Be a Part of OSISA’s Marginalisation and Inequality Course: A Policy Lens on Social Exclusion and Marginalisation!

Deadline: 17 January 2016

The Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa is seeking applications for its Marginalisation and Inequality Course that will provide a policy lens on social exclusion and marginalisation, by laying out a theoretical framework for understanding the process by which certain groups are systematically disadvantaged.

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The course will be held from the 7 – 18 March 2016 in Johannesburg. Participants must arrive on the 6 March 2016 and cannot leave before the course ends on the 18th at 17h00 pm.

As discrimination occurs in public institutions, such as the legal system or education and health services, as well as social institutions like the household, the course will focus on the ways in which these institutions either challenge or deepen social exclusion.

The course will use a number of innovative mechanisms to facilitate this discussion, to equip policy-makers and those who work to influence policy outcomes and social programmes, with the skills to better identify the drivers of social exclusion, and the mechanisms for addressing it.  Particular emphasis will be on:

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  • A human rights framework for protecting the rights of marginalised people and
  • Policies and programmes that seek to address the long-term and systemic challenges that marginalised groups face.


  • Provide a set of skills to improve the capacity of participants to make better policy choices (whether they are in the state or advocating for change);
  • Create a cohort of activists who are conversant with the rights-based approach to inequalities, marginalisation and exclusion.

Eligible Countries: Angola, Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia or Zimbabwe.

Eligibility Criteria

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Prospective participants are expected to meet the following criteria:

  • Possess an undergraduate degree;
  • At least five years work experience in a civil society or public sector institution;
  • Currently be employed in an area where public policy advocacy is important;
  • Work at middle management, executive or leadership level;
  • English proficiency (as the course will be delivered in English);
  • Be a national from any of the ten countries mentioned above in which OSISA is active.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must submit their application forms with all necessary documents at the address given on the website.

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For more information, please visit Marginalisation and Inequality Course.