To bring an end to poverty in Africa.
We seek to make rigorous, cutting-edge research available to policymakers, journalists and the broader public to shift conventional narratives about the causes of and solutions to poverty, and to encourage citizen engagement.
Academics Stand Against Poverty East and Southern Africa (ASAP-ESA) is a non-profit organisation registered in Zambia. ASAP-ESA is a regional network of academics, researchers, students and activists that that have joined efforts to enhance their impact on poverty reduction by looking at rules and practices that enhance global poverty by advocating for targeted and evidenced based reforms. In a “post-truth”, “alternative facts” world, never has our work been more important.
Pan African Collaboration
Guided by our pan-African spirit ASAP-ESA has created a network of poverty focused academics and researchers in East and Southern Africa. We believe it is important to have African solutions to African problems. Thus it is imperative to march the work we do to our African context to ensure it is relevant and impactful in Africa Through this network we produce evidence for alternative narratives and policies with respect to Africa’s poor. Further, through our global collaboration with the larger network in ASAP we are able to confront systemic issues influencing poverty in Zambia and Africa as a whole.
ASAP-ESA will focus on confronting both local drivers of poverty in East-Africa and systemic causes of poverty by collaborating with our larger network.
- Local Drivers of Poverty
- Academic silence
- Lack of resources for research
- Fatalism among academics
- Inadequate spaces for academics to engage in policy and decision making
- Inadequate civic awareness
- Low levels of the private sector involvement in knowledge development
- Inadequate capacity in academics to engage and interrogate data
- Inadequate manpower in academics
- Lack of depth in the issues happening in our country
- Lack of student urgency in research relating to poverty Systemic Causes of Poverty in Africa
ASAP-ESA initiatives will also confront the rules and practices that perpetuate global poverty by focusing on the following areas:
- Unfair rules of the global financial system
- Imbalance trade agreements and intellectual property laws
- Foreign Investment
- Economic policies such as austerity and de-regulation
- Climate change and ecological destruction
- Human rights abuses like trafficking, slavery, forced migration and statelessness.
Membership ASAP-ESA membership is open to academics, students, researchers, activists and professionals across East and Southern Africa. You can join ASAP-ESA by filling in a membership invitation form and receive a written invitation from the ASAP-ESA Executive counsel confirming your membership. You can do this by clicking this button