Upcoming Courses and Events

Regional Academy on the United Nations 2018/2019:
Innovations for Development: Towards Peaceful, Sustainable & Inclusive Societies
9 - 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

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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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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Reversing the Resource Curse
 1 - 11 April 2019, 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 7th 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 soon)