Wednesday, October 30, 2013

EU remains firmly committed to boosting civil society’s role in the European Neighbourhood Policy

The EU remains firmly committed to enhancing the civil society's role in the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle has told representatives of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) during a meeting in Brussels today. The exchange of views with the CSOs is part of annual public consultations aimed to help prepare the next European Neighbourhood Policy country progress reports. 

The ENP is a prime example of a comprehensive approach to foreign policy and an umbrella that allows the EU to use all available instruments and policies in a coherent way, from CFSP/CSDP to political cooperation and trade policy, as well as sector policies such as energy, environment, transport, and development cooperation policy. “It is why, engaging with organisations like yours, which are active in a wide range of areas, is so important,” the Commissioner stressed.

The EU Delegations in partner countries have started to build a structured dialogue with national and local organisations aimed at discussing key recommendations contained in the annual progress reports and the implementation of priorities from the Action Plans and the Association Agendas, Štefan Füle told the audience.

He said the EU would further step up dialogue with civil society, adding that in 2014, the EU Delegations would have to develop EU roadmaps on working with civil society at country level. “Such effort will provide more impact, predictability and visibility to EU actions targeting civil society, as well as increased complementarity between EU instruments and the support offered by the Member States through its linkage to the EU cycle of external assistance,” the Commissioner underscored.

The EU also seeks to strengthen the structured dialogue with civil society at the regional level, Füle emphasized. With regards to the East, the Commissioner cited the Civil Society Forum as a permanent feature of the work of the Eastern Partnership at the multilateral level. In the South, “we are not yet at the same situation,” the Commissioner said, stressing the need to build a new dialogue in the region, to create mechanisms to improve representativeness and communication of civil society organisations.

Civil society in the partner countries should be more involved in shaping the reform agenda in the Neighbourhood, the Commissioner said, through engagement “in the conception and supervision of budget support programmes, which the EU uses to support reforms in partner countries.” In particular, civil society can be part of the steering committee overseeing the implementation of the budget support programmes,he suggested, “consulted on sector reform strategies, implement various components of the sector support programmes and monitor the implementation by the government of certain elements of the reforms financed.”

The EU supports civil society organisations in the Neighbourhood through various initiatives and programmes, such as the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR), the Non-State Actors and Local Authorities thematic programme (NSA-LA) and the Civil Society Facility. “I can assure you that the Commission will continue to make significant funding opportunities available to support civil society's efforts to participate in the implementation of the transformation process,” he said.

The Commissioner concluded by stressing that “the EU remains firmly committed to enhancing the civil society's role in the European Neighbourhood Policy.” 

#MENASocialGood global summit on the role of Technology &Social Media in advancing Social Good in the Arab World

MENA+SOCIALGOOD
GLOBAL VIRTUAL INTERACTIVE SUMMIT on the role of ADVANCING SOCIAL GOOD IN THE ARAB WORLD 

An interactive virtual Global Summit on the role of the internet, social media & technology in enabling Social Good and shaping the future of the Arab World.

THURSDAY - NOVEMBER 7, 2013

08:00 A.M - 4:00PM EST

SUMMIT SNAPSHOT:
Main Event Hub: WASHINGTON DC; +25 SPEAKERS participating virtually from around the world through Cisco partnership; +21 INDEPENDENTLY ORGANIZED MEETUPS in over 17 countries; +30,000 ONLINE PARTICIPANTS;+40 GLOBAL EVENT PARTNERS

ABOUT MENA+SOCIALGOOD

In partnership with the +SocialGood initiative headed by the UN Foundation, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Case Foundation & Mashable, we proudly announce the inaugural MENA+SocialGood Summit: An interactive global exploration on nexus between technology, Diasporas and social good in the Arab World.

Often when we hear about the Middle East and North Africa ('MENA'), news is dominated by talk of political and social turbulence which may push corporations, institutions and individuals away from considering investment and engagement.

The Arab world is home to more than 350 million people with a diaspora 14 million of which 5.8 million reside in Arab countries. According to World Bank, in 2009 Arab countries received a total of 35.1 billion USD in remittance in-flows. According to Christopher Schroeder in "Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East": "While the Middle East lags other regions in Internet penetration, the number of Internet users in Arab countries has been growing faster (23% annually versus a global 14%), and the total is expected to exceed 140 million next year. Those who are online tell a remarkable story of change over the past five years, with clear ramifications for the future. Eighty-three percent use the Internet daily, and half of those for at least five hours a day. Notably, 78% said they prefer the Internet to television, and 44% say they spend less time meeting friends face-to-face than online or on their mobile devices."

Innovation and entrepreneurship has opened doors to partnerships and positive engagement in MENA in the past years. Social media is playing a large role in mobilizing people to aid in development in MENA in areas of crowd funding, volunteerism and social engagement.

MENA+SocialGood is dedicated to exploring this nexus and identifying how technology can enable engagement to catalyze positive impact in MENA. The inaugural Summit will be a gathering of social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, technology developers, NGOs, Governments, thought leaders, and others vested in this space. This global conversation aims to spark collaborations, foster innovation, and promote partnerships and constructive conversations that develop far beyond the Summit itself.

+SocialGood unites a global community of innovators around a shared vision: The power of technology and new media to make the world a better place. This is a community of connectors, bringing together ideas and action in our social media era. The +SocialGood engagement platform provides a space for a truly global conversation to take shape—a place where connectors can collaborate, share best practices, influence local and global agendas, and find new ways to translate their vision into action. As such, Al-Mubadarah will be hosting an event in Washington, DC that integrates diverse partners and global communities using web based technologies for conversations about social and economic development in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA).

Friday, October 25, 2013

Euromediterranean Youth Meeting 2014: Social entrepreneurship best practices exchange

Study Visit 

7-11 April 2014 | Barcelona, Spain 
The Euromediterranean Meeting aims to facilitate the encounter between young people from different communities within the Euro-Mediterranean region that share similar challenges and have common interests on youth work development.

The Euromediterranean Meeting aims to facilitate the encounter between young people from different communities within the Euro-Mediterranean region that share similar challenges and have common interests on youth work development.

Deadline: 15 November 2013

The objectives of the meeting are to:
  • Promote the young entrepreneurs attitude as a social transformation tool.
  • Facilitate network projects between the Euro-Mediterranean countries.
  • Encourage the creativity, innovation, critic vision and participation within the Euro-Mediterranean region.
  • Empower the youth debate and lobby actions for the youth life conditions improvement within the Euro-Mediterranean area.
This year the Euro-Mediterranean Meeting will offer an innovative good practices exchange where the participants will have the possibility to share the opportunities and difficulties they face while implementing their projects. The Meeting will provide with workshops on creativity and networking together with the visit of several social entrepreneurship projects held in Catalonia.

This Study Visit is for 35 participants from: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, LIBYAN ARAB JAMAHIRIYA, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestinian Authority of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, EU MEMBER STATES 

and recommended for: Youth workers, Trainers, Youth leaders, Project managers, Youth Policy Makers, Young Social Entrepereneurs

Working language: English

Organizer: 
  • Catalan Agency for Youth (NGO/Others)
  • Youth Meeting is organized by the Catalan Agency for Youth, Autonomous Government of Catalonia.
  • Co-organizer(s):
  • Association of Human Rights Educators (AHEAD) (NGO/Others)

Our partner source: youth-in-action.org

Call for ideas and projects to be presented at 1st Euro-Med Brokerage Event on Research and Innovation

The EU-funded Mediterranean Science, Policy, Research & Innovation Gateway project (MED-SPRING) is offering young researchers and/or entrepreneurs from the Mediterranean a chance to present their idea to potential investors at the 1st Euro-Mediterranean Brokerage Event on research and innovation that it is organising on 12-13 February 2014 in Cairo, Egypt.

MedSpring is seeking novel ideas which could have a strategic and meaningful impact in the Mediterranean region. They should be realistic and ambitious at the same time, enough to sustain the active engagement of potential investors.

Applicants are invited to fill in the Expression of Interest form and send it to brokerage@medspring.eu, and upload a 5 minute video-spot illustrating the idea for the attention of the civil society and interested investors on http://agora.medspring.eu/.

The deadline for submission of applications is 30 November 2013. 

The 1st Euro-Mediterranean Brokerage Event on research and innovation is organised by the Ministry of Scientific Research (Egypt), in collaboration with the Agronomic Institute of Bari (CIHEAM-IAMB, Italy) and the Malta Council for Science and Technology in the framework of the Mediterranean Science, Policy, Research & Innovation Gateway (MedSpring) project.

The event is open to young entrepreneurs/researchers from Europe and Mediterranean countries; MedSpring partners, particularly researcher institutions and research policy makers; Tech-driven enterprises, SMEs and other relevant private/public potential investors/networks; as well as research/networks organisations, etc.

It will offer participants the opportunity to express their interests and offers for cooperation and meet other Euro-Mediterranean innovation stakeholders, to get the latest information on H2020 funding opportunities, and to present their innovative ideas to potential investors from Europe and the Mediterranean countries.

To participate in the event, register on the Euromed Matchmaking Platform

MedSpring is a project funded under the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7) with the aim of encouraging and strengthening Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation on Research and Innovation.

The EU promotes science and technology through its €40 billion Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7). FP7 is the main instrument for funding research in EU countries, with participation on collaborative projects encouraged from any organisation or individual from non-EU countries.

FP7 launched its last round of calls in 2012, and now the EU is preparing for the launch of its successor, H2020, the largest collaborative transnational research programme in the world with an expected overall budget of €80 billion. The programme will remain open to non-EU countries, offering Southern Mediterranean researchers opportunities for cooperation with researchers from other parts of the world.

International cooperation, especially with its neighbouring countries and the Mediterranean region, is a key priority of EU research and innovation funding. 

Our partner source: youth-in-action.org

Friday, October 18, 2013

Call for applications: Youth in Peace-Building and Reconciliation

1-10 December 2013 | Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Training aims to equip young people with competencies to develop local and international projects that promote peace, intercultural dialog and are against violence and hate speech.

DURING THIS TRAINING, PARTICIPANTS WILL:
  • Learn about the Concepts of Peace – peace building, peace keeping, reconciliation;
  • Discuss about the Culture of war and culture of peace ;
  • Gain knowledge and awareness of Hate speech, conflict and intercultural understanding – concepts, practices and tools;
  • Get the chance experience the exchange of community and share your personal experience of conflict;
  • Find out about Divided communities across Europe – what they are and how many we actually have?
  • Expand their knowledge about Peace building in divided communities and get the real example by visiting divided communities in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Mostar and Sarajevo);
  • Learn how to link and implement educational/culture and art/environmental/volunteering projects with broader aim of peace building;
  • Get the introduction to Project management;
  • Use the Open space for ideas and preparation of actions, initiatives or projects of participants organizations;
  • Chance for Networking and follow up of the TC;
  • Get support for Self reflection on learning process and evaluation.

Our partner source: youth-in-action.org

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Strengthening civil society platforms in Eastern Partnership and Russia

By Natalia Shapovalova & Eleonora Tafuro

The European Union (EU) aims to engage with and strengthen civil society in its neighbourhood by encouraging its participation in policy-making, both at the national and international level, and by spreading democratic ideas and practices, so that civil society actors can help transformation at home. Supporting a civil society forum, allowing for interactions among civil societies from EU and neighbouring countries, is a practical example of this effort.
Courtesy of EaPCSF
This piece focuses on two fora that exist in the East – the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) and the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum (EU-Russia CSF). In early October, the EaP CSF gathered for the fifth time and the EU-Russia CSF held its fourth meeting. After attending the annual assemblies of both fora, it is time to take stock.

Both initiatives have developed into a recognisable brand for civil society cooperation in wider Europe supported by the EU. In the case of the EaP CSF, its very establishment, promoted by the European Commission, intended to create a civil society counterpart to the EaP’s inter-governmental and inter-parliamentary structures. Its assemblies are usually opened by Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Commissioner Štefan Füle and top level diplomats from EU member states. The EU-Russia CSF was a bottom-up initiative of Russian and mainly German civil society organisations (CSOs) that later found support of the European Commission. The fora have established permanent structures – a steering committee and working groups – to allow for continuous work. EaP CSF has six national platforms in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine to organise work at the country-level and since 2013 there is a small Secretariat in Brussels. The EU-Russia CSF is also considering setting up a secretariat.

Both fora attract great interest among civil society actors in the region, judging by the high number of applications from EaP countries and Russia. EU-based organisations, however, seem less active, participating more as observers. The fact that both fora took place in the same week, but thousands of kilometres apart, in this case did not help as EU organisations interested in Eastern neighbours had to choose between the two. 

A research study: The humanitarian role of local faith communities

April 22 2013: In humanitarian emergencies across the world, people commonly look to their local faith communities for support. But does religion help people and societies to cope with and transition out of conflict and disaster, or is it ill-equipped, superstitious and fatalist, even creating conflict in the first place? The investigation made by Insight on Conflict  has found that the situation is complex and requires careful research. 
Local Faith Communities such as this one at a Malaria awareness raising event in Maputo, Mozambique, are providing humanitarian assistance to those in need. Photo courtesy of Jean Duff on behalf of PIRCOM.




In almost every corner of the globe, people gather together, deeply connected through shared allegiance and identity in religious communities.

In almost every corner of the globe, people gather together, deeply connected through shared allegiance and identity in religious communities. This remains true, despite frequent predictions that modernity would inevitably supplant faith; in fact, religion in the twentieth century has been characterised by endurance and even resurgence. For the past six months, I have been working as a researcher with the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities, a grouping of agencies – some faith-based, some not – and academics interested in better understanding how to effectively engage with local faith communities. Together, we have been investigating the various roles religion plays in the resilience of communities affected by humanitarian emergencies caused by conflict or disaster.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Council of Europe’s Anti-Racism Commission publishes new report on the Russian Federation

Strasbourg, 15.10.2013 - The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) today published its fourth report on the Russian Federation. ECRI’s Chair, Ms Eva Smith, said that, despite positive developments, there were issues of concern. For example, the residence registration system poses significant problems and ultranationalist, racist and neo-Nazi websites are rife on the Internet. 

The Russian Federation has granted citizenship to large numbers of people and statelessness has significantly reduced. Substantial efforts have been made to react firmly to the escalation of racist violence; criminal law now provides that racial hatred or enmity is an aggravating circumstance; law enforcement authorities have targeted the most aggressive ultranationalist groups; and the number and quality of criminal prosecutions for hate crime have increased. Regional ombudsmen have been established in 71 out of 83 constituent entities. A plan is being developed to improve the situation of the Roma.

However, no independent body specialised in combating racism and racial discrimination has been set up. There are indications that the anti-extremism legislation is sometimes over-used and misused, targeting those expressing politically unpopular opinions, human rights activists and members of minority religious communities. Violations of labour regulations and basic rights of migrants occur on a massive scale. Some public figures engage in xenophobic rhetoric and allegations of police misconduct against persons belonging to vulnerable groups continue to be reported.

In its report, ECRI has made a number of recommendations to the authorities, among which the following three require priority implementation and will be revisited by ECRI in two years’ time:
  • To find ways to identify those Russian nationals, non-nationals and stateless persons who face obstacles in the residence registration procedure and facilitate their registration;
  • To revise the definition of extremism in the Federal Law on Combating Extremist Activity to ensure that it only applies to serious cases where hatred or violence are involved and to specify clearly the criteria to be met when declaring any material extremist;
  • To restore the programme on tolerance in Russian society across the country.

The report is available here. It was prepared following ECRI’s contact visit to the Russian Federation in April 2012 [Press Release – 11.05.12] and takes account of developments up to 6 December 2012.

ECRI is a human rights body of the Council of Europe, composed of independent experts, which monitors problems of racism, xenophobia, antisemitism, intolerance and discrimination on grounds such as “race”, national/ethnic origin, colour, citizenship, religion and language (racial discrimination); it prepares reports and issues recommendations to member States.

For more information on ECRI: www.coe.int/ecri

Press contact: Stefano Valenti, Tel: +33 (0)3 90 21 43 28, stefano.valenti@coe.int

Friday, October 11, 2013

Appel a contributions pour le panel : ''La jeunesse en tant qu'objet politique identifiable'', Congrès Mondial de Sciences politiques

Teaser :
23ème Congrès mondial de science politique à Montréal du 19 au 24 juillet 2014 - La jeunesse en tant qu’objet politique identifiable : mobilisations, participation et dispositifs de représentation politique des jeunes (panel dans sociologie politique) 

23rd World Congress of Political Science - Panel in Political Sociology “Youth as a politically identifiable subject: mobilizations, participation and programs for youth representation in politics” (to be held in Montreal from 19 until 24 July 2014)

News :
Certains doutent que la jeunesse soit un objet politique identifiable. Ce faisant, les débats sur le rapport au politique des jeunes ont été relancés avec les mouvements de protestations qui ont surgi « à partir du printemps arabe ». Ceux-ci ont été présentés par les médias comme des mouvements de jeunes en rupture avec les générations précédentes. Ces discours sur la rupture se sont appuyés notamment sur le fossé numérique qui sépare les pratiques des jeunes adeptes d’actions connectives des manières de faire de leurs aînés. Ils rejoignent ainsi les déclarations fréquentes sur la désaffection des jeunes vis-à-vis de la participation électorale et des dispositifs institutionnels mis en place pour faciliter leur participation et leur représentation politique.

Dans ce panel, il s’agit de discuter des raisons et des modalités d’une part, de l’engagement et de la continuité de la participation des jeunes dans des actions collectives ou au sein des dispositifs institutionnels de représentation politique et sociale et de l’autre, des mises en sommeil et des renoncements de cette catégorie de la population à la participation. In fine, en réunissant des études de cas qui analysent des mobilisations et des dispositifs de participation politique originaux en provenance de divers contextes nationaux, on espère pouvoir contribuer au renouvellement des questionnements ayant trait à la culture politique des jeunes et aux effets des dispositifs institutionnels sur celle-ci.

Date limite de présentation des résumés : 21 octobre 2013

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Call for papers: the Organisation, Economics and Policy of Scientific Research, Italy

In order to support the current trend of the CoE and European Commission within research segment and youth, we provide some useful information on some opportunities for its development in the field of junior researchers. This opportunity has an extra option -- a limited number of travel and accommodation support grants to junior scholars (PhD students or post-doc researchers who obtained their PhD in 2011 or later). 

LEI & BRICK
(University of Torino – Collegio Carlo Alberto)

CALL FOR PAPERS: THE ORGANISATION, ECONOMICS AND POLICY OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

LEI & BRICK with financial support from the Collegio Carlo Alberto are organising their annual workshop on “The Organisation, Economics and Policy of Scientific Research” on 22-23 May, 2014 at Collegio Carlo Alberto in Moncalieri (Torino, Italy).

The aim of the workshop is to bring together a small group of scholars interested in the analysis of the production and diffusion of scientific research from an economics, historical, organizational, and policy perspective.


Call for papers


As in previous years, we aim to attract contributions from both junior and senior scholars; a minimum number of slots are reserved for junior researchers (PhD students or postdoc scholars who obtained their PhD in 2011 or later).

Up to 24 papers will be selected from open submissions on the basis of peer review.

The workshop aims at including papers form various streams of research developed in recent years in and around the area of public and private scientific research. Contributions are invited on (but not limited to) one or more of the following topics:
  • Organisation of research activities
  • Public and private funding of academic research
  • Role of gender and family in scientific research
  • Science research networks and collaboration
  • Scientific careers & mobility
  • Scientific knowledge production
  • Teaching and research interaction
The workshop is organised as part of the Collegio Carlo Alberto research project on researcher mobility and scientific performance and contributions to the topic are particularly welcome.


Important dates:

  • 31st January 2014. Deadline for submission
  • 14th March 2014. Notification of acceptance
  • 1st May 2014. Deadline for submission of full papers

Submissions:


Deadline for the submission of full papers is January 31st 2014. To submit your paper and for further information contact: Cornelia Lawson ( cornelia.meissner@unito.it).

Announcing the New Issue of Middle East Report Fall 2013: How is gender related to revolution?

How is gender related to revolution? What is the connection between gender and women or, for that matter, between gender and women and men? These questions are posed in dramatic fashion by the Arab revolts, as well as other mass movements, in the second decade of the twenty-first century. As the fall 2013 issue of Middle East Report details, gender is at the front lines of the region’s battles for political participation and social justice. 

In her incisive primer, Norma Claire Moruzzilays out three case studies—one from Tunisia and two from Egypt—to demonstrate that patriarchal authority may assume different guises in dictatorships and countries making a transition away from autocratic rule. Such “tradition” can be comforting for some during the uncertainty of the transition, but because it is not democratic, patriarchy also tends to fuel the struggle for equal citizenship.

Political scientists Mervat Hatem and Vickie Langohr look at how competing forces in Egypt have deployed ideas about gender in service of political goals. Hatem shows the continuity between the “state feminism” of the Mubarak regime and the gender discourses of the Muslim Brothers and the post-coup regime. Langohr presents her in-depth research on the efforts of revolutionary activists to stop sexual assault in Tahrir Square and other public spaces. 

Rebecca Joubin decodes the gendered messages of the 2013 crop of Ramadan television serials in Syria. Amid war and chaos, the portrayal of masculinity is shot through with political tension.

Themes of gender and generation also figured heavily in the early summer upheavals in Turkey. Marcie J. Patton examines the central role of millennials — people aged 15-30 — in the Occupy Gezi movement.Neslihan Sen focuses on the most famous gendered icon of the Gezi protests, “the woman in the red dress” who was photographed being tear-gassed in the park.

Also featured: Dan Connell reports on the rerouted trafficking in Eritrean refugees; MERIP remembers thegreat journalist Graham Usher; and more.

Subscribe to Middle East Report or order individual copies online at www.merip.org.

For further information, contact Chris Toensing at ctoensing@merip.org.

Middle East Report is published by the Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP), a progressive, independent organization based in Washington, DC. Since 1971 MERIP has provided critical analysis of the Middle East, focusing on political economy, popular struggles, and the implications of US and international policy for the region.

Source: http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/14526/announcing-the-new-issue-of-middle-east-report-fal
Our partner source: youth-in-action.org

Прием заявок: Образовательная программа – Training Russian and CIS Activists in International Human Rights Law

Centre de la protection internationale, французская правозащитная организация (г. Страсбург), возглавляемая известным российским юристом и правозащитником Каринной Москаленко, объявляет конкурс для участия в образовательной программе Training Russian and CIS Activists in International Human Rights Law.
Срок проведения программы – 1 ноября 2013 г. – 30 апреля 2014 г. 

Программа предусматривает четырехмесячное дистанционное и прямое обучение под руководством ведущих российских и зарубежных специалистов в области прав человека, недельное практическое обучение в г. Страсбург, запланированное на февраль-март 2014 года, а затем – продолжение обучения с использованием полученных теоретических и практических знаний.

Учебная группа будет состоять из 7 человек. Она формируется из профессиональных юристов и правозащитников, активно использующих в своей деятельности международные стандарты защиты прав человека, в частности, Европейскую Конвенцию о защите прав человека и основных свобод.

Предпочтение будет отдано кандидатам, которые уже имеют опыт участия в национальных и международных семинарах по тематике Конвенции, а также практический опыт обращений в Европейский Суд по правам человека и другие международные органы.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Intercultural dialogue: Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt by Claudia Wiens


Today we will completely devote to Egypt and its intercultural and inter-religious background, as well as socio-political instability. 


Therefore, this article combined with photo-essay by Claudia Wiens is more than appreciated within intercultural dialogue and better understanding of the modern Middle East, Egypt particularly. 



Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

Although leprosy is on the verge of extinction and many people totally forgot about this disease, there are still some leprosaria or leprosy colonies as they are often called. This is not a story about suffering and misery, but rather about a strange micro-cosmos, a place unknown to most people: the leprosy colony Abu Zaabal in Qalyoubiya, 40km north of Cairo. All tourists that fly into Cairocould see it from above as it is quite close to the airport if they would know that it is there. About 750 patients are still living there, and another 3,000-4,000 cured lepers are living in the adjoining Abdel Moneim Riad village. 

The full material could be found in the author's blog: http://claudiawiens.wordpress.com/2009/02/12/leprosy-colony-abu-zaabal-in-egypt/ 

The European Research Area: Beyond Market Politics

Regarding the passed conference "Youth in 2020 – the Future of Youth Policies", 1-4 October 2013, Budapest, Hungary, we would like to develop this subject related to research area. Therefore, we are willing to attract your attention for the following artible written by Diana Jane Beech. 

The way the European Union regards science and research is changing. There is an increased emphasis on producing marketable deliverables for financial gain. At the same time, the advent of Horizon 2020 raises important yet often-overlooked questions.

Where is it exactly that European research policy is heading? And is this in line with where it ought to be heading, if it really is to create a ‘new Renaissance’ with the potential to transform the way Europe ‘does’ science for the better and in a way that is sustainable for the long term?

To answer this, attention must first be paid to the extent that the current projected vision for the European Research Area, or ERA, is in danger of moving away from the motivations and expectations of researchers at the grassroots of the European innovation chain.

From Galileo through to Gell-Mann, or from Newton to Einstein, scientists throughout European history have traditionally been driven in their work by curiosity about the world around them and the desire to find answers to life’s great mysteries.

It is this blind and often serendipitous pursuit of knowledge that has been behind many of the greatest scientific breakthroughs of the modern world.

As such, if researchers are to retain any sense of awe and wonder, or the inspiration and drive that have historically been at the heart of their day-to-day discoveries, it is essential that an emphasis on personal humility is not eclipsed in today’s ERA by policies endorsing only ‘applied’ or ‘targeted’ science.

The European Commission’s senior advisory board on the ERA has already recognised that for the European Union, or EU, to make the transition to a more streamlined ERA requires “fundamental change in the way we think, work and research – indeed a change as great as any in our history”.

In its first public report, it called this change a ‘new Renaissance’, deliberately alluding to earlier revolutions in thought, society and science to underscore the importance of this juncture in European research policy for readdressing the social reality of the EU as we know it.

EU delegation to Egypt organises research seminar

Seminar focuses on supporting research and innovation in organisations to boost their capacities to use technology and conduct researches 

The European Union delegation to Egypt organised on Wednesday its second innovation seminar, hosting researchers, industry experts, academics, entrepreneurs, and financial institutions from Egypt and various EU member states to network and share knowledge.

“The European Union is very aware of the vital importance of the science, research and innovation in the relationship between Europe and Egypt,” said EU Ambassador to Egypt James Moran in the opening speech of the seminar.

Moran added that this seminar would deepen bilateral relationships and act as a platform for exchanging ideas between experts and stakeholders from Europe and Egypt.

Daily Egypt: Egyptian NGOs send report on socio-economic conditions to UN



NGOs suggest nothing has changed in lack of socio-economic rights despite subsequent change in leadership

Fifty-seven Egyptian civil society organisations voiced to the United Nations their concern regarding the subsequent regimes’ lack of attention to people’s demands, especially the economic ones.

The organisations sent a detailed report on socio-economic conditions in Egypt to the UN’s Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights on Wednesday. Egypt is scheduled to give a presentation on its conditions in the committee’s 51st session held in November.

The signatory organisations accused Egypt’s subsequent ruling administrations, since the time of ousted President Hosni Mubarak and until today, of failing to make use of the political shifts taking place to fix the state’s economic structure. The needed changes, the organisations added, would be in line with the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

The report discussed the economic conditions in the country in light of the absence of justice. The organisations stated that the economic crisis in Egypt has “intensified the suffering of the people already enduring poverty and injustice”. They pointed out that at least one quarter of the population is below poverty line, while one third of the country’s youth are unemployed.

Мнение: Генеральный план Большой Европы

Об актуальности обсуждения концепции Большой Европы, под которой понимается географическое пространство от Исландии и Норвегии на севере до Турции на юге, Португалии на западе и России на востоке, возможностях практической реализации концепции, Ирина Бусыгина, профессор МГИМО, эксперт РСМД, побеседовала с Дмитрием Трениным, директором Московского Центра Карнеги, членом РСМД.

Дмитрий Витальевич, тема строительства Большой Европы (в различных ее интерпретациях и в разные временные отрезки) неоднократно возникала и как политический проект, и как проблема, будоражащая умы интеллектуального и экспертного сообщества. Общеевропейское объединение то входило в повестку дня как стратегическая задача, то, напротив, считалось априорно нереализуемым проектом. Насколько актуально обсуждение этой темы в данный момент?

Вне всяких сомнений, тема Большой Европы достойна экспертного обсуждения. Однако следует различать дискуссии на эту тему и Большую Европу как актуальную практическую задачу. По моему представлению, мы «проскочили» тот момент, когда Большая Европа могла состояться на практике (что, конечно, не означает, что этот момент утрачен безвозвратно). Просто сегодня обстоятельства сложились таким образом, что и Россия, и Европейский союз находятся в той фазе, когда выстраивание приоритетов внутреннего развития и определения своей роли в системе международных отношений более важно и актуально, нежели чем задача объединения.

Прием заявок: зимняя школа прав человека Amnesty International

Amnesty International совместно с Сахаровским центром и другими правозащитными организациями объявляет о проведении зимней школы прав человека. К участию приглашаются все, кто интересуется защитой прав человека в России и в мире. 

Мы ждем студентов и молодых преподавателей, журналистов, юристов и специалистов с сфере международных отношений, молодых историков, политологов, социологов, психологов, антропологов и философов, активистов и волонтеров гражданских организаций и вообще всех, кто хочет действовать для защиты прав человека.

Школа - это комплексный курс лекций, интерактивных занятий, тренингов и практикумов. На базе школы будут действовать практические лаборатории Amnesty International, Молодежного правозащитного движения и Международной школы прав человека и гражданских действий.

Занятия школы буду проходить на базе Сахаровского центра в Москве в 2013-2014 учебном году. Экспертами и преподавателями школы будут известные российские и международные правозащитники, исследователи, журналисты.

Программа обучения включает несколько ступеней, вы можете посещать как отдельные открытые мероприятия (2-3 часа), так и пройти углубленный курс (занятия по выходным на протяжении 6 месяцев).

По итогам программы все выпускники смогут пройти стажировки в правозащитных организациях России и получат сертификаты об окончании Школы.

Для участия необходимо заполнить анкету и пройти краткое собеседование. Первые вводные семинары будут проводится уже в начале октября. Дедлайн для подачи заявок - 15 октября.

С программой занятий можно ознакомиться здесь. Если у вас имеются вопросы о работе школы, пожалуйста, обращайтесь по адресу:vopros@inthrschool.org. Страница школы в Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/humanrightsschool

Источник: http://amnesty.org.ru/school
Наш партнерский ресурс: youth-in-action.org

Конкурс молодых ученых для стажировки в ШАГИ в течение 2014 г.

Школа актуальных гуманитарных исследований Российской академии народного хозяйства и государственной службы при Президенте РФ (далее – ШАГИ РАНХиГС) и Фонд Михаила Прохорова проводят конкурс молодых ученых для стажировки в ШАГИ в течение 2014 календарного года. 

Программа стажировки направлена на поддержку академической мобильности, интеграцию молодых российских ученых и исследователей в международное научное сообщество с целью расширения и активизации их профессиональных связей и контактов, обмена опытом и сотрудничества в области гуманитарных и общественных наук.

Цели и задачи конкурса

1. Конкурс проводится для отбора и приглашения на временную работу (6 месяцев) молодых ученых, которые должны стать участниками коллективных научных проектов, реализуемых в ШАГИ. Список проектов для работы приглашенных исследователей (или исследователей-стажеров) формируется ШАГИ, и утверждается руководством РАНХиГС.
2. Программа адресована кандидатам наук (или PhD), готовящим к публикации книгу, а также аспирантам, завершающим работу над кандидатской диссертацией.
3. Цель программы — предоставить молодым исследователям возможность в ключевой фазе их работы провести полгода в растущем научном центре Москвы, с которым эти исследователи сохранят связь и в будущем.
Общий грантовый фонд конкурса: 4 788 000 руб.
Сумма индивидуального гранта на одного стажера – победителя конкурса: 478 800 руб.
В конкурсе могут принять участие:
— граждане и налоговые резиденты РФ;
— не старше 40 лет;
— имеющие кандидатскую степень или PhD (желательно, чтобы диссертация была защищена не ранее 2008 года);
— аспиранты второго или третьего года обучения;
— обладающие опытом исследовательской работы по теме, близкой к теме одного из проектов ШАГИ;
— имеющие возможность провести шесть месяцев 2014 календарного года в Москве с отрывом от основного места работы;
— владеющие английским языком в объеме, необходимом для профессионального общения (чтение научной литературы, устное общение с коллегами, научная корреспонденция, подготовка докладов и статей);
— приветствуется знание других иностранных языков.

Report on the participation at the conference "Youth in 2020 – the Future of Youth Policies", 1-4 October 2013, Budapest, Hungary

The plenary session
We are pleased to report that YC Social Diplomacy took a part at the conference "Youth in 2020 – the Future of Youth Policies" held by the EU-CoE youth Partnership (1-4 October 2013, Budapest, Hungary).

The conference discussed trends and challenges in the youth field in Europe and their possible implications for European youth policy, youth work and research. 

The aims of the conference are:
  •  to deepen the knowledge of the current and expected future situation and needs of young people in Europe;
  •  to discuss what role may and should youth policy, research and youth work play, on different levels, in the current context of crisis and beyond, to enhance the perspectives for young people in Europe, in particular those on the margins of societies/communities
155 participants from research, practice, policy from all over Europe and beyond, in particular from the regions of South-East Europe, Eastern Europe and South Caucasus, and South Mediterranean region took a part in the event: youth experts and young people, but a certain number will come from beyond/outside of the youth field: employment, education, health etc.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Call for applications: Youth policy symposium with EECA countries – Role of youth work in education for democratic citizenship and participation

The EU-CoE youth partnership opened the Call for applications for the Youth policy symposium with Eastern Europe and Caucasus countries, 13-14 November 2013, Yerevan, Armenia

The EU-CoE youth partnership organizes the Youth policy symposium with EECA countries - Role of youth work in education for democratic citizenship and participation, to be held on 13-14 November 2013 in Yerevan, Armenia.

Education for democratic citizenship and youth participation are challenging topics throughout Europe and represent a common focus of both the EU and the Council of Europe youth policy. The goal of this event will be to examine the situation more closely in the context of Eastern Europe and South Caucasus. What is the situation of education for democratic citizenship and youth participation in the region? How can the education for democratic citizenship and participation be further developed and made accessible to all young people through education (formal and non-formal)? How can the national and local authorities, but also the society at large become more receptive for youth participation and self-expression? Equally, in a region that still has its share of conflict, how can we foster transnational and cross-cultural interaction of young people and through education for democratic citizenship and human rights education support young people in overcoming the spirals of hatred and conflict? These will be some of the questions that the event will strive to address. The structure of the event will allow for discussion from a regional perspective, as well as for a more targeted view of the specific needs and situations per country.

Around 60 participants from research, practice, policy from all over Europe and in particular from the region of Eastern Europe and South Caucasus will participate in the event.


All interested persons are welcome to apply by the deadline - 10 October 2013, noon Brussels / Strasbourg time (CET).

Full information: http://youth-partnership-eu.coe.int/export/sites/default/youth-partnership/news/attachments/Youth_policy_symposium_with_EECA_countries_2013.pdf

Our partner source: youth-in-action.org

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

EU remains firmly committed to boosting civil society’s role in the European Neighbourhood Policy

The EU remains firmly committed to enhancing the civil society's role in the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle has told representatives of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) during a meeting in Brussels today. The exchange of views with the CSOs is part of annual public consultations aimed to help prepare the next European Neighbourhood Policy country progress reports. 

The ENP is a prime example of a comprehensive approach to foreign policy and an umbrella that allows the EU to use all available instruments and policies in a coherent way, from CFSP/CSDP to political cooperation and trade policy, as well as sector policies such as energy, environment, transport, and development cooperation policy. “It is why, engaging with organisations like yours, which are active in a wide range of areas, is so important,” the Commissioner stressed.

The EU Delegations in partner countries have started to build a structured dialogue with national and local organisations aimed at discussing key recommendations contained in the annual progress reports and the implementation of priorities from the Action Plans and the Association Agendas, Štefan Füle told the audience.

He said the EU would further step up dialogue with civil society, adding that in 2014, the EU Delegations would have to develop EU roadmaps on working with civil society at country level. “Such effort will provide more impact, predictability and visibility to EU actions targeting civil society, as well as increased complementarity between EU instruments and the support offered by the Member States through its linkage to the EU cycle of external assistance,” the Commissioner underscored.

The EU also seeks to strengthen the structured dialogue with civil society at the regional level, Füle emphasized. With regards to the East, the Commissioner cited the Civil Society Forum as a permanent feature of the work of the Eastern Partnership at the multilateral level. In the South, “we are not yet at the same situation,” the Commissioner said, stressing the need to build a new dialogue in the region, to create mechanisms to improve representativeness and communication of civil society organisations.

Civil society in the partner countries should be more involved in shaping the reform agenda in the Neighbourhood, the Commissioner said, through engagement “in the conception and supervision of budget support programmes, which the EU uses to support reforms in partner countries.” In particular, civil society can be part of the steering committee overseeing the implementation of the budget support programmes,he suggested, “consulted on sector reform strategies, implement various components of the sector support programmes and monitor the implementation by the government of certain elements of the reforms financed.”

The EU supports civil society organisations in the Neighbourhood through various initiatives and programmes, such as the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR), the Non-State Actors and Local Authorities thematic programme (NSA-LA) and the Civil Society Facility. “I can assure you that the Commission will continue to make significant funding opportunities available to support civil society's efforts to participate in the implementation of the transformation process,” he said.

The Commissioner concluded by stressing that “the EU remains firmly committed to enhancing the civil society's role in the European Neighbourhood Policy.” 

#MENASocialGood global summit on the role of Technology &Social Media in advancing Social Good in the Arab World

MENA+SOCIALGOOD
GLOBAL VIRTUAL INTERACTIVE SUMMIT on the role of ADVANCING SOCIAL GOOD IN THE ARAB WORLD 

An interactive virtual Global Summit on the role of the internet, social media & technology in enabling Social Good and shaping the future of the Arab World.

THURSDAY - NOVEMBER 7, 2013

08:00 A.M - 4:00PM EST

SUMMIT SNAPSHOT:
Main Event Hub: WASHINGTON DC; +25 SPEAKERS participating virtually from around the world through Cisco partnership; +21 INDEPENDENTLY ORGANIZED MEETUPS in over 17 countries; +30,000 ONLINE PARTICIPANTS;+40 GLOBAL EVENT PARTNERS

ABOUT MENA+SOCIALGOOD

In partnership with the +SocialGood initiative headed by the UN Foundation, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Case Foundation & Mashable, we proudly announce the inaugural MENA+SocialGood Summit: An interactive global exploration on nexus between technology, Diasporas and social good in the Arab World.

Often when we hear about the Middle East and North Africa ('MENA'), news is dominated by talk of political and social turbulence which may push corporations, institutions and individuals away from considering investment and engagement.

The Arab world is home to more than 350 million people with a diaspora 14 million of which 5.8 million reside in Arab countries. According to World Bank, in 2009 Arab countries received a total of 35.1 billion USD in remittance in-flows. According to Christopher Schroeder in "Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East": "While the Middle East lags other regions in Internet penetration, the number of Internet users in Arab countries has been growing faster (23% annually versus a global 14%), and the total is expected to exceed 140 million next year. Those who are online tell a remarkable story of change over the past five years, with clear ramifications for the future. Eighty-three percent use the Internet daily, and half of those for at least five hours a day. Notably, 78% said they prefer the Internet to television, and 44% say they spend less time meeting friends face-to-face than online or on their mobile devices."

Innovation and entrepreneurship has opened doors to partnerships and positive engagement in MENA in the past years. Social media is playing a large role in mobilizing people to aid in development in MENA in areas of crowd funding, volunteerism and social engagement.

MENA+SocialGood is dedicated to exploring this nexus and identifying how technology can enable engagement to catalyze positive impact in MENA. The inaugural Summit will be a gathering of social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, technology developers, NGOs, Governments, thought leaders, and others vested in this space. This global conversation aims to spark collaborations, foster innovation, and promote partnerships and constructive conversations that develop far beyond the Summit itself.

+SocialGood unites a global community of innovators around a shared vision: The power of technology and new media to make the world a better place. This is a community of connectors, bringing together ideas and action in our social media era. The +SocialGood engagement platform provides a space for a truly global conversation to take shape—a place where connectors can collaborate, share best practices, influence local and global agendas, and find new ways to translate their vision into action. As such, Al-Mubadarah will be hosting an event in Washington, DC that integrates diverse partners and global communities using web based technologies for conversations about social and economic development in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA).

Friday, October 25, 2013

Euromediterranean Youth Meeting 2014: Social entrepreneurship best practices exchange

Study Visit 

7-11 April 2014 | Barcelona, Spain 
The Euromediterranean Meeting aims to facilitate the encounter between young people from different communities within the Euro-Mediterranean region that share similar challenges and have common interests on youth work development.

The Euromediterranean Meeting aims to facilitate the encounter between young people from different communities within the Euro-Mediterranean region that share similar challenges and have common interests on youth work development.

Deadline: 15 November 2013

The objectives of the meeting are to:
  • Promote the young entrepreneurs attitude as a social transformation tool.
  • Facilitate network projects between the Euro-Mediterranean countries.
  • Encourage the creativity, innovation, critic vision and participation within the Euro-Mediterranean region.
  • Empower the youth debate and lobby actions for the youth life conditions improvement within the Euro-Mediterranean area.
This year the Euro-Mediterranean Meeting will offer an innovative good practices exchange where the participants will have the possibility to share the opportunities and difficulties they face while implementing their projects. The Meeting will provide with workshops on creativity and networking together with the visit of several social entrepreneurship projects held in Catalonia.

This Study Visit is for 35 participants from: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, LIBYAN ARAB JAMAHIRIYA, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestinian Authority of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, EU MEMBER STATES 

and recommended for: Youth workers, Trainers, Youth leaders, Project managers, Youth Policy Makers, Young Social Entrepereneurs

Working language: English

Organizer: 
  • Catalan Agency for Youth (NGO/Others)
  • Youth Meeting is organized by the Catalan Agency for Youth, Autonomous Government of Catalonia.
  • Co-organizer(s):
  • Association of Human Rights Educators (AHEAD) (NGO/Others)

Our partner source: youth-in-action.org

Call for ideas and projects to be presented at 1st Euro-Med Brokerage Event on Research and Innovation

The EU-funded Mediterranean Science, Policy, Research & Innovation Gateway project (MED-SPRING) is offering young researchers and/or entrepreneurs from the Mediterranean a chance to present their idea to potential investors at the 1st Euro-Mediterranean Brokerage Event on research and innovation that it is organising on 12-13 February 2014 in Cairo, Egypt.

MedSpring is seeking novel ideas which could have a strategic and meaningful impact in the Mediterranean region. They should be realistic and ambitious at the same time, enough to sustain the active engagement of potential investors.

Applicants are invited to fill in the Expression of Interest form and send it to brokerage@medspring.eu, and upload a 5 minute video-spot illustrating the idea for the attention of the civil society and interested investors on http://agora.medspring.eu/.

The deadline for submission of applications is 30 November 2013. 

The 1st Euro-Mediterranean Brokerage Event on research and innovation is organised by the Ministry of Scientific Research (Egypt), in collaboration with the Agronomic Institute of Bari (CIHEAM-IAMB, Italy) and the Malta Council for Science and Technology in the framework of the Mediterranean Science, Policy, Research & Innovation Gateway (MedSpring) project.

The event is open to young entrepreneurs/researchers from Europe and Mediterranean countries; MedSpring partners, particularly researcher institutions and research policy makers; Tech-driven enterprises, SMEs and other relevant private/public potential investors/networks; as well as research/networks organisations, etc.

It will offer participants the opportunity to express their interests and offers for cooperation and meet other Euro-Mediterranean innovation stakeholders, to get the latest information on H2020 funding opportunities, and to present their innovative ideas to potential investors from Europe and the Mediterranean countries.

To participate in the event, register on the Euromed Matchmaking Platform

MedSpring is a project funded under the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7) with the aim of encouraging and strengthening Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation on Research and Innovation.

The EU promotes science and technology through its €40 billion Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7). FP7 is the main instrument for funding research in EU countries, with participation on collaborative projects encouraged from any organisation or individual from non-EU countries.

FP7 launched its last round of calls in 2012, and now the EU is preparing for the launch of its successor, H2020, the largest collaborative transnational research programme in the world with an expected overall budget of €80 billion. The programme will remain open to non-EU countries, offering Southern Mediterranean researchers opportunities for cooperation with researchers from other parts of the world.

International cooperation, especially with its neighbouring countries and the Mediterranean region, is a key priority of EU research and innovation funding. 

Our partner source: youth-in-action.org

Friday, October 18, 2013

Call for applications: Youth in Peace-Building and Reconciliation

1-10 December 2013 | Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Training aims to equip young people with competencies to develop local and international projects that promote peace, intercultural dialog and are against violence and hate speech.

DURING THIS TRAINING, PARTICIPANTS WILL:
  • Learn about the Concepts of Peace – peace building, peace keeping, reconciliation;
  • Discuss about the Culture of war and culture of peace ;
  • Gain knowledge and awareness of Hate speech, conflict and intercultural understanding – concepts, practices and tools;
  • Get the chance experience the exchange of community and share your personal experience of conflict;
  • Find out about Divided communities across Europe – what they are and how many we actually have?
  • Expand their knowledge about Peace building in divided communities and get the real example by visiting divided communities in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Mostar and Sarajevo);
  • Learn how to link and implement educational/culture and art/environmental/volunteering projects with broader aim of peace building;
  • Get the introduction to Project management;
  • Use the Open space for ideas and preparation of actions, initiatives or projects of participants organizations;
  • Chance for Networking and follow up of the TC;
  • Get support for Self reflection on learning process and evaluation.

Our partner source: youth-in-action.org

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Strengthening civil society platforms in Eastern Partnership and Russia

By Natalia Shapovalova & Eleonora Tafuro

The European Union (EU) aims to engage with and strengthen civil society in its neighbourhood by encouraging its participation in policy-making, both at the national and international level, and by spreading democratic ideas and practices, so that civil society actors can help transformation at home. Supporting a civil society forum, allowing for interactions among civil societies from EU and neighbouring countries, is a practical example of this effort.
Courtesy of EaPCSF
This piece focuses on two fora that exist in the East – the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) and the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum (EU-Russia CSF). In early October, the EaP CSF gathered for the fifth time and the EU-Russia CSF held its fourth meeting. After attending the annual assemblies of both fora, it is time to take stock.

Both initiatives have developed into a recognisable brand for civil society cooperation in wider Europe supported by the EU. In the case of the EaP CSF, its very establishment, promoted by the European Commission, intended to create a civil society counterpart to the EaP’s inter-governmental and inter-parliamentary structures. Its assemblies are usually opened by Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Commissioner Štefan Füle and top level diplomats from EU member states. The EU-Russia CSF was a bottom-up initiative of Russian and mainly German civil society organisations (CSOs) that later found support of the European Commission. The fora have established permanent structures – a steering committee and working groups – to allow for continuous work. EaP CSF has six national platforms in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine to organise work at the country-level and since 2013 there is a small Secretariat in Brussels. The EU-Russia CSF is also considering setting up a secretariat.

Both fora attract great interest among civil society actors in the region, judging by the high number of applications from EaP countries and Russia. EU-based organisations, however, seem less active, participating more as observers. The fact that both fora took place in the same week, but thousands of kilometres apart, in this case did not help as EU organisations interested in Eastern neighbours had to choose between the two. 

A research study: The humanitarian role of local faith communities

April 22 2013: In humanitarian emergencies across the world, people commonly look to their local faith communities for support. But does religion help people and societies to cope with and transition out of conflict and disaster, or is it ill-equipped, superstitious and fatalist, even creating conflict in the first place? The investigation made by Insight on Conflict  has found that the situation is complex and requires careful research. 
Local Faith Communities such as this one at a Malaria awareness raising event in Maputo, Mozambique, are providing humanitarian assistance to those in need. Photo courtesy of Jean Duff on behalf of PIRCOM.




In almost every corner of the globe, people gather together, deeply connected through shared allegiance and identity in religious communities.

In almost every corner of the globe, people gather together, deeply connected through shared allegiance and identity in religious communities. This remains true, despite frequent predictions that modernity would inevitably supplant faith; in fact, religion in the twentieth century has been characterised by endurance and even resurgence. For the past six months, I have been working as a researcher with the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities, a grouping of agencies – some faith-based, some not – and academics interested in better understanding how to effectively engage with local faith communities. Together, we have been investigating the various roles religion plays in the resilience of communities affected by humanitarian emergencies caused by conflict or disaster.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Council of Europe’s Anti-Racism Commission publishes new report on the Russian Federation

Strasbourg, 15.10.2013 - The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) today published its fourth report on the Russian Federation. ECRI’s Chair, Ms Eva Smith, said that, despite positive developments, there were issues of concern. For example, the residence registration system poses significant problems and ultranationalist, racist and neo-Nazi websites are rife on the Internet. 

The Russian Federation has granted citizenship to large numbers of people and statelessness has significantly reduced. Substantial efforts have been made to react firmly to the escalation of racist violence; criminal law now provides that racial hatred or enmity is an aggravating circumstance; law enforcement authorities have targeted the most aggressive ultranationalist groups; and the number and quality of criminal prosecutions for hate crime have increased. Regional ombudsmen have been established in 71 out of 83 constituent entities. A plan is being developed to improve the situation of the Roma.

However, no independent body specialised in combating racism and racial discrimination has been set up. There are indications that the anti-extremism legislation is sometimes over-used and misused, targeting those expressing politically unpopular opinions, human rights activists and members of minority religious communities. Violations of labour regulations and basic rights of migrants occur on a massive scale. Some public figures engage in xenophobic rhetoric and allegations of police misconduct against persons belonging to vulnerable groups continue to be reported.

In its report, ECRI has made a number of recommendations to the authorities, among which the following three require priority implementation and will be revisited by ECRI in two years’ time:
  • To find ways to identify those Russian nationals, non-nationals and stateless persons who face obstacles in the residence registration procedure and facilitate their registration;
  • To revise the definition of extremism in the Federal Law on Combating Extremist Activity to ensure that it only applies to serious cases where hatred or violence are involved and to specify clearly the criteria to be met when declaring any material extremist;
  • To restore the programme on tolerance in Russian society across the country.

The report is available here. It was prepared following ECRI’s contact visit to the Russian Federation in April 2012 [Press Release – 11.05.12] and takes account of developments up to 6 December 2012.

ECRI is a human rights body of the Council of Europe, composed of independent experts, which monitors problems of racism, xenophobia, antisemitism, intolerance and discrimination on grounds such as “race”, national/ethnic origin, colour, citizenship, religion and language (racial discrimination); it prepares reports and issues recommendations to member States.

For more information on ECRI: www.coe.int/ecri

Press contact: Stefano Valenti, Tel: +33 (0)3 90 21 43 28, stefano.valenti@coe.int

Friday, October 11, 2013

Appel a contributions pour le panel : ''La jeunesse en tant qu'objet politique identifiable'', Congrès Mondial de Sciences politiques

Teaser :
23ème Congrès mondial de science politique à Montréal du 19 au 24 juillet 2014 - La jeunesse en tant qu’objet politique identifiable : mobilisations, participation et dispositifs de représentation politique des jeunes (panel dans sociologie politique) 

23rd World Congress of Political Science - Panel in Political Sociology “Youth as a politically identifiable subject: mobilizations, participation and programs for youth representation in politics” (to be held in Montreal from 19 until 24 July 2014)

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Certains doutent que la jeunesse soit un objet politique identifiable. Ce faisant, les débats sur le rapport au politique des jeunes ont été relancés avec les mouvements de protestations qui ont surgi « à partir du printemps arabe ». Ceux-ci ont été présentés par les médias comme des mouvements de jeunes en rupture avec les générations précédentes. Ces discours sur la rupture se sont appuyés notamment sur le fossé numérique qui sépare les pratiques des jeunes adeptes d’actions connectives des manières de faire de leurs aînés. Ils rejoignent ainsi les déclarations fréquentes sur la désaffection des jeunes vis-à-vis de la participation électorale et des dispositifs institutionnels mis en place pour faciliter leur participation et leur représentation politique.

Dans ce panel, il s’agit de discuter des raisons et des modalités d’une part, de l’engagement et de la continuité de la participation des jeunes dans des actions collectives ou au sein des dispositifs institutionnels de représentation politique et sociale et de l’autre, des mises en sommeil et des renoncements de cette catégorie de la population à la participation. In fine, en réunissant des études de cas qui analysent des mobilisations et des dispositifs de participation politique originaux en provenance de divers contextes nationaux, on espère pouvoir contribuer au renouvellement des questionnements ayant trait à la culture politique des jeunes et aux effets des dispositifs institutionnels sur celle-ci.

Date limite de présentation des résumés : 21 octobre 2013

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Call for papers: the Organisation, Economics and Policy of Scientific Research, Italy

In order to support the current trend of the CoE and European Commission within research segment and youth, we provide some useful information on some opportunities for its development in the field of junior researchers. This opportunity has an extra option -- a limited number of travel and accommodation support grants to junior scholars (PhD students or post-doc researchers who obtained their PhD in 2011 or later). 

LEI & BRICK
(University of Torino – Collegio Carlo Alberto)

CALL FOR PAPERS: THE ORGANISATION, ECONOMICS AND POLICY OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

LEI & BRICK with financial support from the Collegio Carlo Alberto are organising their annual workshop on “The Organisation, Economics and Policy of Scientific Research” on 22-23 May, 2014 at Collegio Carlo Alberto in Moncalieri (Torino, Italy).

The aim of the workshop is to bring together a small group of scholars interested in the analysis of the production and diffusion of scientific research from an economics, historical, organizational, and policy perspective.


Call for papers


As in previous years, we aim to attract contributions from both junior and senior scholars; a minimum number of slots are reserved for junior researchers (PhD students or postdoc scholars who obtained their PhD in 2011 or later).

Up to 24 papers will be selected from open submissions on the basis of peer review.

The workshop aims at including papers form various streams of research developed in recent years in and around the area of public and private scientific research. Contributions are invited on (but not limited to) one or more of the following topics:
  • Organisation of research activities
  • Public and private funding of academic research
  • Role of gender and family in scientific research
  • Science research networks and collaboration
  • Scientific careers & mobility
  • Scientific knowledge production
  • Teaching and research interaction
The workshop is organised as part of the Collegio Carlo Alberto research project on researcher mobility and scientific performance and contributions to the topic are particularly welcome.


Important dates:

  • 31st January 2014. Deadline for submission
  • 14th March 2014. Notification of acceptance
  • 1st May 2014. Deadline for submission of full papers

Submissions:


Deadline for the submission of full papers is January 31st 2014. To submit your paper and for further information contact: Cornelia Lawson ( cornelia.meissner@unito.it).

Announcing the New Issue of Middle East Report Fall 2013: How is gender related to revolution?

How is gender related to revolution? What is the connection between gender and women or, for that matter, between gender and women and men? These questions are posed in dramatic fashion by the Arab revolts, as well as other mass movements, in the second decade of the twenty-first century. As the fall 2013 issue of Middle East Report details, gender is at the front lines of the region’s battles for political participation and social justice. 

In her incisive primer, Norma Claire Moruzzilays out three case studies—one from Tunisia and two from Egypt—to demonstrate that patriarchal authority may assume different guises in dictatorships and countries making a transition away from autocratic rule. Such “tradition” can be comforting for some during the uncertainty of the transition, but because it is not democratic, patriarchy also tends to fuel the struggle for equal citizenship.

Political scientists Mervat Hatem and Vickie Langohr look at how competing forces in Egypt have deployed ideas about gender in service of political goals. Hatem shows the continuity between the “state feminism” of the Mubarak regime and the gender discourses of the Muslim Brothers and the post-coup regime. Langohr presents her in-depth research on the efforts of revolutionary activists to stop sexual assault in Tahrir Square and other public spaces. 

Rebecca Joubin decodes the gendered messages of the 2013 crop of Ramadan television serials in Syria. Amid war and chaos, the portrayal of masculinity is shot through with political tension.

Themes of gender and generation also figured heavily in the early summer upheavals in Turkey. Marcie J. Patton examines the central role of millennials — people aged 15-30 — in the Occupy Gezi movement.Neslihan Sen focuses on the most famous gendered icon of the Gezi protests, “the woman in the red dress” who was photographed being tear-gassed in the park.

Also featured: Dan Connell reports on the rerouted trafficking in Eritrean refugees; MERIP remembers thegreat journalist Graham Usher; and more.

Subscribe to Middle East Report or order individual copies online at www.merip.org.

For further information, contact Chris Toensing at ctoensing@merip.org.

Middle East Report is published by the Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP), a progressive, independent organization based in Washington, DC. Since 1971 MERIP has provided critical analysis of the Middle East, focusing on political economy, popular struggles, and the implications of US and international policy for the region.

Source: http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/14526/announcing-the-new-issue-of-middle-east-report-fal
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Прием заявок: Образовательная программа – Training Russian and CIS Activists in International Human Rights Law

Centre de la protection internationale, французская правозащитная организация (г. Страсбург), возглавляемая известным российским юристом и правозащитником Каринной Москаленко, объявляет конкурс для участия в образовательной программе Training Russian and CIS Activists in International Human Rights Law.
Срок проведения программы – 1 ноября 2013 г. – 30 апреля 2014 г. 

Программа предусматривает четырехмесячное дистанционное и прямое обучение под руководством ведущих российских и зарубежных специалистов в области прав человека, недельное практическое обучение в г. Страсбург, запланированное на февраль-март 2014 года, а затем – продолжение обучения с использованием полученных теоретических и практических знаний.

Учебная группа будет состоять из 7 человек. Она формируется из профессиональных юристов и правозащитников, активно использующих в своей деятельности международные стандарты защиты прав человека, в частности, Европейскую Конвенцию о защите прав человека и основных свобод.

Предпочтение будет отдано кандидатам, которые уже имеют опыт участия в национальных и международных семинарах по тематике Конвенции, а также практический опыт обращений в Европейский Суд по правам человека и другие международные органы.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Intercultural dialogue: Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt by Claudia Wiens


Today we will completely devote to Egypt and its intercultural and inter-religious background, as well as socio-political instability. 


Therefore, this article combined with photo-essay by Claudia Wiens is more than appreciated within intercultural dialogue and better understanding of the modern Middle East, Egypt particularly. 



Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt

Although leprosy is on the verge of extinction and many people totally forgot about this disease, there are still some leprosaria or leprosy colonies as they are often called. This is not a story about suffering and misery, but rather about a strange micro-cosmos, a place unknown to most people: the leprosy colony Abu Zaabal in Qalyoubiya, 40km north of Cairo. All tourists that fly into Cairocould see it from above as it is quite close to the airport if they would know that it is there. About 750 patients are still living there, and another 3,000-4,000 cured lepers are living in the adjoining Abdel Moneim Riad village. 

The full material could be found in the author's blog: http://claudiawiens.wordpress.com/2009/02/12/leprosy-colony-abu-zaabal-in-egypt/ 

The European Research Area: Beyond Market Politics

Regarding the passed conference "Youth in 2020 – the Future of Youth Policies", 1-4 October 2013, Budapest, Hungary, we would like to develop this subject related to research area. Therefore, we are willing to attract your attention for the following artible written by Diana Jane Beech. 

The way the European Union regards science and research is changing. There is an increased emphasis on producing marketable deliverables for financial gain. At the same time, the advent of Horizon 2020 raises important yet often-overlooked questions.

Where is it exactly that European research policy is heading? And is this in line with where it ought to be heading, if it really is to create a ‘new Renaissance’ with the potential to transform the way Europe ‘does’ science for the better and in a way that is sustainable for the long term?

To answer this, attention must first be paid to the extent that the current projected vision for the European Research Area, or ERA, is in danger of moving away from the motivations and expectations of researchers at the grassroots of the European innovation chain.

From Galileo through to Gell-Mann, or from Newton to Einstein, scientists throughout European history have traditionally been driven in their work by curiosity about the world around them and the desire to find answers to life’s great mysteries.

It is this blind and often serendipitous pursuit of knowledge that has been behind many of the greatest scientific breakthroughs of the modern world.

As such, if researchers are to retain any sense of awe and wonder, or the inspiration and drive that have historically been at the heart of their day-to-day discoveries, it is essential that an emphasis on personal humility is not eclipsed in today’s ERA by policies endorsing only ‘applied’ or ‘targeted’ science.

The European Commission’s senior advisory board on the ERA has already recognised that for the European Union, or EU, to make the transition to a more streamlined ERA requires “fundamental change in the way we think, work and research – indeed a change as great as any in our history”.

In its first public report, it called this change a ‘new Renaissance’, deliberately alluding to earlier revolutions in thought, society and science to underscore the importance of this juncture in European research policy for readdressing the social reality of the EU as we know it.

EU delegation to Egypt organises research seminar

Seminar focuses on supporting research and innovation in organisations to boost their capacities to use technology and conduct researches 

The European Union delegation to Egypt organised on Wednesday its second innovation seminar, hosting researchers, industry experts, academics, entrepreneurs, and financial institutions from Egypt and various EU member states to network and share knowledge.

“The European Union is very aware of the vital importance of the science, research and innovation in the relationship between Europe and Egypt,” said EU Ambassador to Egypt James Moran in the opening speech of the seminar.

Moran added that this seminar would deepen bilateral relationships and act as a platform for exchanging ideas between experts and stakeholders from Europe and Egypt.

Daily Egypt: Egyptian NGOs send report on socio-economic conditions to UN



NGOs suggest nothing has changed in lack of socio-economic rights despite subsequent change in leadership

Fifty-seven Egyptian civil society organisations voiced to the United Nations their concern regarding the subsequent regimes’ lack of attention to people’s demands, especially the economic ones.

The organisations sent a detailed report on socio-economic conditions in Egypt to the UN’s Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights on Wednesday. Egypt is scheduled to give a presentation on its conditions in the committee’s 51st session held in November.

The signatory organisations accused Egypt’s subsequent ruling administrations, since the time of ousted President Hosni Mubarak and until today, of failing to make use of the political shifts taking place to fix the state’s economic structure. The needed changes, the organisations added, would be in line with the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

The report discussed the economic conditions in the country in light of the absence of justice. The organisations stated that the economic crisis in Egypt has “intensified the suffering of the people already enduring poverty and injustice”. They pointed out that at least one quarter of the population is below poverty line, while one third of the country’s youth are unemployed.

Мнение: Генеральный план Большой Европы

Об актуальности обсуждения концепции Большой Европы, под которой понимается географическое пространство от Исландии и Норвегии на севере до Турции на юге, Португалии на западе и России на востоке, возможностях практической реализации концепции, Ирина Бусыгина, профессор МГИМО, эксперт РСМД, побеседовала с Дмитрием Трениным, директором Московского Центра Карнеги, членом РСМД.

Дмитрий Витальевич, тема строительства Большой Европы (в различных ее интерпретациях и в разные временные отрезки) неоднократно возникала и как политический проект, и как проблема, будоражащая умы интеллектуального и экспертного сообщества. Общеевропейское объединение то входило в повестку дня как стратегическая задача, то, напротив, считалось априорно нереализуемым проектом. Насколько актуально обсуждение этой темы в данный момент?

Вне всяких сомнений, тема Большой Европы достойна экспертного обсуждения. Однако следует различать дискуссии на эту тему и Большую Европу как актуальную практическую задачу. По моему представлению, мы «проскочили» тот момент, когда Большая Европа могла состояться на практике (что, конечно, не означает, что этот момент утрачен безвозвратно). Просто сегодня обстоятельства сложились таким образом, что и Россия, и Европейский союз находятся в той фазе, когда выстраивание приоритетов внутреннего развития и определения своей роли в системе международных отношений более важно и актуально, нежели чем задача объединения.

Прием заявок: зимняя школа прав человека Amnesty International

Amnesty International совместно с Сахаровским центром и другими правозащитными организациями объявляет о проведении зимней школы прав человека. К участию приглашаются все, кто интересуется защитой прав человека в России и в мире. 

Мы ждем студентов и молодых преподавателей, журналистов, юристов и специалистов с сфере международных отношений, молодых историков, политологов, социологов, психологов, антропологов и философов, активистов и волонтеров гражданских организаций и вообще всех, кто хочет действовать для защиты прав человека.

Школа - это комплексный курс лекций, интерактивных занятий, тренингов и практикумов. На базе школы будут действовать практические лаборатории Amnesty International, Молодежного правозащитного движения и Международной школы прав человека и гражданских действий.

Занятия школы буду проходить на базе Сахаровского центра в Москве в 2013-2014 учебном году. Экспертами и преподавателями школы будут известные российские и международные правозащитники, исследователи, журналисты.

Программа обучения включает несколько ступеней, вы можете посещать как отдельные открытые мероприятия (2-3 часа), так и пройти углубленный курс (занятия по выходным на протяжении 6 месяцев).

По итогам программы все выпускники смогут пройти стажировки в правозащитных организациях России и получат сертификаты об окончании Школы.

Для участия необходимо заполнить анкету и пройти краткое собеседование. Первые вводные семинары будут проводится уже в начале октября. Дедлайн для подачи заявок - 15 октября.

С программой занятий можно ознакомиться здесь. Если у вас имеются вопросы о работе школы, пожалуйста, обращайтесь по адресу:vopros@inthrschool.org. Страница школы в Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/humanrightsschool

Источник: http://amnesty.org.ru/school
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Конкурс молодых ученых для стажировки в ШАГИ в течение 2014 г.

Школа актуальных гуманитарных исследований Российской академии народного хозяйства и государственной службы при Президенте РФ (далее – ШАГИ РАНХиГС) и Фонд Михаила Прохорова проводят конкурс молодых ученых для стажировки в ШАГИ в течение 2014 календарного года. 

Программа стажировки направлена на поддержку академической мобильности, интеграцию молодых российских ученых и исследователей в международное научное сообщество с целью расширения и активизации их профессиональных связей и контактов, обмена опытом и сотрудничества в области гуманитарных и общественных наук.

Цели и задачи конкурса

1. Конкурс проводится для отбора и приглашения на временную работу (6 месяцев) молодых ученых, которые должны стать участниками коллективных научных проектов, реализуемых в ШАГИ. Список проектов для работы приглашенных исследователей (или исследователей-стажеров) формируется ШАГИ, и утверждается руководством РАНХиГС.
2. Программа адресована кандидатам наук (или PhD), готовящим к публикации книгу, а также аспирантам, завершающим работу над кандидатской диссертацией.
3. Цель программы — предоставить молодым исследователям возможность в ключевой фазе их работы провести полгода в растущем научном центре Москвы, с которым эти исследователи сохранят связь и в будущем.
Общий грантовый фонд конкурса: 4 788 000 руб.
Сумма индивидуального гранта на одного стажера – победителя конкурса: 478 800 руб.
В конкурсе могут принять участие:
— граждане и налоговые резиденты РФ;
— не старше 40 лет;
— имеющие кандидатскую степень или PhD (желательно, чтобы диссертация была защищена не ранее 2008 года);
— аспиранты второго или третьего года обучения;
— обладающие опытом исследовательской работы по теме, близкой к теме одного из проектов ШАГИ;
— имеющие возможность провести шесть месяцев 2014 календарного года в Москве с отрывом от основного места работы;
— владеющие английским языком в объеме, необходимом для профессионального общения (чтение научной литературы, устное общение с коллегами, научная корреспонденция, подготовка докладов и статей);
— приветствуется знание других иностранных языков.

Report on the participation at the conference "Youth in 2020 – the Future of Youth Policies", 1-4 October 2013, Budapest, Hungary

The plenary session
We are pleased to report that YC Social Diplomacy took a part at the conference "Youth in 2020 – the Future of Youth Policies" held by the EU-CoE youth Partnership (1-4 October 2013, Budapest, Hungary).

The conference discussed trends and challenges in the youth field in Europe and their possible implications for European youth policy, youth work and research. 

The aims of the conference are:
  •  to deepen the knowledge of the current and expected future situation and needs of young people in Europe;
  •  to discuss what role may and should youth policy, research and youth work play, on different levels, in the current context of crisis and beyond, to enhance the perspectives for young people in Europe, in particular those on the margins of societies/communities
155 participants from research, practice, policy from all over Europe and beyond, in particular from the regions of South-East Europe, Eastern Europe and South Caucasus, and South Mediterranean region took a part in the event: youth experts and young people, but a certain number will come from beyond/outside of the youth field: employment, education, health etc.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Call for applications: Youth policy symposium with EECA countries – Role of youth work in education for democratic citizenship and participation

The EU-CoE youth partnership opened the Call for applications for the Youth policy symposium with Eastern Europe and Caucasus countries, 13-14 November 2013, Yerevan, Armenia

The EU-CoE youth partnership organizes the Youth policy symposium with EECA countries - Role of youth work in education for democratic citizenship and participation, to be held on 13-14 November 2013 in Yerevan, Armenia.

Education for democratic citizenship and youth participation are challenging topics throughout Europe and represent a common focus of both the EU and the Council of Europe youth policy. The goal of this event will be to examine the situation more closely in the context of Eastern Europe and South Caucasus. What is the situation of education for democratic citizenship and youth participation in the region? How can the education for democratic citizenship and participation be further developed and made accessible to all young people through education (formal and non-formal)? How can the national and local authorities, but also the society at large become more receptive for youth participation and self-expression? Equally, in a region that still has its share of conflict, how can we foster transnational and cross-cultural interaction of young people and through education for democratic citizenship and human rights education support young people in overcoming the spirals of hatred and conflict? These will be some of the questions that the event will strive to address. The structure of the event will allow for discussion from a regional perspective, as well as for a more targeted view of the specific needs and situations per country.

Around 60 participants from research, practice, policy from all over Europe and in particular from the region of Eastern Europe and South Caucasus will participate in the event.


All interested persons are welcome to apply by the deadline - 10 October 2013, noon Brussels / Strasbourg time (CET).

Full information: http://youth-partnership-eu.coe.int/export/sites/default/youth-partnership/news/attachments/Youth_policy_symposium_with_EECA_countries_2013.pdf

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