Thursday, September 27, 2012

Training Program for Russian Policy and Opinion Makers

Левада-Центр в партнерстве с польским Институтом Общественных Проблем (Instytut Spraw Publicznych) приглашает принять участие в программе «Training Program for Russian Policy and Opinion Makers», осуществляемой при поддержке National Endowment for Democracy.
Участники встретятся со специалистами Левада-Центра в Москве и познакомиться исследованиями российского общества, после чего проведут одну неделю в Варшаве в начале декабря 2012 года, где познакомятся с польским экспертным сообществом, опытом проведения исследований социальных проблем, а также выработки рекомендаций по их решению. По результатам обучения необходимо подготовить публикацию, с учетом приобретенных знаний под руководством польских и российских специалистов. Рабочий язык программы английский. Оплачивается проезд и проживание в Польше и Москве, выплачивается небольшая стипендия.
Потенциальные участники должны иметь опыт проведения исследований, гражданского участия, обладать лидерским потенциалом и свободно владеть устным и письменным английским языком. Знание польского приветствуется. Сроки проведения программы: ноябрь 2012 - март 2013 года. Полная информация о программе в документах на подачу заявки.
Крайний срок подачи заявок - 31 октября 2012 года.
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Friday, September 21, 2012

Open Ukraine Foundation announces the Essay Contest for youth to participate in I Youth Kyiv Security Forum


Arseniy Yatsenyuk Open Ukraine Foundation announces Essay contest for young researches to participate in I Youth Kyiv security Forum, which will be held on November 23-24, 2012 in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Youth Kyiv Security Forum (KSF – Y) is the new initiative of Open Ukraine Foundation, which aims at creation of a discussion platform for young experts from different countries on important issues of international relations and foreign policy. The main goals of the Forum are enhancing of role of new generation and increasing their capacity to participate in policy analyses and policy development processes.

Youth Forum will be held in the partnership with regional Representation of Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Ukraine, and on the support of The Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation (a project of German Marshall Fund, USA), Center of NATO Information and Documentation in Ukraine and Democratic Control of Armed Forces (Switzerland).

The topic of the Forum is “Human Security in international relations”. Human security is an emerging paradigm for understanding global vulnerabilities whose proponents challenge the traditional notion of national security by arguing that the proper referent for international security should be the individual.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Фонд Горчакова начинает прием заявок на участие в I Академии по безопасности "ОДКБ: 20 лет - проверка на прочность"

Фонд поддержки публичной дипломатии имени А.М.Горчакова совместно с Институтом Организации Договора о коллективной безопасности проведет в ноябре 2012г в Москве I Академию по безопасности "ОДКБ – 20 лет: проверка на прочность".
Запланированы ряд встреч с российскими и зарубежными чиновниками и экспертами, а также дискуссии, семинары и лекции. 
Тематикой форума станут современные вызовы безопасности в регионе. 
Для участия в Академии приглашаются молодые эксперты, журналисты-международники, политики, общественные деятели из России, Азербайджана, Армении, Белоруссии, Казахстана, Киргизии, Таджикистана, Украины и Сербии. 
Критерии отбора: 
- владение русским языком (рабочий уровень); 
- возраст 20-35 лет; 
- образование (специализация в области международных отношений, истории, социальных и политических наук); 
- опыт участия в международных конференциях и других научных проектах (приветствуется); 
- наличие академических и других публикаций (приветствуется).

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Call for participants: "Youth Building Peace: Empowering the Caucasus"

Barcelona, Spain
Seminar, 6-13 October 2012, Barcelona, Spain

This is a global 2 year project that aims to empower the region´s youth constituency by strengthening their capacities in the field of peacebuilding, conflict transformation, and intercultural dialogue - using training and networking as principal tools.

The project Youth Building Peace: Empowering the Caucasus: is a global 2 year project which aims to empower the region´s youth constituency by strengthening capacities of young people in the field of peacebuilding, conflict transformation, and intercultural dialogue - using training and networking as principal tools. This will be done through a long-term 10 phase project, where a thorough needs and SWOT analysis done by youth organisations themselves, will be the basis of the training, education and networking envisioned in this project.

Caucasus Mountains
The specific objectives of the global project are: 
  • Raise a better understanding and public awareness of mainstream civil society and grassroots communities about peace and conflict
  • Promote dialogue and understanding among youth in the region (especially those in divided communities)
  • Build upon the skills of youth to participate in solving problems, e.g. negotiation, mediation, dialogue and non-confrontational advocacy with civil society organisations, professional groups and community leaders.
  • Build confidence, trust and re-establish relationships between communities or groups who have been in conflict by bringing them together and promoting dialogue on areas of common interest.
  • Build a strong network of trainers and multipliers who can carry out a long-term impact in the community through training and non-formal education in the field of peacebuilding and conflict transformation

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Call for participants: Our White Sea IV: Youth participation in and throughout NGOs in the EuroMediterranean context

The title of the meeting originated from the name attributed to the Mediterranean Sea by the Islamic World; Our Middle Sea and the by Romans; Mare Nostrum. The title itself reflects a blend of culture, ideas and traditions, which depicts the ideal scenario of the overall purpose of "Our White Sea IV".

The meeting is an unique opportunity to meet with colleagues in youth field from programme and Meda countries, to discover and discuss the challenges of youth participation in and throughght NGOs within EuroMed context. 

Networking between organizations should be encouraged in order to proffer young people with opportunities to actively participate; thus stimulating initiative, innovation and entrepreneurship. Therefore, the event shall generate an environment to facilitate NGOs networking that supporting NGO capacity building in region.

Working language: English

Venue: Larnaca, Cyprus

Date: 3-7 December 2012 (arrival on 3rd and 7th departure)

Call for participants: International workshop "Sociological and Anthropological Perspectives on Property in Post-Soviet societies"

The Сenter for Cultural Studies of Post-Socialism and the Institute for Comparative Studies of Modernity, Kazan (Volga Region) Federal University (Кazan, Russia), with support from Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation, are pleased to announce the call for participation in an international workshop on property in Post-Soviet societies.

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together scholars to discuss sociological and anthropological perspectives on property in Post-Soviet societies.

We are looking for the participants whose original empirical research or theoretical paper deal with, among others, the following topics:



  • Cultural Ideals and Ideology of Property
  • Local Representations and Practices of Property
  • Soviet Practices of Property in Post-Soviet societies
  • Gender and Property
  • Religion and Property
  • Ethnicity and Property

  • The working languages of the workshop are Russian and English.

    The workshop will take place in Kazan on October 20 – 21, 2012. The deadline for submitting paper proposals is September, 20, 2012. The notification on acceptation will be sent no later then September 25, 2012. Abstract of 200 - 250 words should be sent to Nikolai Karbainov, coordinator of the workshop at nkarbainov@gmail.com.

    Thanks to support from the Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation, the workshop organizers are able to cover all transportation and accommodation costs.

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    Wednesday, September 12, 2012

    Youth exchange (action 3.1) “Creativity in Peace - Building”, kobuleti, Georgia, YE-15-22 October, 2012


    International youth exchange - “Creativity in Peace - Building” will take place in sea resort of Georgia - Kobuleti, between 15-22 October, 2012.The project will last for 8 days (including arrival and departure). It will bring together 40 young people from 8 post Soviet Union and ex-communist countries, from EU and EECA: Romania, Latvia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Portugal and Russia.
    The themes of the project are: developing ideas of peace, learning to use creativity as a tool for contributing to peace-building process, learning to avoid the conflicts by using the methods of non violence communication, dialogue among young people from different countries and different backgrounds, promoting solidarity and tolerance without any discrimination by working together in international groups, stimulate better understanding of diversity, and developing awareness against xenophobia. The YE will include identifying and analyzing conflicts between people and societies, as well as among countries.
    All countries involved have had political or historical conflicts between each other, out of which some continue even nowadays. In this regard, the purpose of this project and the idea of how to implement it were set up by youngsters from the participant countries, who are really motivated to build peace and forget all the past conflicts and wars between them and between their countries.

    CICA to become platform for integration

    Astana is hosting the 4th session of foreign ministers of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA). Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev emphasized that CICA had become a forum of multilateral diplomacy consisting of 24 states (90% of Asian territory and half of world population). 

    Nazarbayev proposed transformation of the organization to become an instrument for security and cooperation in the region. He believes that CICA and the OSCE should improve ties and form common Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian security.

    The Kazakh president says that his country may become a transport link between Europe and Asia. He urged attendants of the session to search for new solutions to the crisis. Kazakhstan proposed formation of G-global communication platform at the Astana forum.

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov focused on challenges the region faces today.

    Lavrov urged Iran and China to stop confrontation in nuclear issues, called for negotiations to resolve the Syrian conflict. The Russian minister noted instability ranging from Northern Africa to Afghanistan, withdrawal of NATO forces from Afghanistan.

    Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said that Iran was willing to help Afghanistan recover after withdrawal of foreign forces.

    CICA is an international forum for cooperation, peace, security and stability of Asia. Nazarbayev proposed formation of the forum at the 47th session of the UN General Assembly on October 5, 1992. The organization consists of 24 states. 8 states and 3 international organizations, including the UN are observers. Any Asian state is welcome in the organization.

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    Roadmap: a Strategy for long-term nonviolent transformation

    How many times have you heard someone say, where do we go from here? ROADMAP just might be an answer. Roadmap is a strategic plan drawing on Gandhian principles for long-term nonviolent transformation with the potential to unite all of our various projects and passions without sacrificing their individuality. The goal is to effect a transition from spontaneous protest to unstoppable movement. It will draw upon our individual capacities for constructive and, where necessary, direct resistant action and reinforce the unity-in-diversity of the awakening consciousness around social change. “We all belong here.”

    War against terrorism to end in two years

    The USA will end the longest war in their history with withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan in late 2014, Barack Obama believes. He stated about it at the ceremony devoted to the 11th anniversary of terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001.

    However, the senior scientist of the American University in Moscow, the chief-analyst of The Globalist, the former editor-in-chief of the international department of The Washington Times, Martin Seff, thinks that “terrorism remains a serious threat. And the international cooperation against it, that was mobilized after September 11, should be continued. But there are some other threats apart from terrorism that are not yet recognized in Washington by any political party. 

    One is the dual policy of the US that wants to spread democracy too fast, especially in the Middle East. And we see that this policy gives strategic victory to the extremist Islamist powers, although in the sphere of terrorism they had a tactical defeat. We see it in Egypt, Afghanistan, Iraq and even now in Syria, where a previously stable government is destabilized and the doors are open not for democracy but for chaos. There are powers that want to make use of this chaos.

    Euromed Youth IV launches call for youth activities in Tunisia

    The EU-funded Euromed Youth IV programme has launched a Call for proposals to Tunisian youth organisations seeking to host an activity promoting the mobility of young people and the understanding between peoples. The overall indicative amount available under this Call is €108,000 to be distributed among three different actions proposed. 

    The global objective of the Call for Proposals is to support and strengthen the participation and contribution of youth organisations and youth from the Euro-Mediterranean region towards the development of civil society and democracy.

    The specific objectives are:
    • To stimulate and encourage mutual understanding between young people within the Euro-Mediterranean region and to fight against stereotypes and prejudices.
    • To promote active citizenship among young people and enhance their sense of solidarity.
    • To contribute to the development of youth policies in the different partner countries.
    • The specific objectives are to be attained through 3 different types of Actions as envisaged by the Euro-Med 

    Call for applications: Arts for Peace Contest

    Background: 

    In celebration of International Day of Peace and Culture of Peace Campaign, a Contest is previewed; the contest addresses the young active people of the world and allows them to express their opinions, support and vision to “Peace through Arts”, through:
    • Writing (articles, blog posts, stories, scripts, testimonials, journal pages and poetry)
    • Art gallery (for artistic expression and Podcast about Culture of Peace)

    Tuesday, September 11, 2012

    Call for Armenian participants: NGO Forum


    Project description
    Civic Forum together with its partners will implement a youth exchange which will bring together 48 young people from 4 program (Estonia, Malta, Italy, Portugal) and 4 partner (Armenia, Georgia, Ukraine, Moldova) countries to talk about their view on media, about the role that media plays in their life and get an opportunity to “play” media to understand how objective or how bias topics related to Human rights, civic liberties and issues concerning youth are covered in the media. The participants of this exchange will have an opportunity to put themselves in shoes of an editor, reporter, publisher, media owner, etc. We will use different methods of non formal education to achieve the objectives of our exchange which are:
    ● To make sure that the actual exchange of ideas, experiences and realities took place among participants of the exchange
    ● To stimulate the dialogue among participants about issues of common interest: human rights, cultural integration, mutual respect and understanding, access to education, civic liberties, etc.
    ● To support the development of their common European identity.
    ● To understand clearly the role of media in today’s world
    ● To encourage critical thinking towards media products
    ● To have a strong local impact by involving young people from the local neighborhood
    ● To encourage their active participation in decision making and shaping processes
    ● To develop their traditional and nontraditional media skills
    The Exchange will last 9 days plus 1 travel day and is planned to take place in Dilijan, Armenia from 6-15 October., 2012. Hosted by Civic Forum NGO. All the costs for the Armenian participants are covered.

    Free Online Course on Minority Rights and Advocacy

    Minority Rights Group (MRG) is offering a free online course under the Global Advocacy Programme (GAP) for those working for the rights of minorities across Africa, Asia and Europe. GAP aims to support representatives of minority communities to use international and regional mechanisms effectively to demand for an improvement of the lives of their communities. 

    Although there are several international and regional mechanisms for the protection of minority rights such as the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights or the UN Forum on Minority Issues, there is really very little knowledge about them is known to various organizations working for minorities.

    “Since 2009, GAP has become instrumental in supporting minority activists from all over the world to acquire the necessary knowledge of international and regional mechanisms.” It focuses on key regional mechanisms for the protection of minority rights: the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the Council of Europe Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.

    You can access this free online course at this link.

    Our partner source: youth-in-action.org 

    Saturday, September 8, 2012

    Молодежный форум "Каспий 2012"

    Завершилась регистрация на межрегиональный молодежный образовательный форум «Каспий - 2012» сообщил директор информационно-аналитического центра Комитета по молодежной политике РД Мухтар Амиров. Для участия в форуме желающие должны были в период с 3 августа по 5 сентября включительно зарегистрироваться на сайте каспийфорум.рф и пройти отбор по определенным критериям.

    По имеющимся данным, к концу срока подачи заявки зарегистрировались около тысячи человек. Стоит отметить, что делегации формируются органами исполнительной власти субъектов России, курирующими вопросы реализации молодежной политики.

    Отметим, что мероприятие проводится во второй раз, и в отличие от прошлого года количество участников на «Каспий - 2012» увеличилось на 200 человек. Форум соберет 600 представителей молодежи, готовых продемонстрировать свои знания и представить идеи и проекты, направленные на социально-экономическое развитие страны. Целевая аудитория форума - представители молодежных общественных организаций, молодые ученые и специалисты, студенты, предприниматели и творческая молодежь, лидеры и активисты волонтерского движения, спортсмены из регионов Российской Федерации и прикаспийских государств.

    Организаторами мероприятия выступают Комитет по молодежной политике РД и правительство РД. Форум представляет собой комплекс мероприятий, включающих теоретические и практические занятия, образовательные программы, дискуссионные клубы, интерактивные площадки, VIP – лектории, мастер-классы и встречи с общественными деятелями, руководителями органов государственной власти, успешными представителями бизнеса, культуры, политики, науки и спорта. Целью форума является создание образовательной площадки и условий для развития межкультурного и межэтнического диалога молодежи субъектов РФ и Северного Кавказа.

    Напомним, образовательный форум «Каспий - 2012» пройдет с 18 по 23 сентября на территории санатория «Каспий», расположенного в поселке Манас.

    Айшат Ахмедова
    Источник: http://www.riadagestan.ru/

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    Publication: "Stakeholder Analysis Guidelines" by Kammi Schmeer


    What Is Stakeholder Analysis?

    Stakeholder analysis is a process of systematically gathering and analyzing qualitative information to determine whose interests should be taken into account when developing and/or implementing a policy or program.

    Who Is a Stakeholder? 

    Stakeholders in a process are actors (persons or organizations) with a vested interest in the policy being promoted. These stakeholders, or “interested parties,” can usually be grouped into the following categories: international/donors, national political (legislators, governors), public  (ministry of health [MOH], social security agency, ministry of finance), labor (unions, medical associations), commercial/private for-profit, nonprofit (nongovernmental organizations [NGOs], foundations), civil society, and users/consumers. 

    Which Stakeholder Characteristics Are Analyzed? 

    The analysis includes such stakeholder characteristics as knowledge of the policy, interests related  to the policy, position for or against the policy, potential alliances with other stakeholders, and ability to affect the policy process (through power and/or leadership).



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    Call for applications: Second Alexandria Education Convention

    Educators in the formal and non formal education sectors with an interest to act for the promotion of education for intercultural citizenship in the Euro-Mediterranean region are invited to participate in the second Alexandria Education Convention, to be organised by the Anna Lind Foundation and the Swedish Institute in Alexandria from 16 to 18 December 2012.

    Following the first Alexandria Education Convention held in October 2011 and on the basis of its main recommendations, the second Alexandria Education Convention will focus on involving forty selected participants in a consultation process for the launch of a programme on Intercultural Citizenship Education and the production of a learning resource in this field addressed to the formal and non-formal education practitioners.

    Tuesday, September 4, 2012

    Wake Up Europe: It's Time to Act!


    Creative approaches to tackle discrimination
    12-17 October 2012, in Finland (FIN)
    Call for Nominations
    Wake Up Europe: It’s Time to Act!

    All across Europe political groups and subcultures that feed off racist ideologies are on the move, penetrating mainstream politics with devastating consequences for the minorities targeted.
    The impact of racism and discrimination on our societies today is severe: it affects all of us in various ways – whether we are its subjects or objects – making social cohesion impossible and paving the way for conflict.

    On the background of these examples and many others, UNITED is organising this upcoming international conference to be held in Finland (FIN).
    In Finland, migrants and ethnic minorities face prejudice, discrimination and racism that affect, for instance, equal access to work and equal treatment in schools. Racism in different forms – varying from exclusion and name-calling to violence – is part of everyday life for many visible minorities, though racist incidents are rarely reported. Support for young victims of racism is insufficient and this need is not properly recognised. Finland has a relatively small migrant population; the biggest migrant groups today are Estonians, Russian and Somalis. There are four national ethnic and language minorities: Finnish Roma, Tatars, Finnish-Swedish and Sami, last one being the only indigenous people in EU.
    Creative approaches to tackle discrimination
    In this climate of hate, we are heartened by acts of courage and the strength of free-thinking individuals; people who are not afraid to speak up for equality, multiculturalism and solidarity; people who go against the status quo to fight for what they believe in.
    The European antiracist movement is full of such people, and you are invited to join us in Finland to create one unified voice that shows the true value of diversity.
    During the conference, we will share fresh strategies and best practices for the European antidiscrimination movement. In a time when far-right groups are more and more successful in addressing a large part of the population, our response needs to be visible and creative: It’s time to ACT!

    Monday, September 3, 2012

    Просветительский проект "Я думаю!"


    Просветительский проект "Я думаю!" приглашает студентов, магистрантов, аспирантов, общественных активистов от 18 до 25 лет принять участие в осенней серии семинаров, которые состоятся в пансионате "Новогорск" в Подмосковье.
    Известные экономисты, политологи, журналисты, культурологи, демографы поделятся своими экспертными оценками на прошлое, настоящее и будущее России.
    В течение двух дней (субботы и воскресенья) участники получат возможность пообщаться с ведущими экспертами в своих областях, познакомиться с единомышленниками, задумать новые проекты, получить пищу для размышлений. 
    Даты проведения семинаров: 13-14, 27-28 октября и 10-11, 24-25 ноября 2012 г.
    Крайний срок подачи заявок на каждый семинар, соответственно: 30 сентября, 12 октября, 26 октября, 12 ноября. Вы можете прислать заявку на любой из семинаров заранее (ПРИВЕТСТВУЕТСЯ!), указав в какие даты Вы приехать точно не сможете. В остальном Ваше участие в определенную дату будет определяться в соответствии с конкурсом.
    Рекомендуем подавать заявки как можно раньше, так как в связи с большим количеством качественных заявок, группа может быть сформирована заранее.

    Call for papers: 23rd International Forum for Child Welfare

    By Susanne Klinzing klinzing@ijab.de
    Teaser:
    The broad theme of WorldForum 2012 is “Family, children and education at the core of the new challenges of social development: global scenarios, migration and active citizenship”. The organizers launched a call for papers.
    News:
    The IFCW World Forum is to be held from 26th to 29th November 2012 in Naples and is organized by IFCW and Mentoring Italia NPO (host) in cooperation with Fondazione L’Albero della Vita (co-host). The WorldForum is supported by the Region Campania, department for Social Policies. The title for the 2012 forum is: "The Forum is focused on migration and pays specific attention to global-change scenario".
    The 23rd edition of the International Forum for Child Welfare is open to organisations, networks and research institutes, as well as institutions and individual people operating in the field of child protection and promotion of child rights and migration to participate in the Expert Group of the Forum.
    Your organisation, network, research institute, institution can present scientific contributions and good practices inherent to your expertise and daily work by submitting abstract proposals for oral presentation (to be selected as potential workshop leaders) and World Forum digital publication (open to all pertinent contributions).
    Full paper to be sent before 25th September 2012. E-mail address:
    secretary.programme@worldforum2012.org The template to be used you can download in this webpage (below). Size of paper 6.500 characters, including spaces is welcome.
    http://www.worldforum2012.org/en
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    Thursday, September 27, 2012

    Training Program for Russian Policy and Opinion Makers

    Левада-Центр в партнерстве с польским Институтом Общественных Проблем (Instytut Spraw Publicznych) приглашает принять участие в программе «Training Program for Russian Policy and Opinion Makers», осуществляемой при поддержке National Endowment for Democracy.
    Участники встретятся со специалистами Левада-Центра в Москве и познакомиться исследованиями российского общества, после чего проведут одну неделю в Варшаве в начале декабря 2012 года, где познакомятся с польским экспертным сообществом, опытом проведения исследований социальных проблем, а также выработки рекомендаций по их решению. По результатам обучения необходимо подготовить публикацию, с учетом приобретенных знаний под руководством польских и российских специалистов. Рабочий язык программы английский. Оплачивается проезд и проживание в Польше и Москве, выплачивается небольшая стипендия.
    Потенциальные участники должны иметь опыт проведения исследований, гражданского участия, обладать лидерским потенциалом и свободно владеть устным и письменным английским языком. Знание польского приветствуется. Сроки проведения программы: ноябрь 2012 - март 2013 года. Полная информация о программе в документах на подачу заявки.
    Крайний срок подачи заявок - 31 октября 2012 года.
    Для подачи заявки скачайте и заполните докуметы:
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    Friday, September 21, 2012

    Open Ukraine Foundation announces the Essay Contest for youth to participate in I Youth Kyiv Security Forum


    Arseniy Yatsenyuk Open Ukraine Foundation announces Essay contest for young researches to participate in I Youth Kyiv security Forum, which will be held on November 23-24, 2012 in Kyiv, Ukraine.

    Youth Kyiv Security Forum (KSF – Y) is the new initiative of Open Ukraine Foundation, which aims at creation of a discussion platform for young experts from different countries on important issues of international relations and foreign policy. The main goals of the Forum are enhancing of role of new generation and increasing their capacity to participate in policy analyses and policy development processes.

    Youth Forum will be held in the partnership with regional Representation of Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Ukraine, and on the support of The Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation (a project of German Marshall Fund, USA), Center of NATO Information and Documentation in Ukraine and Democratic Control of Armed Forces (Switzerland).

    The topic of the Forum is “Human Security in international relations”. Human security is an emerging paradigm for understanding global vulnerabilities whose proponents challenge the traditional notion of national security by arguing that the proper referent for international security should be the individual.

    Wednesday, September 19, 2012

    Фонд Горчакова начинает прием заявок на участие в I Академии по безопасности "ОДКБ: 20 лет - проверка на прочность"

    Фонд поддержки публичной дипломатии имени А.М.Горчакова совместно с Институтом Организации Договора о коллективной безопасности проведет в ноябре 2012г в Москве I Академию по безопасности "ОДКБ – 20 лет: проверка на прочность".
    Запланированы ряд встреч с российскими и зарубежными чиновниками и экспертами, а также дискуссии, семинары и лекции. 
    Тематикой форума станут современные вызовы безопасности в регионе. 
    Для участия в Академии приглашаются молодые эксперты, журналисты-международники, политики, общественные деятели из России, Азербайджана, Армении, Белоруссии, Казахстана, Киргизии, Таджикистана, Украины и Сербии. 
    Критерии отбора: 
    - владение русским языком (рабочий уровень); 
    - возраст 20-35 лет; 
    - образование (специализация в области международных отношений, истории, социальных и политических наук); 
    - опыт участия в международных конференциях и других научных проектах (приветствуется); 
    - наличие академических и других публикаций (приветствуется).

    Saturday, September 15, 2012

    Call for participants: "Youth Building Peace: Empowering the Caucasus"

    Barcelona, Spain
    Seminar, 6-13 October 2012, Barcelona, Spain

    This is a global 2 year project that aims to empower the region´s youth constituency by strengthening their capacities in the field of peacebuilding, conflict transformation, and intercultural dialogue - using training and networking as principal tools.

    The project Youth Building Peace: Empowering the Caucasus: is a global 2 year project which aims to empower the region´s youth constituency by strengthening capacities of young people in the field of peacebuilding, conflict transformation, and intercultural dialogue - using training and networking as principal tools. This will be done through a long-term 10 phase project, where a thorough needs and SWOT analysis done by youth organisations themselves, will be the basis of the training, education and networking envisioned in this project.

    Caucasus Mountains
    The specific objectives of the global project are: 
    • Raise a better understanding and public awareness of mainstream civil society and grassroots communities about peace and conflict
    • Promote dialogue and understanding among youth in the region (especially those in divided communities)
    • Build upon the skills of youth to participate in solving problems, e.g. negotiation, mediation, dialogue and non-confrontational advocacy with civil society organisations, professional groups and community leaders.
    • Build confidence, trust and re-establish relationships between communities or groups who have been in conflict by bringing them together and promoting dialogue on areas of common interest.
    • Build a strong network of trainers and multipliers who can carry out a long-term impact in the community through training and non-formal education in the field of peacebuilding and conflict transformation

    Thursday, September 13, 2012

    Call for participants: Our White Sea IV: Youth participation in and throughout NGOs in the EuroMediterranean context

    The title of the meeting originated from the name attributed to the Mediterranean Sea by the Islamic World; Our Middle Sea and the by Romans; Mare Nostrum. The title itself reflects a blend of culture, ideas and traditions, which depicts the ideal scenario of the overall purpose of "Our White Sea IV".

    The meeting is an unique opportunity to meet with colleagues in youth field from programme and Meda countries, to discover and discuss the challenges of youth participation in and throughght NGOs within EuroMed context. 

    Networking between organizations should be encouraged in order to proffer young people with opportunities to actively participate; thus stimulating initiative, innovation and entrepreneurship. Therefore, the event shall generate an environment to facilitate NGOs networking that supporting NGO capacity building in region.

    Working language: English

    Venue: Larnaca, Cyprus

    Date: 3-7 December 2012 (arrival on 3rd and 7th departure)

    Call for participants: International workshop "Sociological and Anthropological Perspectives on Property in Post-Soviet societies"

    The Сenter for Cultural Studies of Post-Socialism and the Institute for Comparative Studies of Modernity, Kazan (Volga Region) Federal University (Кazan, Russia), with support from Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation, are pleased to announce the call for participation in an international workshop on property in Post-Soviet societies.

    The purpose of this workshop is to bring together scholars to discuss sociological and anthropological perspectives on property in Post-Soviet societies.

    We are looking for the participants whose original empirical research or theoretical paper deal with, among others, the following topics:



  • Cultural Ideals and Ideology of Property
  • Local Representations and Practices of Property
  • Soviet Practices of Property in Post-Soviet societies
  • Gender and Property
  • Religion and Property
  • Ethnicity and Property

  • The working languages of the workshop are Russian and English.

    The workshop will take place in Kazan on October 20 – 21, 2012. The deadline for submitting paper proposals is September, 20, 2012. The notification on acceptation will be sent no later then September 25, 2012. Abstract of 200 - 250 words should be sent to Nikolai Karbainov, coordinator of the workshop at nkarbainov@gmail.com.

    Thanks to support from the Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation, the workshop organizers are able to cover all transportation and accommodation costs.

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    Wednesday, September 12, 2012

    Youth exchange (action 3.1) “Creativity in Peace - Building”, kobuleti, Georgia, YE-15-22 October, 2012


    International youth exchange - “Creativity in Peace - Building” will take place in sea resort of Georgia - Kobuleti, between 15-22 October, 2012.The project will last for 8 days (including arrival and departure). It will bring together 40 young people from 8 post Soviet Union and ex-communist countries, from EU and EECA: Romania, Latvia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Portugal and Russia.
    The themes of the project are: developing ideas of peace, learning to use creativity as a tool for contributing to peace-building process, learning to avoid the conflicts by using the methods of non violence communication, dialogue among young people from different countries and different backgrounds, promoting solidarity and tolerance without any discrimination by working together in international groups, stimulate better understanding of diversity, and developing awareness against xenophobia. The YE will include identifying and analyzing conflicts between people and societies, as well as among countries.
    All countries involved have had political or historical conflicts between each other, out of which some continue even nowadays. In this regard, the purpose of this project and the idea of how to implement it were set up by youngsters from the participant countries, who are really motivated to build peace and forget all the past conflicts and wars between them and between their countries.

    CICA to become platform for integration

    Astana is hosting the 4th session of foreign ministers of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA). Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev emphasized that CICA had become a forum of multilateral diplomacy consisting of 24 states (90% of Asian territory and half of world population). 

    Nazarbayev proposed transformation of the organization to become an instrument for security and cooperation in the region. He believes that CICA and the OSCE should improve ties and form common Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian security.

    The Kazakh president says that his country may become a transport link between Europe and Asia. He urged attendants of the session to search for new solutions to the crisis. Kazakhstan proposed formation of G-global communication platform at the Astana forum.

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov focused on challenges the region faces today.

    Lavrov urged Iran and China to stop confrontation in nuclear issues, called for negotiations to resolve the Syrian conflict. The Russian minister noted instability ranging from Northern Africa to Afghanistan, withdrawal of NATO forces from Afghanistan.

    Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said that Iran was willing to help Afghanistan recover after withdrawal of foreign forces.

    CICA is an international forum for cooperation, peace, security and stability of Asia. Nazarbayev proposed formation of the forum at the 47th session of the UN General Assembly on October 5, 1992. The organization consists of 24 states. 8 states and 3 international organizations, including the UN are observers. Any Asian state is welcome in the organization.

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    Roadmap: a Strategy for long-term nonviolent transformation

    How many times have you heard someone say, where do we go from here? ROADMAP just might be an answer. Roadmap is a strategic plan drawing on Gandhian principles for long-term nonviolent transformation with the potential to unite all of our various projects and passions without sacrificing their individuality. The goal is to effect a transition from spontaneous protest to unstoppable movement. It will draw upon our individual capacities for constructive and, where necessary, direct resistant action and reinforce the unity-in-diversity of the awakening consciousness around social change. “We all belong here.”

    War against terrorism to end in two years

    The USA will end the longest war in their history with withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan in late 2014, Barack Obama believes. He stated about it at the ceremony devoted to the 11th anniversary of terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001.

    However, the senior scientist of the American University in Moscow, the chief-analyst of The Globalist, the former editor-in-chief of the international department of The Washington Times, Martin Seff, thinks that “terrorism remains a serious threat. And the international cooperation against it, that was mobilized after September 11, should be continued. But there are some other threats apart from terrorism that are not yet recognized in Washington by any political party. 

    One is the dual policy of the US that wants to spread democracy too fast, especially in the Middle East. And we see that this policy gives strategic victory to the extremist Islamist powers, although in the sphere of terrorism they had a tactical defeat. We see it in Egypt, Afghanistan, Iraq and even now in Syria, where a previously stable government is destabilized and the doors are open not for democracy but for chaos. There are powers that want to make use of this chaos.

    Euromed Youth IV launches call for youth activities in Tunisia

    The EU-funded Euromed Youth IV programme has launched a Call for proposals to Tunisian youth organisations seeking to host an activity promoting the mobility of young people and the understanding between peoples. The overall indicative amount available under this Call is €108,000 to be distributed among three different actions proposed. 

    The global objective of the Call for Proposals is to support and strengthen the participation and contribution of youth organisations and youth from the Euro-Mediterranean region towards the development of civil society and democracy.

    The specific objectives are:
    • To stimulate and encourage mutual understanding between young people within the Euro-Mediterranean region and to fight against stereotypes and prejudices.
    • To promote active citizenship among young people and enhance their sense of solidarity.
    • To contribute to the development of youth policies in the different partner countries.
    • The specific objectives are to be attained through 3 different types of Actions as envisaged by the Euro-Med 

    Call for applications: Arts for Peace Contest

    Background: 

    In celebration of International Day of Peace and Culture of Peace Campaign, a Contest is previewed; the contest addresses the young active people of the world and allows them to express their opinions, support and vision to “Peace through Arts”, through:
    • Writing (articles, blog posts, stories, scripts, testimonials, journal pages and poetry)
    • Art gallery (for artistic expression and Podcast about Culture of Peace)

    Tuesday, September 11, 2012

    Call for Armenian participants: NGO Forum


    Project description
    Civic Forum together with its partners will implement a youth exchange which will bring together 48 young people from 4 program (Estonia, Malta, Italy, Portugal) and 4 partner (Armenia, Georgia, Ukraine, Moldova) countries to talk about their view on media, about the role that media plays in their life and get an opportunity to “play” media to understand how objective or how bias topics related to Human rights, civic liberties and issues concerning youth are covered in the media. The participants of this exchange will have an opportunity to put themselves in shoes of an editor, reporter, publisher, media owner, etc. We will use different methods of non formal education to achieve the objectives of our exchange which are:
    ● To make sure that the actual exchange of ideas, experiences and realities took place among participants of the exchange
    ● To stimulate the dialogue among participants about issues of common interest: human rights, cultural integration, mutual respect and understanding, access to education, civic liberties, etc.
    ● To support the development of their common European identity.
    ● To understand clearly the role of media in today’s world
    ● To encourage critical thinking towards media products
    ● To have a strong local impact by involving young people from the local neighborhood
    ● To encourage their active participation in decision making and shaping processes
    ● To develop their traditional and nontraditional media skills
    The Exchange will last 9 days plus 1 travel day and is planned to take place in Dilijan, Armenia from 6-15 October., 2012. Hosted by Civic Forum NGO. All the costs for the Armenian participants are covered.

    Free Online Course on Minority Rights and Advocacy

    Minority Rights Group (MRG) is offering a free online course under the Global Advocacy Programme (GAP) for those working for the rights of minorities across Africa, Asia and Europe. GAP aims to support representatives of minority communities to use international and regional mechanisms effectively to demand for an improvement of the lives of their communities. 

    Although there are several international and regional mechanisms for the protection of minority rights such as the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights or the UN Forum on Minority Issues, there is really very little knowledge about them is known to various organizations working for minorities.

    “Since 2009, GAP has become instrumental in supporting minority activists from all over the world to acquire the necessary knowledge of international and regional mechanisms.” It focuses on key regional mechanisms for the protection of minority rights: the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the Council of Europe Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.

    You can access this free online course at this link.

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    Saturday, September 8, 2012

    Молодежный форум "Каспий 2012"

    Завершилась регистрация на межрегиональный молодежный образовательный форум «Каспий - 2012» сообщил директор информационно-аналитического центра Комитета по молодежной политике РД Мухтар Амиров. Для участия в форуме желающие должны были в период с 3 августа по 5 сентября включительно зарегистрироваться на сайте каспийфорум.рф и пройти отбор по определенным критериям.

    По имеющимся данным, к концу срока подачи заявки зарегистрировались около тысячи человек. Стоит отметить, что делегации формируются органами исполнительной власти субъектов России, курирующими вопросы реализации молодежной политики.

    Отметим, что мероприятие проводится во второй раз, и в отличие от прошлого года количество участников на «Каспий - 2012» увеличилось на 200 человек. Форум соберет 600 представителей молодежи, готовых продемонстрировать свои знания и представить идеи и проекты, направленные на социально-экономическое развитие страны. Целевая аудитория форума - представители молодежных общественных организаций, молодые ученые и специалисты, студенты, предприниматели и творческая молодежь, лидеры и активисты волонтерского движения, спортсмены из регионов Российской Федерации и прикаспийских государств.

    Организаторами мероприятия выступают Комитет по молодежной политике РД и правительство РД. Форум представляет собой комплекс мероприятий, включающих теоретические и практические занятия, образовательные программы, дискуссионные клубы, интерактивные площадки, VIP – лектории, мастер-классы и встречи с общественными деятелями, руководителями органов государственной власти, успешными представителями бизнеса, культуры, политики, науки и спорта. Целью форума является создание образовательной площадки и условий для развития межкультурного и межэтнического диалога молодежи субъектов РФ и Северного Кавказа.

    Напомним, образовательный форум «Каспий - 2012» пройдет с 18 по 23 сентября на территории санатория «Каспий», расположенного в поселке Манас.

    Айшат Ахмедова
    Источник: http://www.riadagestan.ru/

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    Publication: "Stakeholder Analysis Guidelines" by Kammi Schmeer


    What Is Stakeholder Analysis?

    Stakeholder analysis is a process of systematically gathering and analyzing qualitative information to determine whose interests should be taken into account when developing and/or implementing a policy or program.

    Who Is a Stakeholder? 

    Stakeholders in a process are actors (persons or organizations) with a vested interest in the policy being promoted. These stakeholders, or “interested parties,” can usually be grouped into the following categories: international/donors, national political (legislators, governors), public  (ministry of health [MOH], social security agency, ministry of finance), labor (unions, medical associations), commercial/private for-profit, nonprofit (nongovernmental organizations [NGOs], foundations), civil society, and users/consumers. 

    Which Stakeholder Characteristics Are Analyzed? 

    The analysis includes such stakeholder characteristics as knowledge of the policy, interests related  to the policy, position for or against the policy, potential alliances with other stakeholders, and ability to affect the policy process (through power and/or leadership).



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    Call for applications: Second Alexandria Education Convention

    Educators in the formal and non formal education sectors with an interest to act for the promotion of education for intercultural citizenship in the Euro-Mediterranean region are invited to participate in the second Alexandria Education Convention, to be organised by the Anna Lind Foundation and the Swedish Institute in Alexandria from 16 to 18 December 2012.

    Following the first Alexandria Education Convention held in October 2011 and on the basis of its main recommendations, the second Alexandria Education Convention will focus on involving forty selected participants in a consultation process for the launch of a programme on Intercultural Citizenship Education and the production of a learning resource in this field addressed to the formal and non-formal education practitioners.

    Tuesday, September 4, 2012

    Wake Up Europe: It's Time to Act!


    Creative approaches to tackle discrimination
    12-17 October 2012, in Finland (FIN)
    Call for Nominations
    Wake Up Europe: It’s Time to Act!

    All across Europe political groups and subcultures that feed off racist ideologies are on the move, penetrating mainstream politics with devastating consequences for the minorities targeted.
    The impact of racism and discrimination on our societies today is severe: it affects all of us in various ways – whether we are its subjects or objects – making social cohesion impossible and paving the way for conflict.

    On the background of these examples and many others, UNITED is organising this upcoming international conference to be held in Finland (FIN).
    In Finland, migrants and ethnic minorities face prejudice, discrimination and racism that affect, for instance, equal access to work and equal treatment in schools. Racism in different forms – varying from exclusion and name-calling to violence – is part of everyday life for many visible minorities, though racist incidents are rarely reported. Support for young victims of racism is insufficient and this need is not properly recognised. Finland has a relatively small migrant population; the biggest migrant groups today are Estonians, Russian and Somalis. There are four national ethnic and language minorities: Finnish Roma, Tatars, Finnish-Swedish and Sami, last one being the only indigenous people in EU.
    Creative approaches to tackle discrimination
    In this climate of hate, we are heartened by acts of courage and the strength of free-thinking individuals; people who are not afraid to speak up for equality, multiculturalism and solidarity; people who go against the status quo to fight for what they believe in.
    The European antiracist movement is full of such people, and you are invited to join us in Finland to create one unified voice that shows the true value of diversity.
    During the conference, we will share fresh strategies and best practices for the European antidiscrimination movement. In a time when far-right groups are more and more successful in addressing a large part of the population, our response needs to be visible and creative: It’s time to ACT!

    Monday, September 3, 2012

    Просветительский проект "Я думаю!"


    Просветительский проект "Я думаю!" приглашает студентов, магистрантов, аспирантов, общественных активистов от 18 до 25 лет принять участие в осенней серии семинаров, которые состоятся в пансионате "Новогорск" в Подмосковье.
    Известные экономисты, политологи, журналисты, культурологи, демографы поделятся своими экспертными оценками на прошлое, настоящее и будущее России.
    В течение двух дней (субботы и воскресенья) участники получат возможность пообщаться с ведущими экспертами в своих областях, познакомиться с единомышленниками, задумать новые проекты, получить пищу для размышлений. 
    Даты проведения семинаров: 13-14, 27-28 октября и 10-11, 24-25 ноября 2012 г.
    Крайний срок подачи заявок на каждый семинар, соответственно: 30 сентября, 12 октября, 26 октября, 12 ноября. Вы можете прислать заявку на любой из семинаров заранее (ПРИВЕТСТВУЕТСЯ!), указав в какие даты Вы приехать точно не сможете. В остальном Ваше участие в определенную дату будет определяться в соответствии с конкурсом.
    Рекомендуем подавать заявки как можно раньше, так как в связи с большим количеством качественных заявок, группа может быть сформирована заранее.

    Call for papers: 23rd International Forum for Child Welfare

    By Susanne Klinzing klinzing@ijab.de
    Teaser:
    The broad theme of WorldForum 2012 is “Family, children and education at the core of the new challenges of social development: global scenarios, migration and active citizenship”. The organizers launched a call for papers.
    News:
    The IFCW World Forum is to be held from 26th to 29th November 2012 in Naples and is organized by IFCW and Mentoring Italia NPO (host) in cooperation with Fondazione L’Albero della Vita (co-host). The WorldForum is supported by the Region Campania, department for Social Policies. The title for the 2012 forum is: "The Forum is focused on migration and pays specific attention to global-change scenario".
    The 23rd edition of the International Forum for Child Welfare is open to organisations, networks and research institutes, as well as institutions and individual people operating in the field of child protection and promotion of child rights and migration to participate in the Expert Group of the Forum.
    Your organisation, network, research institute, institution can present scientific contributions and good practices inherent to your expertise and daily work by submitting abstract proposals for oral presentation (to be selected as potential workshop leaders) and World Forum digital publication (open to all pertinent contributions).
    Full paper to be sent before 25th September 2012. E-mail address:
    secretary.programme@worldforum2012.org The template to be used you can download in this webpage (below). Size of paper 6.500 characters, including spaces is welcome.
    http://www.worldforum2012.org/en
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