March 6, 2014, Belgrade - We have just launched our most recent initiative, Hands on the Balkans (HoB). Hands on the Balkans is a blend of skill building and field experience seminars set to take place this coming summer in Belgrade, Serbia. The seminars are geared to provide emerging professionals, as well as students and graduates of political science, with on-site educational experience in international development in the Balkans and hone their skills as policymakers, practitioners of international development, civil servants, and civil society activists.
We are implementing these seminars because we deem it essential that emerging professionals and practitioners of social sciences have actual field-based experience to compliment their academic education. Over the course of our 15-year existence, we have often come across policymakers, practitioners of international development, civil servants, and civil society activists who lack critical knowledge and are unfamiliar with the politics of the regions and communities they are operating in. In order to understand the realpolitik of transition and development, practitioners working in the region and beyond require a reliable means of contact with relevant actors on the field. Direct access and contact with local organizations, NGOs, politicians, and journalists in tune with a supplementary program curriculum would be valuable in equipping practitioners of the region with the tools to solve major policy issues, as well as with helping them gain a heightened awareness of the organization, personnel, and services of government as they relate to development.
We have secured funding for a limited number of participants. To read more about the seminars, nominate or apply, visit the HoB web and Facebook pages.