2014 Courses

Policy Advisers Course for Eastern Partners
27-31 October 2014
Sando, Sweden
Organised by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), the Folke Bernadotte Academy and SPP, this intensive training program aims at strengthening the professionalism and policymaking knowledge of young policy professionals in Eastern Partnership countries (i.e. Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) particularly in the area of foreign policy. The three-day course focuses on enhancing practical skills and competences vital for deliberating, shaping and implementing policy. It provides knowledge and understanding of the roles and tasks of the foreign policy advisers within the policy cycle, analytical tools, advising techniques, speech writing, negotiation and public communication.
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Policy Workshop for Civil Society Leaders and 
Policy Makers from the Black Sea Region

6-10 October 2014
This five-day immersion program for future democratic leaders from the Black Sea region will develop practical solutions to regional policy problems in the spheres of democratic institution building, security policy and transition economics. Co-organized with the Council of Europe, the course will include a focus on skills-development in the area of confidence building and negotiation. 
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Academy for National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs)
23-27 June 2014
The four-day Academy will bring together NHRI staff members from across the wider European region, in order to build capacity to promote and protect human rights. Co-organized with the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions, the Academy will provide practical training for NHRI senior staff, concentrating on methodological themes specific to NHRIs. It will tackle the particular challenges that NHRI staff face and help them develop skills to ensure that they can more effectively fulfill their role. The Academy will also create an environment for sharing best practice between peers, and a platform to establish common understanding for joint work and interventions by NHRIs.
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Reversing the Resource Curse
24 March - 4 April 2014
The two-week course is designed to equip a pool of exceptional individuals from civil society, government, international organizations, and academia with the knowledge and tools necessary to help reverse the “resource curse.” Specifically, the course will examine the political economy of governance in resource-rich states and look into how it impacts policy debates and practice, both domestically as well as internationally. The course will also offer practical lessons for policy improvement, based on best practices from across the globe, targeting individuals already engaged in the management and/or oversight of extractive industries.
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Transformative Resources, Transforming Economies
26 March 2014 - 5:30pm
When abundant natural resources are discovered within a country's borders it can turn into a long-term economic boon for the many or, if mismanaged, a brief but lucrative jackpot for an unscrupulous few. Whether this natural wealth is transformed into prosperity depends on good decision making and good governance across a wide range of issues from exploration, environmental management, taxation to spending the proceeds. High level conceptual ideas on what governments should do are common, the difficulty is turning these ideas into practice. This panel has unparalleled experience advising presidents and other high-level government executives on these issues. It will discuss how government officials respond to these challenges, coordinate across diverse and often competing departments while fighting their day-to-day political battles. The panel will also look at what civil society, international donors and academics should do to ensure that their advice and their oversight is as effective as possible.
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Can Oil, Gas and Minerals Fuel Development in Africa?
24 March 2014 - 5:30pm
Recent discoveries of oil and gas reserves in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Mozambique have the potential to greatly transform economies in East Africa. Used responsibly, billions of dollars of new government revenues will support investments in infrastructure and social services; at the same time, these discoveries could exacerbate local conflicts, fuel corruption, negatively impact the environment, and disrupt local communities and livelihoods. The panelists will examine the decisions, roles and responsibilities of government, civil society and the international community working together to make the most of this newly found wealth while protecting the rights of people and the environment. 
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