Upcoming Courses and Events

Understanding the Gendered Impacts of Drugs, Drug Policy and Drug Policy Enforcement
10 - 14 September 2017, Budapest
Despite modest progress in mainstreaming gender considerations in areas such as development and security policy, gender is chronically overlooked in drug policy design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and states are rarely held accountable by drug policy institutions or donors for their failure to respect international treaty obligations in relation to women and girls. Critical perspectives on drug policy rarely address current failings through a gendered or intersectional lens, and the ‘silo’ nature of the drug policy ‘issue’ has led to the neglect of bridge building opportunities with academic, policy and NGO communities working on gender issues (criminal justice, race, political economy). With this in mind, this executive workshop will bring together a diverse group of experts and practitioners for three days to analyze current research on the impacts of drug policy enforcement on women and girls in areas that include security, criminal justice, health, social services and recovery and to share best practice and lessons learned in commissioning, conducting and evaluating research and advocacy activities on gender and drug policy.
upon invitation

Learning from the Latin American Experience:  Policy and Advocacy Advancements for Incarcerated Female Drug Offenders
12 September 2017, Budapest
Regional and national human rights organizations in Latin America have in recent years started to research the phenomenon of excessive incarceration of women for low-level drug offenses. They demonstrated that prisons have disproportionate negative impacts on women and published a number of policy tools, among them the ”Guide for Drug Policy Reform in Latin America and the Caribbean” to address the situation. Panellists will explore how their innovative initiatives across the region impacted policy and advanced the rights of this vulnerable prison population.
panel discussion open to the public

Legal Empowerment Leadership Course
4 – 9 December 2017, 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 3rd 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

Policy Advisers Course for Eastern Partners
22 – 27 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 (more information available soon)

Migration Policy in a European Context
April 2018, Budapest
May 2018, Vienna
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 (more information available soon)

Reversing the Resource Curse
16 – 27 April, 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 (more information available soon)

Policy Advisers Course for Western Balkan Partners
June 2018, Budapest
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 Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia are welcome to apply.
open enrolment (more information available soon)