2018 Courses

Regional Academy on the United Nations 2018/2019:
Innovations for Development: Towards Peaceful, Sustainable & Inclusive Societies
10 May 2018, Bratislava
12 - 14 September 2018, Budapest
15 - 18 January 2019, Vienna
The Regional Academy on the United Nations (RAUN) is an international, multi-disciplinary education program that brings together UN agencies and outstanding, international students and young scholars who – in the course of nine months and as part of small teams – conduct research projects of relevance for UN agencies. The 2018-2019 Regional Academy will take place at a critical time as the world is faced with persisting poverty, conflicts around the world, inequality, lack of opportunities, and environmental issues. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was created as a plan for people, planet, and prosperity that seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom. New approaches and innovations are required to fully address the multiple dimensions of development including, among others, the provision of safe and clean environments, good health and well-being, quality education, decent work and economic growth, and peaceful and secure societies – all of which are closely linked to poverty issues. The 2018-2019 Regional Academy is dedicated to innovations for development, as advocated, promoted, and implemented by UN agencies and their partners that seek to improve the lives of humans worldwide.
upon invitation

Legal Empowerment Leadership Course
2 - 7 December 2018, Budapest
Together with the Open Society Justice InitiativeNamati and the Robert L. Bernstein Institute for Human Rights at NYU, GPA will organize an executive course that offers 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, now in its 4th year, will draw participants from international organizations, national policy makers, development partners and assistance providers, and civil society. 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 
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Understanding the Gendered Impacts of Drug Policy 
19 - 23 November 2018, Budapest
In its 2018 World Drug Report, UNODC acknowledged that the supply and use of illegal ‘narcotic’ drugs is now at historic highs, raising questions as to the sustainability and utility of criminalization approaches. Within the dynamic picture of ongoing drug market growth, the gendered impacts of both the drug trade and counternarcotic policies remains under-analyzed, most particularly as this relates to women and girls. International and national-level drug policy institutions have been tardy in their uptake and mainstreaming of gender sensitive approaches in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of drug policy. Similarly, drug policy scholarship has marginalized women’s engagement with drugs and the drug trade while women’s and feminist advocacy organizations in areas that include health, criminal justice, development and fundamental rights, have neglected to effectively engage with drug policy, the regressive impact of criminalization and enforcement practices on women and girls, or drug policy reform as a women’s “issue”. This four-day professional short course presents an excellent opportunity for policy professionals, advocates and academics to analyze and reflect on best practices, lessons learned and methods for improved gender inclusivity.nt. 
open enrolment 
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Advancing a Womens’ Agenda on Drug Policy
24 - 26 October 2018, Accra
SPP will organize a regional workshop in Ghana that will bring together 15 drug reformist organizations and engage Global South perspectives, capacities and experiences when identifying advocacy and policy entry points on women and drug policy. 
upon invitation

18 - 21 July 2018, Madrid
How to use communication tools effectively to advocate for policy change in the EU decision-making process? How to communicate policies to the general public? Beyond these traditional questions of EU-level policy communications, the digital era brought new possibilities and challenges which will be addressed in this four-day summer school that will equip participants with tools and skills needed to achieve excellence in all aspects of policy communications, from traditional to digital. Top-class experts in policy communications will address these issues in a highly interactive setting with insightful workshops and lectures. Workshops in advanced policy brief writing, op-ed writing, position paper writing, and use of social media in policy communications are included in the program, alongside round table discussions and lectures with EU-level decision makers on issues of policy communications. 
open enrolment

Migration Policy in a European Context
 4 May 2018, Budapest
17  18 May 2018, Vienna
 8 June 2018, Budapest
Over six modules between April and June 2018, 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) and Open Society Initiative For Europe,  the course will be open to CEU and SPP students, to refugees, as well as to migration professionals based in Budapest, Vienna, Belgrade and Bratislava (both government agencies and NGOs). 

open enrolment

Disrupting Outdated Aid and Protection Narratives: 
From ‘Persons of Concern’ to ‘Prosumers’
7 June 2018, Budapest
In his public policy lecture, Kilian Kleinschmidt will argue that we should invest in economically sustainable cities and special development zones rather than in refugee camps, planned and led by urban planners and economists, providing for social cohesion and economic development. Innovation and process optimization, connecting and matching technological, social, financial and spatial innovation with the needs, talents and skills of the dispossessed is the way forward. We need to connect the global poor with the real economy, shifting from a logic of charity to a vision of social and economic connectivity enhanced by the power of digitalisation. 
Moderator: Dr Rainer Münz, Senior Adviser to the President of the European Commission on Migration
public lecture

Reversing the Resource Curse
16 – 26 April 2018, 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. Already in its 6th year, 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
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– 14 April 2018, Budapest
This 6-day training will engage OSF policy fellows in a series of discussions on how to re-think evidence-based, forward-looking and data-enabled policy advocacy. The first segment will familiarize fellows with the most important methods for data collection, analysis and operationalisation of research questions. It will draw on quantitative and qualitative methodological approaches. The second segment introduces the fundamentals of research design with an emphasis on how to present data in charts and tables and how to conduct and interpret more complex statistical analyses. The final segment will then train fellows on how to structure analytical reports, papers and briefs and write effectively. It will also equip them with practical skills of effective advocacy planning for their policy paper, popularization of findings for decision makers, civil society, media and general population.
upon invitation
This five-day executive workshop in Budapest, co-organized by Open Society Foundations’ Public Health Program and CEU’s Global Policy Academy, will gather public health professionals, experts and civil society representatives from the region to share expertise and resources relevant to improving Roma health and to define future collaborative interventions that support Roma inclusion in national health policies. In particular, the workshop will help participants to understand the mechanisms of exclusion of Roma from health services and to analyze the two approaches in policy making towards Roma in healthcare – needs-based and rights-based approaches – from the perspective of Roma equity and inclusion.
open enrolment
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Frontiers and Resistance in Drug Policy Reform
6 February 2018, Budapest
Over the past 10 years, efforts to modernize and reform drug policies have seen a number of key advances such as: more focus on public health as opposed to criminal justice approaches to substance use, cannabis regulation and decriminalization in some countries, greater integration of human rights oversight into drug control, and new research that suggest powerful therapeutic potential for psychedelics. At the same time, in other parts of the world, we've seen strong resistance to reform, continued human rights abuses in the name of drug control, and the use of drug law enforcement as a tool of repression. New global trends are emerging such as increased fentanyl overdoses, more availability of novel psychoactive substances, and expanded use of dark-net drug markets. This wide ranging panel will explore different sides of this fragmented moment. Why are some states experimenting with new approaches while others are so resistant? How are activists and concerned policy-makers responding in order to advance reform and resist punitive overreach? Where has the drug policy reform movement come from and where is it going?
►panel discussion open to the public

Policy Advisers Course for Eastern Partners
22 – 26 January 2018, Sandö (Sweden)
Organized by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and SPP's Global Policy Academy, this intensive training program aims at strengthening the professionalism and policymaking knowledge of 30 policy professionals, particularly in the area of foreign policy. The 5-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. Individuals from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine are welcome to apply.
open enrolment
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2017-2018 Regional Academy on the United Nations (RAUN, in cooperation with GPA)
10 - 12 May 2017, Bratislava
4 - 6 September 2017, Prague
16 - 18 January 2018, Vienna
The 2017-2018 RAUN sessions will contribute to the ongoing debate and discussion on the contribution of women and girls in achieving global peace and security. It will discuss the efforts of implementing relevant targets of the Sustainable Development Goals; the United Nations Global Counter Terrorism Strategy; the United Nations Secretary General Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism; Resolution 1325 and its subsequent reviews; Other United Nations’ instruments related to involvement of women and girls in global peace and security. 
upon invitation
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