MOST School on "Methodology for the elaboration, piloting and evaluation of inclusive social policies"

When, local time: 
Monday, 10 July 2017 - 9:00am to Thursday, 13 July 2017 - 1:00pm
Where: 
Gabon, Libreville
Type of Event: 
Category 7-Seminar and Workshop
Contact: 
Juste Joris Tindy-Poaty, jj.tindy-poaty@unesco.org

The UNESCO Office in Libreville, in partnership with the Ministry for Social Development and the National Center for Scientific and Technological Research, is organizing from 10 to 13 July 2017 a MOST School on "Methodology for the elaboration, Evaluation of inclusive social policies ".

The objective of this school is to contribute to the creation of a critical mass of qualified professionals who can help strengthen the research-policy interface in the national context of the challenge of sustainable social development in 2025. It participates in the implementation of a partnership agreement signed in December 2016 between the National Committee of the Program for the Management of Social Transformations (MOST) of the Gabonese UNESCO and the Ministry of Social and Family Development, Social solidarity and national solidarity.

The purpose of this agreement is to accompany the Ministry of Social Development in (i) defining the tasks and responsibilities of the new Ministry in charge of social and family development; (ii) the audit of the national institutional and legislative framework in force in the Gabonese Republic within the framework of the fight against poverty and social development in general; (iii) development of a national policy for social and family development and indicators for monitoring the implementation of the programs and action plans of the policy; And (iv) capacity building for ministry staff.

CONTEXT AND JUSTIFICATION
UNESCO's Program for the Management of Social Transformations (MOST), established in 1994, aims to support Member States in promoting and developing relevant international comparative research for public policy-making Of the organization in the improvement of decision-making processes through a reinforced interface between research and public policies, using social science knowledge based on needs and human rights and through a culture Decision-making process informed by empirical data. In order to be as close as possible to the concerns of the Member States, the MOST program has always encouraged the creation of national committees.

The Gabon National MOST Committee, the only one to date in the entire Central African subregion, was officially established in two stages, first by the appointment of its President, nominated by Decision No. 00444 / MENESTFPRSCJS / CAB / CNU / SGP of 17 October 2013 appointing the Chairs of National Committees for UNESCO's Scientific Programs; And then by formalizing its composition (see Decision No. 0003 / MENETP / CAB / CNPU / SGP of 26 May 2015 on the composition of the national committees of UNESCO's international scientific and intergovernmental scientific programs).

In a UNESCO-funded workshop on the restitution of the work of the 1st MOST Forum of Ministers for Social Development in Central Africa (24-26 October 2016, Yaoundé-Cameroon), the Committee National MOST of Gabon and the Ministry of Social and Family Development, Social Welfare and National Solidarity have signed a partnership agreement, the purpose of which is to accompany the latter by (i) defining Missions and responsibilities of the new ministry in charge of social and family development; (Ii) the audit of the national institutional and legislative framework in force in the Gabonese Republic within the framework of the fight against poverty and social development in general; (Iii) the development of a national policy for social and family development and indicators for monitoring the implementation of the programs and action plans of the policy; And (iv) capacity building for ministry staff. The organization of this MOST School on the "development methodology, management and evaluation of inclusive social policies" is part of the implementation of the said agreement binding under the auspices of the UNESCO Office Libreville, the MOST National Committee and the Ministry for Social Development.

MAIN OBJECTIVE
Contribute to the creation in Gabon of a critical mass of qualified young professionals (academics, civil servants and members of civil society) who can help to strengthen the public research-policy interface in the context of the " Sustainable social development by 2025.

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES
1) Familiarize participants with evidence-based policy-making concepts to build their capacity for public policy research and build a community of practice;
2) To acquire conceptual and methodological tools for the development and implementation of inclusive social policies based on research;
3) Familiarize social development actors with the methodology for designing indicators in order to facilitate their appropriation and integration into their practices;
4) Identify the studies or field surveys necessary for the design of a national social and family development policy.

EXPECTED RESULTS
1) Participants, familiar with evidence-based policy-making concepts, enhanced their capacity for public policy research and formed a community of practice;
2) Participants acquired conceptual and methodological tools for the development and implementation of inclusive social policies based on research;
3) Social development stakeholders have appropriated the methodology for designing indicators and are willing to use them in their daily professional practice;
4) The guidelines for a draft national policy for social and family development in Gabon are identified;
(5) A list of studies or field surveys necessary for the design of the national social and family development policy shall be drawn up;
6) A critical mass of qualified young professionals (academics, civil servants and members of civil society) helping to strengthen the research-policy interface in the context of the challenge of sustainable social development, Horizon 2025, is constituted.

SCHOOL IMPLEMENTATION STRATEGY AND PLACE OF TRAINING
The training will be hosted by the National Center for Scientific and Technological Research (CENAREST). The training will be based on a participatory pedagogical model over four days (July 10-13, 2017) in which participants individually and collectively Knowledge and design solutions to social issues.

The training will alternate thematic presentations (followed by discussions), practical exercises in plenary, group activities, individual activities and role plays. Each participant will have a working file distributed in advance but also additional documents with case studies, instructions and forms that can be distributed during the sessions. Learning will be supported and guided by experienced facilitators. Some individual or group activities outside the training program may be offered. However, the MOST school also includes an online "pre-training" phase which allows successful candidates to familiarize themselves with the documentary resources of the training and to inform the trainers of their expectations or any other pertinent problems related to With said formation.

Breaks and lunches are designed as networking opportunities and, therefore, are also part of the learning experience provided by the School.