Upcoming Courses and Events
Migration Policy in a European Context
6 - 7 April 2017, Budapest
4 - 5 May 2017, Vienna
1 - 2 June 2017, Budapest
Over six modules between April and June 2017, 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).
How Should Europe Deal with Refugees and Irregular Migrants?
1 June 2017, Budapest
Between 2009 and 2016, some 2 million irregular migrants and refugees have reached the shores and borders of EU member states – Greece and Italy in particular, Spain and Bulgaria to a smaller extent with subsequent movements from Southern to Northern Europe. Following the EU deal with Turkey and the closure of borders in the Western Balkans, irregular arrivals are now concentrated in the Central Mediterranean. While practical solidarity with most affected countries remains scarce, Europeans also do not have a common position on how to deal with those crossing the Sahara and arriving via the high seas. The panel will debate the nature of recent flows and policy responses ranging from the initial German, Austrian or Swedish ‘welcoming culture’ of 2015 to the ‘fortress Europe’ approach that seems to be the most popular answer in 2017. Information on panelists will be available soon.
►panel discussion open to the public
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. For the program see here.
Action Research, Effective Writing, Visualization and Advocacy
12 - 18 June 2017, 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 with an emphasis on how to present data in charts and tables and how to conduct and interpret more complex statistical analyses. 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.
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.
Legal Empowerment Leadership Course
4 – 9 December 2017, Budapest
Together with the Open Society Justice Initiative and Namati, 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.