the conduct of important international actors. http://www.ethicsandinternationalaffairs.org/
Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, established in 1914 by Andrew Carnegie, is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing understanding of the relationship between ethics and international affairs.
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