Call for Applications: Organization and moderation of a Conference on social & ecological transformation

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Call for Applications

Organization and moderation of a:

 Conference on social & ecological transformation

Who we are:

The Heinrich Böll Foundation Afrique du Nord Rabat (hbs) is part of the Green political movement. Our mandate is civic and political education, and we are working on ecology and sustainability, democracy and human rights. We focus particularly on ‘gender equality’ which guarantees social emancipation and equal rights for all.

We are looking for:

Hbs is looking for assistance for the organization and moderation of a 3-day conference by an independent international human rights research and policy center with extensive experience on the African continent and in the thematic field of transformation processes and socio-ecological changes.

Dates: 7 – 9 November 2017, Rabat or Casablanca

Participants: Civil Society Actors, artists, researcher, politically engaged citizens and representatives of media

Context:

The African continent is affected most by the consequences of climate change: Water shortage, desertification and the change of seasons could put the economic growth and social coherence in Morocco and in Africa in general in danger. Taking these developments into account, it is important to identifying socio-ecological solutions and development alternatives that lead to a sustainable and just economy. Social and ecological transformation processes are difficult to understand, as they are complex and interwoven, implicating many related topics, actors and levels of decision making, as well as impacting on various levels on citizens.

The COP22 has made large parts of the society – especially in Morocco, but as the “COP of Africa” also in other African countries - aware of challenges related to climate change; however, questions on sustainable, just, social and ecological development models are not widely and inclusively discussed in the media and society. Even though the political will for a transition process is discernible, policies are currently rather designed and implemented through a top down approach, without inclusion and gender considerations.

The ambitious Moroccan energy transition with its intended African-wide ramifications takes place mostly without including relevant representatives from the population. So far, there have not been enough possibilities for civil society actors to intervene, discuss and participate in the development and implementation of the new energy policies. This is true also for other related policy fields affected by climate change and the situation is similar in other countries, in which hbs is active in Africa, such as Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia.

Therefore, there is an opportunity to strengthen civil society actors to bring the voices of those who are most affected by the transformation processes into the public debate, and to influence policy discussions concerning the chances and challenges of the social and ecological transition in Morocco and in Africa. As climate change transgresses boarders, this dialogue should ideally be regional, continental and global. 

Objectives of the conference are:

  • A debate among civil society actors, artists, researchers and media representatives from Morocco and Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia is taking place, based on
  1. Projects dealing with social and ecological change, presented by participants and
  2. Scientific analyses of the situation of social and ecological change in the 6  countries
  • Offer a 1 day reflection space to the participants on transformation theory and concepts
  • Addressing the topics with a strong gender inclusive focus
  • Establishing a network of actors interested and engaged in developing viable models for social and ecological change from various sectors of society and the various countries present
  • Establishing a work plan for 2018-2019 with thematic lines, and identifying persons being interested  to continue working on developing a narrative on social and ecological change together

Instruments:

  • A panel discussion at the beginning will introduce the topics via the discussion of 6 country studies, treating the transformation processes from a scientific point of view; the objective is to identify common challenges and approaches in the 6 countries
  • A space for presenting projects dealing with social and ecological transformation (please see corresponding call in Annex)
  • Several thematically focused workshops on social and ecological transformation processes (topics of these workshops will be developed correspondingly to the themes of the projects and papers submitted before) and working groups
  • A reflection space/workshop on transformation
  • A public event (vernissage, etc.)

Draft Agenda of the conference:

Day 1 (7th November)

Morning Session: Panel discussion, presenting the different country analyses and discussing with                 experts

Objective: share scientific background with all participants; make sure that everybody     has a brief overview of the situation in each country

Before lunch Session: Presentation of projects and discussion

Afternoon Session: continue the projects presentation and start to divide in thematic working      groups (social and ecological challenges)

Day 2 (8th November)

Morning Session: continue working groups

Before lunch Session: plenary to share working group results, including recommendations for       work plan/working groups for 2018 - 2019

Afternoon session: start work on transformation

Day 3 (9th November)

Morning and before lunch Session: continue work on transformation

Wrap up Session: recommendations, presenting work plan for 2018-2019, conclusions

Evening: Exhibition of the different projects to the public

 

A work-plan, including an outline of methodology and instruments to be used, budget and CVs for involved experts including a minimum of 3 references should be submitted by email to:

E-Mail: ma-info@ma.boell.org

 Proposals including innovative instruments will be privileged.

Complete application documents should be submitted by 31st of August 2017.

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