The Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) in collaboration with the Centre for African Studies at the University of London is organizing the course on policy-making to challenge social exclusion, inequality and marginalisation in Lusaka, Zambia from September 17-21, 2012. Civil society leaders and others can apply to participate in this course.
The course aims to provide policy makers and development and human rights practitioners with skills to support work with marginalised communities. The specific objective is to create a cohort of policy makers and senior leaders within international, regional and national non-governmental organisations, policy institutes, the private sector and government agencies, who are equipped with a theoretical framework and practical tools to support small and large-scale interventions to address social exclusion.
Prospective participants are expected to meet the following criteria:
- Possess an undergraduate degree;
- At least 5 years work experience in a civil society organisation or public sector;
- Currently employed in an area where public policy advocacy is important;
- Middle management ranking or higher;
- English proficiency (as the course will be delivered in English);
- Be a national from any of the 10 countries in which OSISA is active (Angola, Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia or Zimbabwe).
Sponsorship is available for participants from southern Africa. The organisers will cover most costs, including flights, accommodation and full workshop costs, but successful applicants will be expected to fund their own insurance and their own daily subsistence allowance (US$30 per day) to cover supper and other incidental expenses.