Jan 22, 2024
2024 Global South Study Week on “Alternatives in Governance and Sustainable Human Development”

Alternatives in Governance and Sustainable Human Development

The Beirut Study Week becomes global: Apply to be part by February 10, 2024!

For many years already, the Study Week on Sustainable Human Development has gathered young researchers and campaigners of the Arab region to debate, learn, strategize and exchange experiences on key issues for peoples and the planet. Now the Arab NGO Network for Development, Third World Network, Social Watch, Global Policy Forum and the Asfari Institute of the American University in Beirut (AUB), are joining forces to build on their successful previous collaborations and make it a Global South event.

The 2024 Global South Study Week on “Alternatives in Governance and Sustainable Human Development” will be held during the first quarter of 2024 (date and location TBC) and interested participants can now apply to take part.

Travel and accommodation costs of the participation will be covered by the organizers. The meeting will have simultaneous translation into Arabic, English and French, but some basic fluency in English is desirable for participants to be able to benefit from the interactions with each other.

The structural challenges faced for achieving sustainable human development cannot be solved at local, national, or regional levels only. The international community and all development actors are mutually accountable to achieving sustainable human development and addressing the root causes of these challenges. Common but differentiated responsibilities of all stakeholders should be recognized and efforts on raising awareness in this regard should be systematic including building critical mass, developing research in policy alternatives, monitoring, and advocacy integrating solidarity and leaving no one behind approaches for policy reform. Thus, the role of civil society as a key development actor is undeniable. Despite challenges with an enabling environment, as well as access to information and resources, Global South civil society groups have been engaged in several initiatives on alternative discourse. Their demands and calls for reform and towards changing the rhetoric is clear and should be further echoed.

The program aims at
- Enhancing the positions of civil society on structural challenges of sustainable human development by building capacities and raising awareness on key development issues;
- Establishing a working group of civil society activists from various Global South countries cooperating with the organizing agencies on studying the different layers of developmental process;
- Better informed engagement in advocacy at regional and international levels on development issues and strengthened mobilization, networking and solidarity among Global South civil society.

Interested candidates are requested to fill in this form by February 10, 2024 taking into consideration below minimum requirements of the selection process:
- Under 40 years old
- Coming from a Global South Country
- Holding a relevant university degree on development studies, economics, international relations, human rights, political studies, social sciences
- Endorsed by a local/national or regional NGO (an endorsement letter will be requested)
- Engaged in local/national or regional coordination/coalition/advocacy/campaign work in one or more of the topics listed: development, multilateralism, global governance, debt, trade and investment, tax, social justice, climate change, biodiversity, gender justice.
- Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted by the Selection Committee Representatives.

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