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.
Head of advocacy, FAAAT do tank.
- Former head of national commission on drugs at French green Party (from 1998 to 2008);
- Former ED of the NGO “Info Burma”;
- Former chairman of ENCOD (the
europeancoalition for just and effective drug policies) with which he helped conceptualize the concept of Cannabis Social Club;
- Organizer of the Million Marijuana March in Paris since 2001;
- Founder of the association Cannabis Without Borders, candidate to several elections in France under that label (European parliament in 2009 and 2014, MP elections in 2012, regional in 2015);
- Co-founder, and Board member of NORML France since 2014 ;
- Farid is a key public figure in the social and mediatic debate on cannabis policy reform in France;
- Activist and international drug policy reform advocate for more than a decade in the international institutions, he has
developpeda special approach on the scheduling issues, as well as on the linked problematics of access to medicines and development issues in the so-called “producer countries” of the planet.
Kenzi RIBOULET ZEMOULI.
Head of research, FAAAT think tank.
- Formerly activist in the Occitania region (south of France) with the drug-related health and social stakeholders, he has organized events and conferences on cannabis and harm reduction, displayed information with a local collective and taken part in the drafting of municipal proposals on cannabis, as well as in the work at the EU level with Encod;
- Co-founder of the first French Cannabis clubs initiative (CSCF) in 2012; Co-founder of NORML France, and former board member (2011-2016), former public relations officer, cannabis policy reform advocate. He built several pathways for the implementation of Cannabis clubs in France;
- Kenzi has been working as
eninternational drug policy reform advocate since 2013;
- Former correspondent in France and Spain for Leafly news;
- Nowadays settled in Barcelona, he is now involved in the Catalan and Spanish drug policy reform movements, with a special focus on ground-up actions and programs impulsed by health and social stakeholders and affected populations.