Call for Applications Country Analysis Papers on: Social & ecological transformation in Morocco and various countries in Africa

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Call for Applications

Country Analysis Papers on:

Social & ecological transformation in Morocco and various countries in Africa

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: an independent international human rights research and policy center or individual researchers with extensive experience on the African continent in the thematic field of transformation processes and social and ecological changes due to climate change.

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 other countries in Africa. As climate change transgresses boarders, this dialogue should ideally be regional, continental and global. 

Objectives of the papers are:

  • To Provide a scientific analysis of the situation of social and ecological change in each of the 6  countries (Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia)
  • To contribute to an understanding of the various perspectives, perceptions and insights of issues related to the social and ecological transition processes in each of the 6 countries (Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia)

 

Key questions and points to be addressed in the papers (can be extended and developed in the offer):

  • Provide a definition of social and ecological change that is relevant in the respective country context
  • What are the climate-induced main ecological challenges in the country?
  • What social implications do they have?
  • What related regulations/policy frameworks/laws are in place, hindering or favoring a just social and ecological transformation that is in the interest of the citizen?
  • What is the narrative in the societal debate on this topic?
  • Which actors make their voice heard on this topic?
  • Are human rights aspects taken into consideration in this debate?
  • Ecological change also means structural change: Is the linked structural transformation process being addressed and if yes, how?
  • Does the public debate find an adequate expression in actions by policy makers?

 

Methodology:

The paper is primarily intended for an audience interested in the region of North Africa and in the African continent, but is not necessarily familiar with the political, economic and ecological context of the region and the 6 aforementioned countries.

Hbs intends to use the country papers for capacity development and knowledge dissemination, and will distribute them widely via hbs social media instruments. The language of the papers is supposed to be informative, precise and facilitating the understanding of the topic to non-experts.

The paper must follow a scientifically rigorous method. The analysis should be based on literature research, interviews with researchers, activists, political actors and media review. The sources of the information used must be duly cited. In case of plagiarism, the author will be held sole and solely responsible.

Product details:

  • The paper must respect a length of 10 to 15 pages (for the countries Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tunisia);
  • The paper for Morocco must respect a length of 35 to 40 pages;
  • The paper must be submitted in Word format (2007 to 2011);
  • Format / style of the article: Font: Times New Roman, 12; Interlining: 1.5; Justified; 2.5 cm margins (default Word margins);
  • Language of writing: French, English or Arabic. The final version of the text will be translated into English or French or Arabic by the Rabat office of the Foundation;
  • The editorial assignment has a total duration of 5 days;
  • A first version of the paper must be submitted to the Foundation on 25.08.2017;
  • The final version of the paper, including hbs comments, must be submitted to the Foundation on 08.09.2017.

Note: The Heinrich Böll Foundation will recommend to the researcher names of civil society actors who should be interviewed in the process of writing the paper.

It is possible to hand in offers covering only 1 or several countries, it is not obligatory to cover all countries.

An outline of the methodology, including budget and CVs for involved experts should be submitted by email to:

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

Complete application documents should be submitted by 16th July 2017.

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