Upcoming Courses and Events

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Disrupting Outdated Aid and Protection Narratives: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, Killian 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

Regional Academy on the United Nations 2018/2019:
Innovations for Development: Towards Peaceful, Sustainable & Inclusive Societies
(RAUN, in cooperation with GPA)
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

Understanding the Gendered Impacts of Drug Policy 
3 - 7 September 2018, 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 course will bring together a diverse group of experts and practitioners for five 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.
open enrolment (more information available soon)

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 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)

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 (more information available soon)