XXVII Curso Interdisciplinario en Derechos Humanos Acceso a la justicia e inclusión San José de Costa Rica, 6 al 17 de julio de 2009

27 02 2009

XXVII Curso Interdisciplinario en Derechos Humanos:

En el contexto de la estrategia institucional del IIDH “Los Derechos Humanos desde la dimensión de la pobreza: Una ruta por construir en el Sistema Interamericano” 1, el acceso a la justicia es un componente esencial, entendido como un proceso de inclusión para que los sectores más vulnerables y excluidos tengan medios y mecanismos para reclamar derechos con enfoque colectivo donde sus demandas tengan incidencia en el mejoramiento de su proyecto de vida y, de manera general, se logren adecuados índices de desarrollo humano y seguridad humana.

El curso interdisciplinario no busca ofrecer un repaso sobre el acceso a la justicia en general, sino una oportunidad para generar sinergias entre actores claves de la sociedad. En el curso se definirá la unidad temática del acceso a la justicia con visión de derechos humanos para combatir situaciones de exclusión.

En el Curso se afianzará la unidad temática y profesional dentro de la diversidad. Esto es indispensable para identificar roles y aportes diferentes de cada uno y, al mismo tiempo, para permitir al IIDH identificar futuras acciones de promoción de los derechos humanos en el continente. Para tales efectos se pondrán en práctica tres criterios básicos:

  • La composición del grupo de participantes responderá a una convocatoria interamericana, pluridisciplinaria y multisectorial.
  • Los participantes deberán realizar un aporte concreto previo sobre el sistema interamericano de protección de los derechos humanos, dentro una perspectiva integradora.
  • El método de trabajo diseñado reúne las cualidades necesarias para generar un enfoque interdisciplinario que estimula el aprendizaje, la construcción de conocimientos y el intercambio de experiencias.

Fecha y lugar de realización:

El XXVII Curso Interdisciplinario en Derechos Humanos se llevará del 6 al 17 de julio de 2009 en el Aula Interamericana de Derechos Humanos, ubicada en la sede del IIDH. Este es un espacio físico diseñado especialmente para la realización de foros, cursos, seminarios y talleres de capacitación. La sede del IIDH se encuentra en un suburbio de San José, cerca de la sede la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos.

Objetivos:

  • Fortalecer a las organizaciones de la sociedad civil y a las instituciones públicas de defensa y procuración gratuita que litigan casos a favor de personas y colectivos más vulnerables y excluidos respecto de sus capacidades técnicas para ampliar el espectro de protección, incluyendo el ámbito de derechos económicos, sociales y culturales.
  • Promover iniciativas regionales, jurisprudencia interamericana y agendas comunes de redes de operadores de justicia para mejorar la inclusión y mayor protección de derechos que puedan favorecer tendencias de combate a la pobreza y la exclusión.
  • Establecer vínculos entre participantes, el IIDH y otras instituciones para fortalecer redes nacionales y regionales comprometidas con el mejoramiento y la calidad del acceso a la justicia con enfoque de derechos humanos  como política pública.2
  • Fortalecer el proceso de construcción de propuestas de acción por parte de los participantes en el campo del acceso a la justicia nacional e interamericana para lograr el empoderamiento de derechos  de la población más excluida.

Eje temático:

El Curso desarrollará, entre otros, los siguientes temas:

  • Acceso a la justicia: Una visión integral desde la óptica del IIDH.
  • Desarrollo humano. Un enfoque global.
  • Acceso a la justicia, Estado de Derecho y garantías institucionales como medio para asegurar condiciones adecuadas de desarrollo humano.
  • Combate a la pobreza desde una perspectiva de derechos humanos: Una obligación impostergable.
  • El acceso a la justicia internacional como medio subsidiario para combatir la pobreza: Los estándares internacionales y los precedentes.
  • Justicia inclusiva, justicia distributiva y seguridad jurídica: El rol social de los operadores de justicia.
  • La protección integral de los derechos humanos con énfasis en la exigibilidad de derechos colectivos. Una revisión de los avances de la protección de los derechos económicos, sociales y culturales en los países americanos y en el Sistema Interamericano.
  • Acceso a la justicia diferenciada a favor de las personas y colectivos más pobres y excluidos bajo los principios de acción afirmativa, acceso universal y sociedades más solidarias. Un repaso de la situación regional del acceso a la justicia de las mujeres, los niños, niñas y adolescentes, las personas con retos especiales o habilidades diversas; los pueblos indígenas y afrodescendientes, los migrantes, los adultos mayores y las personas privadas de libertad.
  • Experiencias exitosas de acceso a la justicia de personas y grupos más excluidos.
  • El acceso de las personas de escasos recursos y de los colectivos vulnerables a los sistemas internacionales de protección de los derechos humanos: Necesidad de revisión de oportunidades de acceso y de auxilio legal gratuito.
  • La atención integral a las víctimas de violaciones de derechos humanos: Urgencia de una propuesta de “victimología”.
  • Las reparaciones sociales a las víctimas de violaciones de derechos humanos en el sistema interamericano como estándares de diseño de políticas públicas de acceso a la justicia.
  • Propuesta metodológica para la educación y capacitación en materia de acceso a la justicia y derechos humanos.

Metodología:

El Curso combinará conferencias magistrales, paneles de expertos, estudios de casos, mesas de discusión, talleres de trabajo práctico y espacios de recapitulación para fortalecer la visión de proceso.

Perfil de los participantes:

Por la naturaleza interdisciplinaria del Curso, se espera la participación de personas provenientes de distintos sectores y disciplinas del hemisferio americano que tengan vínculos académicos o laborales con el eje temático Acceso a la Justicia, Derechos Humanos y combate a la pobreza.

La propuesta académica del Curso será especialmente oportuna para la capacitación de operadores de justicia; funcionarios de oficinas gubernamentales en temas de derechos humanos (oficinas de Ombudsman, Defensorías Públicas Penales, Procuradurías, comisiones presidenciales y secretarías de derechos humanos); institutos de investigación social, política y jurídica; entidades de la sociedad civil vinculadas a este campo, universidades, organismos internacionales y agencias de cooperación.

Período y requisitos de postulación:

Este es un Curso intensivo que implica un mínimo de 80 horas de trabajo efectivo entre el horario curricular y el trabajo individual y grupal extracurricular. La asistencia y participación activa es obligatoria. Además, hay una serie de actividades previas al Curso que deberán cumplir todas las personas preseleccionadas como requisito de aceptación definitiva. Entre ellas se cuenta la preparación obligatoria de un trabajo previo y seguir un curso nivelatorio en línea sobre el Sistema Interamericano de Protección de los Derechos Humanos. Más detalles al respecto se informarán de manera oportuna a aquellos cuya postulación sea preseleccionada, luego del cierre del período de postulación.

El período de postulación para el XXVII Curso Interdisciplinario en Derechos Humanos se inicia el lunes 9 de febrero de 2009  finaliza el miércoles 15 de abril de 2009.

Las personas interesadas en postular deberán llenar y remitir automáticamente el formulario de postulación que se encuentra disponible en esta página. No es necesario el envío de otros documentos adicionales. Sin embargo, las personas que señalan en el formulario recomendaciones para su postulación, deben enviar vía fax la carta correspondiente debidamente firmada por el recomendante. De lo contrario, la simple referencia no será tomada en consideración.

Selección de participantes:

La selección de participantes es realizada por un Comité ad hoc del IIDH. En el momento en que se tome una decisión respecto a las postulaciones aceptadas, se comunicará de inmediato a las personas interesadas. Posteriormente, se enviará una nota a las demás personas postulantes para informarles de los resultados del proceso.

Durante este período, el IIDH no atenderá consultas individuales al respecto.

Las selección de participantes se realiza sobre la base de ciertos criterios cualitativos (preparación académica y/o experiencia laboral; vínculo con el eje temático; potencial multiplicador; entre otros) y de proporcionalidad (sexo, profesión, sector, área de trabajo y representatividad interamericana, entre otros).

Asimismo, en igualdad de condiciones entre dos o más candidatos(as) se dará preferencia a quien ofrezca cubrir, parcial o totalmente, los costos del Curso.

Inversión y formas de pago:

El Curso Interdisciplinario implica una inversión de US$1,250 (mil doscientos cincuenta dólares), por costos académicos y de organización, que contemplan, entre otros:

  • Contenido y propuesta académica.
  • Facilidades físicas y equipos.
  • Docentes y facilitadores.
  • Materiales didácticos y papelería.
  • Refrigerios (por la mañana y por la tarde, durante días lectivos).
  • Recepciones de inauguración y de clausura.

El pago deberán realizarlo únicamente las personas a quienes se les ha confirmado su calidad de participante, en la forma y tiempo que se les indique.

Por aparte, fuera de los costos académicos y de organización, deberán considerarse los siguientes rubros:

  • Alimentación.
  • Hospedaje.
  • Boleto aéreo.
  • Transporte interno.

Hospedaje, alimentación y transporte:

En un radio de 600 metros de la sede del IIDH se encuentran diferentes hoteles, hostales y apartoteles, con una capacidad suficiente para albergar a la totalidad de los participantes del Curso.

El IIDH facilitará a las personas participantes, direcciones y formas de contacto con los hoteles y podrá sugerir otras soluciones de hospedaje. Sin embargo, cada persona deberá realizar los trámites de reservación y arreglos con el hotel bajo su completa responsabilidad. Los precios por habitación varían de acuerdo a la opción que se elija y el modo de ocupación (sencilla, doble, triple). Los precios por habitación, de acuerdo a la información suministrada por algunos de estos hoteles, rondan entre los $15 y $95 diarios. Esta información deberá ser corroborada directamente con los hoteles.

Asimismo, hay una gran diversidad de restaurantes y cafeterías cercanas donde podrán tomar sus alimentos. El IIDH proporcionará un mapa donde indicará tipos de comida y rangos de precio, pero la selección del lugar será libre. La mayoría de hoteles ofrecen el desayuno incluido en su tarifa. El IIDH ofrecerá refrigerios en la mañana y tarde, durante los días de actividades. Los precios de almuerzo y cena varían en un amplio rango de precios, de acuerdo a la opción que se elija.

El transporte interno, sea aeropuerto-hotel-aeropuerto, o cualquier otro que un participante decida utilizar, será cubierto por el interesado. Por ello se recomienda elegir opciones de hotel cercanas a la sede del IIDH.

Sistema de becas:

El IIDH cuenta con un sistema de becas muy restringido que solo permite cubrir los costos parciales de un porcentaje de las personas participantes. Por ello, se insta a los interesados a gestionar por su lado los fondos que puedan solventar los gastos que implica la participación en el curso, sea en sus propias organizaciones, instituciones de gobierno, embajadas nacionales, organismos internacionales o agencias de cooperación.

El sistema de becas está condicionado a las políticas y limitaciones presupuestarias establecidas en los proyectos que sostienen al Curso Interdisciplinario. En ese sentido, se ha establecido el siguiente sistema de becas:

Residentes en América Latina y el Caribe:

Se considerarán becas hasta por un máximo 70% de los costos académicos y de organización.

Respecto a los demás costos de participación, solo excepcionalmente y en casos fundados se consideran becas parciales de hasta un 70%, por (a) hospedaje y alimentación o (b) boleto aéreo (un rubro u otro) para aquellos que residan fuera de Costa Rica.

Residentes en Costa Rica:

Se considerarán becas hasta por un máximo 70% de los costos académicos y de organización.  Excepcionalmente y en casos fundados, se podrían considerar becas parciales de hasta un 70%, por alimentación.

Residentes en EE. UU., Canadá y otros países fuera del continente:

No hay disponibilidad de becas en ninguno de los rubros.

Al llenar el formulario de inscripción, se ruega elegir el indicado según su lugar de residencia. En caso contrario, el sistema rechazará la postulación.

En el proceso de selección, entre dos o más candidatos que reúnan iguales perfiles y condiciones de participación, se dará preferencia a quien ofrezca cubrir parcial o totalmente el costo del Curso.

Direcciones de contacto:

Para más información, dirigirse a:

Correo electrónico: cinterdisciplinario@iidh.ed.cr
Fax: (506) 2234 0955 / 2253 6202
Dirección Postal: XXVII Curso Interdisciplinario en Derechos Humanos
Instituto Interamericano de Derechos Humanos; Apartado Postal: 10.081-1000; San José, Costa Rica

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UNITED NATIONS JOURNALISM FELLOWSHIPS

26 02 2009

The Dag Hammarskjöld Scholarship Fund for Journalists is now accepting applications from professional journalists from developing countries for its Fellowship Program.

The Fellowships are available to radio, television, print and web journalists, age 25 to 35, from developing countries who are interested in coming to New York to report on international affairs during the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly. The Fellowships will begin in mid-September and extend to late November and will include the cost of travel and accommodations in New York, as well as a per diem allowance.
The Fellowship Program is open to journalists who are native to one of the developing countries in Africa, Asia, South America and the Caribbean, and are currently working full-time for a bona fide media organization in a developing nation. Applicants must demonstrate an interest in and commitment to international affairs and to conveying a better understanding of the United Nations to their readers and audiences. They must also have approval from their media organizations to spend up to two months in New York to report from the United Nations.
The journalists who are awarded Fellowships are given the incomparable opportunity to observe international diplomatic deliberations at the United Nations, to make professional contacts that will serve them for many years to come, to interact with seasoned journalists from around the world, and to gain a broader perspective and understanding of matters of global concern. Many past Fellows have risen to prominence in their professional and countries.
This is the 48th year the Dag Hammarskjöld Scholarship Fund has sponsored the Fellowship Program for Journalists. The program is administered on a volunteer basis by journalists at the United Nations, who raise money from foundations, corporations and diplomatic missions.
Eligibility
Applicants must demonstrate an interest in and commitment to international affairs and to conveying a better understanding of the United Nations to their readers and audiences.
The Dag Hammarskjöld Journalism Fellowship is open to individuals who:
  • Are native of one of the developing countries of Africa, Asia, South America or the Caribbean.
  • Currently live in and write for a publication in their native country.
  • Are between the ages of 25 and 35.
  • Have a good to excellent command of the English language.
  • Are currently employed full-time as professional journalists for bona fide print, television, radio or internet media organizations.
  • Have approval from their media organizations to spend up to three months in New York reporting from the United Nations.
  • Receive a commitment from their media organizations that the reports they file during the term of the Fellowship will be used.

Documentation Requirements
Please include all of the following documents with your signed application. Applications WITHOUT the following documents will NOT be considered.

  1. Copies of representative selections of your work, such as newspaper clippings, audio tapes, or video tapes.
    a. For newspaper clippings, include an English translation. b. For audio tape and video tape submissions, include a written English transcription.
  2. Photocopies of diplomas or certificates received from educational institution(s) that you attended. Include certificates received from journalism training organizations, if appropriate.
  3. An originally signed letter from a person of good standing in your community or profession who can testify to your character, such as a community, religious or business leader, teacher, former or current co-worker.
  4. Originally signed letters from two individuals who supervised you and can comment on your journalism experience and qualifications.
  5. Endorsement of the Fellowship application from the editor or director of the news organization that presently employs you. This endorsement must be originally signed and should:
    a. Grants you a leave of absence from your current duties in the event you are awarded a Fellowship. b. States 1) plans for using the material prepared by you during the Fellowship, and 2) the arrangements made to file your reports while you are at the United Nations and in New York.c. Sets forth the plans for you upon completion of the Fellowship and your return from New York.d. NOTE: Applicants and/or their employers are required to provide equipment necessary for the applicants to efficiently and effectively report from the United Nations. Such equipment should include a laptop or notebook computer, digital camera (if appropriate), audio/visual recording and transmitting equipment (if appropriate).
  6. Summary statement. On a separate sheet of paper, explain in not less than 300 words why you are applying for this Fellowship and what you expect to gain from the experience.
  7. Two recent photographs (minimum passport size). Please place these photos in a separate secure envelope and affix them to the front of your application.
  8. If available, include a copy of your passport. If you do not currently have a passport, you are advised to obtain one as soon as possible so that, if selected, you can immediately proceed to obtaining a journalist visa.

NOTE: None of the materials accompanying your application can be returned to you.
An originally completed AND signed application, along with all eight (8) of the above Documentation Requirements, should be sent by postal or courier service (such as DHL, Fedex, Airborne) to: Secretary, Dag Hammarskjöld Scholarship Fund for Journalists, 132 East 43rd Street, No. 457, New York, NY 10017

Please allow sufficient time for your application to arrive by Friday, March 20.
If you have questions, please email info@unjournalismfellowship.org

Moreinfo: http://unjournalismfellowship.org/node/468





CONVOCATORIA PÚBLICA!

25 02 2009

FUNCEJI ANUNCIA POSICIONES DISPONIBLES PARA SU EQUIPO DE TRABAJO.

 

(Santo Domingo – 25 de Febrero de 2009) – La Fundación Comunidad Esperanza & Justicia Internacional, Inc. (FUNCEJI) dejó formalmente abierta la convocatoria que hace para cubrir dos vacantes para aquellos(as) interesados(as) en formar parte de su equipo de trabajo.

 

Durante 2008, la FUNCEJI decidió reestructurar sus áreas de trabajo y determinó que sus actividades se circunscribirían a tres ejes específicos: Educación, Relaciones Internacionales y Derechos Humanos. En este sentido, se abren vacantes para colaboradores que se encarguen de apoyar a los coordinadores de dos de las áreas descritas anteriormente.

 

La FUNCEJI es una Organización de Desarrollo Internacional sin fines de lucro que tiene por objeto elaborar y aplicar estrategias que proporcionen a los jóvenes un trabajo digno y productivo; promover la igualdad entre los géneros y la autonomía de la mujer como medios eficaces de combatir la pobreza y el hambre; promover la democracia y fortalecer el imperio del derecho internacional y el respeto de todos los derechos humanos y las libertades fundamentales internacionalmente reconocidas, crear conciencia y fomentar la esperanza y la justicia a nivel nacional .

 

El proceso queda abierto desde la publicación del presente documento y finalizará el 11 del mes de marzo del presente año. Todos los(as) aspirantes deberán leer con detenimiento los Términos de Referencia (TDR’s) que acompañan esta convocatoria y recordar que la FUNCEJI es una institución sin ánimos de lucro, y que no percibe ninguna contribución/compensación por sus actividades (sino que es sostenida por sus miembros).

 

Luego de asimilar los detalles, requisitos y compensaciones descritas en los TDR’s, el(a) aspirante deberá remitir un ensayo de postulación, en el cual explique detalladamente cada uno de los puntos de los requisitos y que justifique porque debería ser electo(a). Junto a esto deberá remitirse el Currículum Vitae a la dirección electrónica funceji.adm@gmail.com.

 

Sólo se contactará a los(as) candidatos(as) que resulten preseleccionados para concertar una entrevista. Luego del referido encuentro se notificará la decisión. El proceso (desde el momento de remisión de los documentos) durará aproximadamente tres semanas.

 

Las solicitudes sólo se recibirán de manera electrónica y no se aceptará ningún contacto telefónico y/o presencial. Violar ésta norma, derivará en la descalificación automática del(a) candidato(a).

 

Si desea información adicional, puede encontrarla en nuestra página web y en el documento anexo a éste texto.

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 TÉRMINOS DE REFERENCIA PARA VACANTES DE AREAS DE TRABAJO





Human Rights Advocacy & Globalization at Columbia University

25 02 2009

 

The Human Rights Advocates Program (HRAP) is a capacity building program designed to strengthen the skills, knowledge, and networks of proven human rights defenders from the Global South and marginalized communities in the United States.
HRAP’s current focus has emerged in recent years as a response to the negative effects of globalization on those with the least access to decision-making processes. Given their physical and symbolic distance from centers of power, grassroots leaders are typically unable to lobby for equitable outcomes from global policymakers.
The design of HRAP is intended to help level the playing field for those lacking the access and relevant skills or knowledge to lobby effectively for their causes. The Program provides advanced training, support, and networking opportunities to respected human rights leaders. The focus is both on strengthening the skills of the individual Advocates and providing tools for them to build sustainable organizations that advocate for disadvantaged peoples.
Program Focus
Since 2004, HRAP has concentrated its support on individuals and organizations that address issues broadly related to globalization.
The four-month intensive capacity building program based at Columbia University in New York focuses on the following key issue areas:
  • Environmental injustice
  • Labor rights violations
  • Ramifications of resource extraction
  • Public health crises
  • Unsustainable development
  • Intolerance, xenophobia, and social exclusion

Special attention is given to the above issues and their intersection with gender, race, ethnicity, sexual identity, and/or other sources of marginalization.

Strategy
To meet HRAP’s goals, Advocates are expected to participate fully in the offerings provided by HRAP, including:

  • Skills workshops on advocacy planning and strategies, fundraising, press and media, and building sustainable organizations;
  • Columbia University courses on human rights, public health, the environment, development, and labor rights;
  • Meetings and networking opportunities with NGO staff, activists, policymakers, representatives of international institutions, and academics.

Timing and Commitment
The HRAP will begin in the latter half of August and run until mid-December 2009. To be considered, participants must commit to full preparation for and complete engagement in the Program.

About the Center for the Study of Human Rights
Since its establishment at Columbia University in 1978, the Center for the Study of Human Rights (CSHR) has been committed to its core goals of providing human rights education to Columbia students, fostering innovative interdisciplinary academic research, and offering its expertise in international capacity building to human rights leaders and organizations.

CSHR actively works to ensure that local peoples and human rights advocates are included in the political and economic policy decisions that affect their lives.

By convening faculty, students, and human rights leaders from a wide variety of backgrounds, CSHR creates an environment in which research, education, and international outreach contribute to the establishment of a more just and equitable world.

Admissions Information

Selection of Participants
The HRAP focuses on human rights and globalization. The Program is designed for experienced lawyers, journalists, doctors, teachers, social workers, community organizers, and other human rights activists working with NGOs on labor rights, migration, health, social exclusion, environmental justice, and corporate social accountability.

Participants are selected on the basis of their previous work experience in human rights and globalization, commitment to the human rights field, and demonstrated ability to pursue graduate-level studies. Full-time students or government officials will not be considered.
Advocates must originate from and reside in either the Global South or the United States. Fluency in English is required. Preference is given to those who have not previously had such opportunities to travel and study internationally.

Advocates must secure institutional endorsement from their organizations for their participation in the Program and must commit to returning to that organization upon completion of the Program.

Funding
CSHR makes every effort to provide full fellowships to cover program costs as well as travel and housing. A reasonable stipend is also provided to cover basic costs. CSHR staff will work with interested candidates who have been waitlisted for the Program to identify potential funding sources in cases where CSHR does not yet have the resources to provide a full fellowship.

Application
All items must be received by the application deadline. Applications may be sent by fax, email, or post. Applicants should take into consideration the time it takes for international mail to arrive. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. Applicants are strongly encouraged to send materials electronically or by fax to avoid the high costs associated with private, express mail services.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:
Applicants are asked to complete the application in its entirety. Please complete all sections. All requested information should be typed or clearly printed in English.

Upon receipt of a completed application, a confirmation will be sent to the applicant. While every effort will be made to notify applicants of any missing materials, due to the high volume of applications, it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all required materials are received by the deadline.

Application Checklist
Before you submit your application to CSHR, please check the following required materials to be sure your application is complete:

  • Section A: Personal Data
  • Section B: Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Section C: Institutional Statement of Support
  • Section D: Letters of Recommendation

Submitting Application Materials
This form should be sent using the “Submit” button below or the “Submit” button on the last page. Additional information is available at http://hrap.hrcolumbia.org/application or Click here to download application form

Other materials may be sent by email (preferred), fax, or mail to:
hradvocates@columbia.edu; Fax: +1 212.851.1654
Human Rights Advocates Program Center for the Study of Human Rights Columbia University 91 Claremont Ave, 7th Floor Tower New York
, NY 10027 USA , Tel: +1 212.854.3014





International Courses at United Nations University

25 02 2009

 

The UNU International Courses (UNU/IC) are organized annually for a select group of postgraduate students and professionals in various occupations (with a college or university degree) in Japan and abroad who wish to pursue careers in international fields in public-service or private organizations, including the United Nations, multinational corporations and non-governmental organizations, as well as national foreign service organizations. The courses are designed to provide analyses of global issues from both theoretical and empirical perspectives.
United Nations University will organize the tenth regular session of its six-week UNU International Courses at UNU Centre in Tokyo, Japan, from 11 May through 19 June.
Core Course
UN System: Pressing Issues and Sustainable Solutions
Optional Courses
  • Peace and Human Rights
  • Global Change and Sustainability
  • International Development and Cooperation

Core Course: This is compulsory for all students. There shall be one lecture of 120-minute duration (60 minutes of lecture and 60 minutes of Q&A) and two sessions of tutorials of 90-minute duration per session.

Optional Sessions: Students are allowed to choose one or two courses. There will be eighteen 90-minute sessions per course (three sessions per week over the six-week course period). The courses will involve considerable reading and study, but will be scheduled to allow students to have sufficient preparatory and review time for each session.

Fellowships
Participants from developing countries* who take two courses (Core and an Optional Course) and who can demonstrate a need for financial assistance are invited to apply for a limited number of UNU full and partial fellowships.

Downdload documentation

Please direct all inquiries to:
UNU International CoursesThe United Nations University Headquarters5-53-70 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925, JapanTel: +81-(0)3-3499-2811Fax: +81-(0)3-3499-2828
E-mail: Wilma James, james@hq.unu.edu

Moreinfo: http://www.unu.edu/ic/





International Summer School on Human Rights

25 02 2009

 

We are pleased to inform that the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights is organizing the 20th International Summer School on Human Rights. The School will be held in Warsaw-Miedzeszyn, Poland, between 20 and 27 June.

The School is intended for human rights activists, university teachers and representatives of institutions from all levels of public administration dealing with human rights issues from Central, Eastern European and CIS countries. We regret to inform you that our offer is limited only to those who have not yet participated in our Summer or Winter Schools. The program is open to university graduates or final-year university students. Our program combines lectures and workshops on the historical and philosophical background of human rights, domestic and international systems of human rights protection as well as the applicability of rights of primary importance (see programme attached). The lectures will be given by renowned professors, university teachers and experts in the field of human rights and international law. English and Russian are the working languages of our Summer School. The ability to communicate freely in one of the above is required.

Participants (65 people in total) will be chosen by a selection committee on a competitive basis. Out of 65 participants, 30 can attend the School free of charge (organizers will cover accommodation in double rooms and meals during the course).

The other 35 people may participate in the School under the condition that they cover expenses themselves (please see the application form).

Lectures and workshops, translation of classes, educational materials, medical insurance while on the territory of Poland are free of charge to all participants provided that they attend all classes.

Travel costs, visa expenses, accommodation and meals during travel will not be covered.

Participants may try to obtain a grant from the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights for the partial reimbursement of travel costs to Poland, if necessary.

Should you be interested in our offer, please submit an application pack consisting of:
  • a one-page curriculum vitae
  • a letter of reference from your organization/employer
Click here to download programme and Click here to download Application form are in the attachment.

Please send the application pack by e-mail to 20summer@hfhrpol.waw.pl, or by post to:

Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights
11 Zgoda str. 00‑018 Warsaw, POLAND

The closing date for Summer School applications is 21 February. Only complete applications containing all required information will be eligible for admission. Both successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified by 8 May.





International Master in Rural Development scholarship

25 02 2009

Are you a Bachelor/Master interested in Rural Development and Agricultural Economics ?
Interested in a multi-disciplinary and mobile training in Europe, on a EU scholarship ?
Are you seeking a further specialisation through an International Masters Degree ?
Then this is the opportunity for you !

The joint International Master in Rural Development (IMRD), part of the European Erasmus Mundus program, offers the opportunity to study the European vision on rural development in its diversity of approaches and applications.
The objective is to train specialists in integrated rural development, focussed on socio-economic and institutional aspects, not only from the European Union but also from developed, developing and transition countries outside the European Union through a 2 year master program (120 ECTS) jointly organised by seven European leading institutes in agricultural economics and rural development.
The Master program is offered by Ghent University (Belgium), Agrocampus Ouest (France), Humboldt University of Berlin (Germany), the University of Cordoba (Spain), in collaboration with Wageningen University (The Netherlands), the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra (Slovakia) and the University of Pisa (Italy).
The methodology consists of a combination of basic and specialised training in technical, economic and social sciences, a case study of one month, an individual master thesis and a high extent of student and scholar mobility.
Objective
One of the Erasmus Mundus programme’s objectives is to encourage and enable highly qualified graduates and scholars from all over the world to obtain qualifications and/or experience in the European Union. Therefore scholarships are granted to highly qualified third-country scholars (definition see below) to carry out teaching and research assignments and scholarly work in the institutions organising the International MSc in Rural Development.
Erasmus Mundus and IMRD consider as Third country nationals NOT from the 27 EU Member States, the EEA-EFTA states (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway), or the candidate countries for accession to the EU (Croatia, Turkey and FYROM) or people who have NOT resided or carried out their main activities (studies, work, etc.) for more than 12 months over the past five years in any of the above countries.
Selection Criteria for scholars
For the academic year, 3 places for third-country scholars were granted a scholarship within the framework of the IMRD. The duration of the visit of the scholar is maximum 3 months. In order to ensure a geographical balance across third-country scholars but without prejudice to the respect of high academic standards, each selected third-country scholar should come from a different country.
The selection of grantees is a competitive process based on the academic performance and credentials of the candidates, in order to guarantee the selection of high-quality scholars. Only third-country scholars who have outstanding academic and/or professional experience are eligible for a scholarship position within the Erasmus Mundus framework. They will be selected on basis of an existing match between competences offered and needed, within basic and specialised modules on offer in each institute. The scholars should agree on terms of reference stipulated by the international management board.
Grants
The Erasmus Mundus program of the European Commission made grants available to IMRD for an average of three third-country scholars per year, for a maximum period of 3 months. For the moment there is no guarantee yet that grants will be available for the academic year. Scholars can apply. When the confirmation from the Erasmus Mundus program commission at the EU reaches IMRD, the decision will be communicated to the scholars.
Scholarships are paid through the IMRD consortium and after arrival in Europe. The fee for scholars in the last years was 4000 € per month, and an additional one payment of 1.000 € for travel expenses. The grant covers all costs of travel (to and within Europe), subsistence, insurance, etc. No additional financial support is offered by any of the IMRD partners for travel, accommodation, local expenses, transport etc.
Integration in the programme
Each of the four core partner institutes (Ghent University, Belgium; Agrocampus Ouest, France; Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany and Cordoba University, Spain) invites per year at least one non-EU country specialist in rural development. This interaction is considered very relevant to allow for the diffusion of the European model of Rural Development and to open the possibility of increasing interaction among EU and non-EU countries with respect to research, practices and policies of rural development. The language of work will be English.
The scholar will be integrated in the department organising the IMRD programme at the hosting university, but it is encouraged to visit several institutes during the visiting period. Scholars will assist in the following ways:
  • to lecture IMRD and other students in rural development on a specific topic and during a specific time period to be agreed upon, corresponding to the scholar’s field of expertise and availability,
  • to assist in the preparation, development and/or implementation of a practical seminar or case study organised for IMRD and other students in rural development,
  • to conduct a conference or lecture for IMRD students and their teaching staff in any of the seven partner institutes,
  • to explore potential collaboration between the IMRD consortium and the home university of the scholar,
  • possibly to assist in supervising and evaluating dissertations of IMRD students related to the scholar’s field of expertise.

Applications
Scholars can either apply directly to the IMRD consortium or be invited by a member of the international management board. The scholars should agree on the terms of reference stipulated by the managing board (see ‘integration in the program’ above).

An application consisting of a motivational letter (pointing out the potential contribution to research and education in rural development) and an extensive CV (stating publication records, research activities, etc.) should be sent to the IMRD secretariat (see contact details). The letter should also state the period in which the scholar is available.

The Management Board of the IMRD consortium will select the scholars to be invited, using a competitive process on the basis of the academic performance and credentials of the candidates, their potential contribution to research and education within the IMRD framework, potential partnerships with the home university of the scholar, and a geographical beneficial mix.

Contact
IMRD secretariat
imrd@ugent.be
Ghent University
Faculty of Bioscience Engineering
Department of Agricultural Economics
Coupure Links 653
9000 Gent
BELGIUM

Moreinfo: http://www.imrd.ugent.be/index.asp