Latin-American School of Social Sciences The Latin-American School of Social Sciences - FLACSO - is an academic, regional and autonomous international institution created in 1957 by the governments of Latin America and the Caribbean with the support of UNESCO. Mission • Our mission is to contribute, with an emphasis on the importance of respecting human rights, in the development of Latin American and Caribbean countries through promoting conditions of equity, democracy and cooperation between nations. • This mission is fulfilled through the creation and dissemination of knowledge and through educational programs in the field of social sciences that uphold the highest standards of academic excellence. Strategic objectives • Be a reference point in the field of social sciences, based on the production of a high quality knowledge base on Chile and the region as well as it being relevant to our mission. • Impart lectures on a graduate and post graduate level imbued with academic excellence, following FLACSO’s mission guidelines. • Influence public policy making on issues relevant to the institutional mission. Programs • Governance • Government and public affairs • Gender and equity • Social management and public policy • Security and citizenship: • Project: Global Consortium on Security Transformation (GCST) GLOBAL CONSORTIUM ON SECURITY TRANSFORMATION Agust 2009 General objective To become a point of reference where high-level policy makers, practitioners, researchers and representatives from civil society are able to discuss new ways to confront security issues in different regional contexts. Specific goals • Encouraging the inclusion of new voices, from traditionally excluded sectors, within policy discussions and analysis; • Making sure existing initiatives, studies and practical experiences on conflict prevention and security issues become more visible for a wider community; • Providing new perspectives concerning security dilemmas and the expanding concept of security, including a bottom-up strategy involving social actors and citizens' approach and concerns on policy processes and analyses. • Promoting policy dialogues and the exchange of knowledge and experience across regions. • Identifying and responding to new security tendencies. • Promoting and consolidating south-south cooperation. Líneas de Trabajo y Productos 1.- Analysis and research – Working groups development in different regions – Publication of papers and working documents 2.- Training – Small Grants program for young researchers – Fellowship program for new actors from the civil society 3.- Communication, dissemination and publications – Website – E-bulletin – Papers and working documents – Books Strategic partners • ASSN (African Security Sector Network) • ARI (Arab Reform Initiative) • IDS (Institute of Development Studies- University of Sussex) • ISDS (Institute for Strategic and Development Studies – Philippines) • SADSEM (Southern African Defence and Security Management Network) • FLACSO-Chile Executive Secretariat of the Project. Institutional members • Center for Studies in Public Safety (CESC), Chile • VIVA Río, Brazil • Center for Legal and Social Studies (CELS), Argentina • Ideas for Peace Foundation, Colombia • Justice Studies Center of the Americas (CEJA), Chile • Centre for Economic Research and Teaching (CIDE), México. • Institute for Security and Democracy (Insyde), México. • International Centre for the Prevention of Crime (ICPC), Canada. Advances 1. Working groups • Development: • Security Privatization ASSN, Ghana. • Transnational Organized Crime FLACSO Chile- Insyde, México. • Crime Prevention and Community Participation FLACSO Chile. • Regional Security ISDS, Filipinas. • Products: – 1 book - 4 analysis documents - 4 public policy documents. Advances • Elaboration of the working proposals, schedule and budgets. • 100% of the annual budget for each Working Group transferred. • Workshops schedule: • Private Security: September, Ghana. • Regional Security: August, Manila. • Crime Prevention: October, Santiago. • Transnational Organized Crime: August, Mexico City. 2. Dissemination and communication • Website: www.securitytransformation.org • Design and harmonization of contents. • Permanent editing and maintenance (weekly update). • 70-100 weekly visits. • Library content feed. • Contacts base: – Constitution of a database with 3.500 contacts. • E- Bulletin • 1st issue: March, 2009 -> Presentation of the GCST; objectives and fundamentals. • 2nd issue: May, 2009-> SSR strategic projects; The drug problem; The costs of violence. • 3rd issue: August 2009 -> Transnational organized crime; Crime and economic development 3. Training • Small Grants for young researchers • 10 Small Grants per year for young researchers under 35. – 1st open call for tenders March- May 2009 – 31 applications - 4 regions – 10 Small Grants of USD 5,000 awarded to each researcher. – 1st implementation period: June 2009/ July 2010. • Fellowships for members of organizations from the civil society: • 1st call: September 2009. • Implementation: November 2009. • 15-days fellowships in institutions for members of organizations from the civil society. 5. Publications • Books: October - 2010. • Working documents: November 2009, November 2010. • Public policy documents: October 2009, October 2010. Organized Crime Working Group • 1. Analyze the current scenario of organized transnational crime, highlighting similarities and differences. 2. Collect and analyze information on the public agenda and international cooperation that seeks to respond to this phenomenon. 3. Systematize and disseminate new perspectives of analysis (particularly from agents of civil society) for the development of recommendations for new policies and working agendas. The first meeting of the working group on transnational organized crime has 3 goals : • Identify the subjects (objects of organized crime) and relevant geographic areas to address in the articles and designate the experts who will develop the regional articles. • Define the specific issues for certain sub- regions that will be addressed in the first 3 policy reports • Generate recommendations for potential experts for the preparation of policy briefs. Outputs.: • Working Group Meetings: 2009-2010 • Policy reports: 5 • Policy briefs: 6.
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