2016 Courses

Policy Advisers Course for Eastern Partners
7 - 11 November 2016, Warsaw (Poland)
5 - 9 December 2016, Sandö (Sweden)
Organized by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and SPP's Global Policy Academy, these two intensive training programs aim at strengthening the professionalism and policymaking knowledge of 60 policy professionals, particularly in the area of foreign policy. The two 4-day courses focus on enhancing practical skills and competences vital for deliberating, shaping and implementing policy. They provide 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. Individuals from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine are welcome to apply.
►open enrolment

The OECD Guidelines on Multinational Enterprises--
A Grievance Mechanism for Corporate Related Human, Labor and Environmental Rights Violations
16 November 2016, Budapest
GPA hosts the seminar by OECD Watch which will be held as a side-event to the Hungarian National Contact Point’s Second Conference on Responsible Business Conduct and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises on 17 November.  The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises are a unique, government-backed international corporate accountability mechanism aimed at encouraging responsible business behaviour around the world. The OECD Guidelines are equipped with a non-judicial complaint mechanism – National Contact Points – (NCPs), which makes them one of the few state-based, internationally-applicable mechanisms available for resolving disputes between corporations and the individuals, workers, or communities affected by corporate misconduct. The seminar will provide participants with an introduction to the standards outlined in the OECD Guidelines to hold companies accountable for breaches to the Guidelines. The seminar aims to equip NGOs and trade unions with the information needed on how to identify opportunities and use the NCP(s) mechanism to resolve disputes with multinational corporations- while also promoting exchange and analysis of past experiences in the use of the OECD Guidelines from civil society in Hungary.
upon invitation

Legal Empowerment Leadership Course
11 - 14 October 2016, Budapest
Together with the Open Society Justice Initiative, Namati and BRAC, GPA organizes an executive course that will offer an opportunity for leading thinkers amongst the development community with a range of perspectives to come together to learn from each other and identify strategies to strengthen justice and development planning and programming.  The course will draw participants from international organizations, national policy makers, development partners and assistance providers, and civil societry. The dialogue will focus on international rule of law assistance and the extent to which it successfully addresses concerns about reducing poverty and fostering economic development. 
►open enrolment
►Read the participants' booklet here.

Drug Policy Reform after UNGASS 2016: Prospects, Proposals, Constraints
5 - 9 September 2016, Budapest
The four-day professional development course is a timely follow up from the landmark April 2016 United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Drugs – an event which showed intense but frustrated pressure for reform and profound division over future direction. International drug policy is at a crucial turning point, with opportunities and also risks posed by fragmentation and dissent. The course will reflect on the pre- and post-UNGASS period, identifiy lessons learned and consider next steps at national, regional and global level. Health, crime, human rights, development and new challenges were identified by the UNGASS as key thematic areas and these will continue to frame priorities, debate and advocacy going forward. Each area will be considered in dedicated sessions that will unpack and assess evidence, best practice strategies for reform, as well as spoilers and obstacles to change.
open enrolment
Read the participants' booklet here.

The EU-Turkey ‘1:1 Scheme’: Trade in Human Misery?
10 June 2016, Budapest
There are many questions – moral, political and practical – linked to the recent developments induced by the unprecedented flows of refugees: namely the status of Turkey as safe transit country, the swap between return and resettlement following the 1:1 formula, the situation of refugees in Turkey, and the possibility that the flow might just be diverted from the Eastern Mediterranean and the Western Balkans to other routes that are both costlier and riskier to take. The panel will discuss forward-looking policy options that require strong answers to current challenges such as: refugees fleeing humanitarian disasters in our neighborhood, irregular migrants mixing with refugees, managing local pressures on EU external borders as well as the crisis of the Schengen zone. 
►panel discussion open to the public

Migration Policy in a European Context
April - June 2016, Budapest and Vienna
Over six modules between April and June 2016, high-level migration policy experts and practitioners will focus on issues raised by contemporary migratory dynamics, steering and integration capacities by the nation-state, the changing architecture of global migration governance as well as regional, local and municipal responsibilities. Special attention will be paid to the interplay between international/regional arrangements and domestic policy processes, as well as to the different and complementary roles of government branches. Supported by OSF's International Migration Initiative (IMI),  the course will be open to CEU and SPP students as well as to migration professionals based in Budapest, Vienna, Belgrade and Bratislava, from Hungarian, Austrian, Serbian and Slovak governments (Ministries of Interior and of Labor, asylum agencies), international organizations based in Budapest as well as NGOs.
►open enrolment

NGO Workshop on Harm Reduction and Decriminalization: 
Advocating for a Progressive EU Position on Drug Policy

16-17 May 2016, Brussels
Together with the Open Society Initiative for Europe, SPP will organize a workshop that will bring together about 25 European drug reformist organizations to facilitate the conceptualization of a progressive platform which they would advocate at the EU Civil Society Forum on Drugs. The establishment of an active progressive platform will be a new element in the European follow up to the Special Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGASS) in 2016. 
upon invitation

The Final Bust: Country Strategies to Escape the Pitfalls of Low Commodity Prices
18 April 2016, Budapest
Three experts and policymakers explore how oil, gas and mineral-rich countries have responded to the commodity price crash and what they can do to prevent future boom-bust cycles. Why did so many countries fail to plan for the commodity price crash? Is there a race to bottom by countries trying to attract oil and mining investment? How can we encourage politicians to better plan for boom-bust cycles? And, given these boom-bust cycles and an extended period of low prices, will commodities really be a principal source of development financing in the future? 
►panel discussion open to the public

Reversing the Resource Curse
17 - 29 April 2016, Budapest
Co-organized with the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI), 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.
open enrolment
Read the participants' booklet here.

OSF Regional Thematic Conference
30 March - 2 April 2016, Budapest
GPA will host OSF's Regional Thematic Conference - Europe, the launch event of the new OSF scholarship programs. The conference will gather OSF Civil Society Leadership Awards grantees from the host institutions in Europe (Cambridge, Durham, Essex, Nottingham, St Andrews, Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Kassel, Saarland, Trier, Riga Graduate School of Law, Graduate School for Social Research Warsaw, Central European University, Maastricht, Lyon, Sciences Po and Strasbourg) as well as the grantees of Disability Rights Scholarship Program. A number of OSF alumni will also join the event as facilitators and panelists. Over 100 grantees/alumni and 20 staff/speakers will attend the conference to discuss their research, engage with the work of OSF and build professional networks.
upon invitation

Lunchtime discussion with Marcus Brand, UNDP Ukraine
4 March 2016
GPA invites Dr. Marcus Brand, UNDP’s Democratic Governance Advisor in Ukraine, for an exchange with SPP students. Dr Brand leads strategic efforts to promote and support reforms, and to reposition UNDP as an effective contributor to a broader international effort of stabilizing Ukraine and consolidating democratic governance in the country. Before taking on this challenge, Dr Brand was a consultant with UNDP’s Asia Pacific Regional Centre (APRC) in Bangkok where he served as lead advisor on Myanmar with regards to rule of law,  constitutionalism, and justice sector reform. He was also a visiting Lecturer, Fellowship of Open Society Europe – at the University of  Yangon. SPP students will be able to discuss Ukraine’s reform and stabilization efforts (as well as the ongoing conflict) and will also have an opportunity to find out about UNDP as potential employer.  The Chatham House rule will apply.
open to SPP students

Policy Advisers Course for Eastern Partners
27- 29 February 2016, Chisinau, Moldova
Organized by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the Community of Democracies and supported by SPP's Global Policy Academy, this intensive training program aims at strengthening the professionalism and policymaking knowledge of 25 Molodovan  policy professionals 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.
►upon invitation
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