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

European Policy Communication in the Digital Era
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

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

Policy Advisers Course for Western Balkan Partners
11 - 16 November 2018, Prague
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 25 young 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 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 

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.

open enrolment 
►read the course brochure here

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 
►read the course brochure here

Action Research, Effective Writing, Advocacy
8 – 13 April 2019, Budapest (TBC)
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 (more information soon)

Reversing the Resource Curse
6 - 17 May 2019 (TBC), 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)