FAAATFoundation for Alternative Approaches to Addiction – Think & do tank
FAAAT (Foundation for Alternative Approaches to Addiction - Think & do tank) is a transnational non-governmental, non-partisan and non-profit organization working on the issue of addiction, controlled drugs, and plant or substances liable to produce addiction. From Paris (France) and Barcelona (Spain), FAAAT centralizes the collaboration of a global network of experts.
Our think-tank researches rigorous evidence-based and ethical policy alternatives to face political, economic, and social drug and addiction-related issues. We advocate for transparent and measurable policies framed by fundamental civic and human rights and the rule of law, grounded on sustainable development, that enforce personal and community empowerment, social justice and health.
Our do-tank develops collective support, capacity building and community advocacy programs headed to peer groups, ground social movements and the nonprofit sector, for a broader involvement in policy processes at all level, through social engineering and transversal actions that merge affected populations, researchers, the health and social sector, law enforcement, policy-makers and all relevant stakeholders.
Transparent and measurable drug policies framed by fundamental rights, grounded on sustainable development, enforcing empowerment, social justice and health.
Research rigorous and ethical policy alternatives, and take action through social engineering, collective action and advocacy for ground-up democratic reformers at all level.
Featured actions and projects
Ground the changes in international drug policies on sustainable development, human rights, transparency and inclusiveness.
Impulse modern approaches to the categorification of “drugs”: substance scheduling, linguistics of drugs and bio-chemical addiction paradigm.
Shift drug policies towards evidences and effectiveness: enhancing positive drug-related programs and actions from the ground.
Strengthen peer groups, social movements and the nonprofit sector to increase knowledge, sustainability, effectiveness and capacity for collective action on drug-related issues.
Operations and Finances associate
Head of advocacy
- Founder of Info Birmanie and active member of the Euro Burma Network (from 1996 to 2006) in support of the burmese democrats;
- Former head of national commission on drugs at French green Party (from 1998 to 2008);
- Former chairperson of the European coalition for just and effective drug policies (Encod) within which he helped formalize the Cannabis Social Club model;
- Organizer of the Million Marijuana March in Paris since 2001;
- Founder and board member of Cannabis Sans Frontières (Cannabis without borders) and candidate under this banner to several elections in France since 2009 (european parliament, MP and regional elections);
- Founder and chief editorial of the newspaper “[RBH]23 – La gazette du chanvre” (12 issues from 2011 to 2013);
- Steering committee member of Chanvre & Libertés-NORML France since 2014;
- Central person in the press and in the public debate on Cannabis issue in France;
- Attendee and reform advocate for more than a decade at the Vienna-based on international drug control agencies, with a special approach on the issue of the scheduling of narcotic drugs.
Kenzi Riboulet Zemouli
Head of research
- Former activist in the region of Toulouse (south of France), engaged with the health and social stakeholders of the area, he has organized events and conferences on cannabis and harm reduction, displayed information in Toulouse with a local collective and took part in the redaction of municipal proposals on cannabis issues ;
- Co-founder of the first French Cannabis social clubs initiative in 2012 ;
- Co-founder of Chanvre & Libertés-NORML France, and former board member (2011-2016), he helped developing public relations in a view of policy reform, working in parallel on several ways to implement Cannabis social clubs in France;
- He has been working along with the European coalition for just and effective drug policies (Encod) on the international drug control system reform issues, nowaadays continues this work within FAAAT;
- Former correspondent for France and Spain for Leafly news.
- Living in Barcelona since 2015, he is now involved in the spanish drug policy reform movements. He has a special focus on bottum-up actions and programs impulsed by the health and social sectors and affected populations.