are in the MOST Phase I website (1994-2003).
The MOST Phase II website is available at: www.unesco.org/shs/most.
LATIN AMERICAN AND THE CARIBBEAN
“NGOs, Governance and Development in Latin America”
Montevideo, Uruguay, 28-30 November 2001
UNESCO MOST Programme
UNESCO-Uruguay MOST National Liaison Committee
Declared of Ministerial Interest by the Ministry of Education of Uruguay
Declared of Municipal Interest by the Municipality of Montevideo
Please also read the recently published MOST Discussion Paper No. 53 "ONGs, Gobernancia y Desarrollo en América Latina y el Caribe".
UNESCO-Uruguay MOST National Liaison Committee, jointly with UNESCO-Paris MOST Programme, is organizing the Regional Seminar NGOs, Governance and Development in Latin America, to be held in Montevideo (Uruguay), from 28 to 30 November 2001.
Thematic justification of the Seminar lies on the growing importance UNESCO and MOST Programme are drawing to new government management modalities of societies and to the role of NGOs within such processes. Furthermore, common goals will be shared by UNESCO-Uruguay MOST National Liaison Committee and UNESCO National Commission to Uruguay (official body sponsoring this initiative).
This regional Seminar, will cover Latin America and the Caribbean. Its immediate precedent is the Seminar NGOs and Governance in the Arab Countries (Cairo, Egypt, 29-31 March 2000), also organized in the framework of MOST Programme. As a result of said Seminar, the Research Network-Action on Democratic Governance in Arab Countries (Morocco, Tunisia, Yemen, Egypt, Lebanon) was created. Furthermore, in January 2001, the International Seminar World Democracy and Governance in the XXI Century, was held in Porto Alegre, during the World Social Forum.
NGOs play a major role within this framework. According to Sources Magazine (issue 124 of June 2000), a UNESCO monthly publication: "Formerly left aside, NGOs have turned into an actual force to be seriously taken into account and, vis-à-vis UNESCO, into indispensable partners in the achievement of its goals".
The Regional Seminar will gather remarkable Experts, Researchers and Organization Representatives of the region, as well as special guesses, from Europe and Africa, who, specialised in this subject in other regions of the world, will present their useful experiences.
Throughout multiple instances for experience exchange and analysis, wider participation of the different countries of the continent will be sought. Working modalities foreseen include Conferences, Expert Panels, and Thematic Workshops for discussion.Objectives
The Seminar proposes to generate a forum for debate and reflection on NGOs and their links to Governance and Development in Latin America. Different approaches will be put forward on the problem of improving articulation of actors involved, and possible alternatives to it.
Despite the academic nature of the Seminar, participation of actors directly involved in social practice and action will be a substantive component. In this sense, the Seminar will also be seen as a forum for dialog between academic and other actors involved in the Governance and Development processes of the region. The participation of Co-operation Organizations and United Nations Agencies will provide particular elements to the fostering of Development platforms within the Globalisation and Governance arena.
A Basic Document especially elaborated by UNESCO-Uruguay MOST National Liaison will provide the event with a conceptual framework.
Publication of the lectures and outcomes of the Seminar is foreseen. Prior to the event, MOST Programme will edit a "MOST Document for Debate" on the work elaborated by UNESCO-Uruguay MOST National Liaison Committee as the Basic Document to the Seminar. This document will be available for consultation in the MOST Programme (www.unesco.org/most ) and the Seminar (http://www.unesco.org.uy/most/seminario/ongs-gobernancia ) websites.
Researchers, planners, government advisors and high officers, NGO project managers, NGO actors as well as international organization officers and consultants are invited to submit their proposals in order to take part in the Seminar Workshops. Proposals are to be submitted in abstract format, videotapes or through any other innovative clear modality.
Contributions are expected within the following categories:
a) Analytic-descriptive field work experiences by NGOs in Latin America and the Caribbean that present and discuss political strategies used in their link to civil society, on the one side, and to community leaders and governments, municipal, state or private institutions, on the other side. Priority will be given to innovative experiences presenting creative articulating modalities with decision making instances, having evaluated outcomes in relation to an improvement in governance.
b) Works that, from the Social Sciences approach, develop theoretical elements and interpretative frameworks of average scope that suggest intervention models to NGOs aiming at advancing economic, cultural, social and political democratisation in Latin America and the Caribbean, and improving the efficiency and transparency of governances.
c) Works which, issued from the environment of Public Actors, Managers or Officers responsible for Programme or Project direction and management, present innovative experiences, relevant to social transformation and participation.
Contributions to be submitted are expected to specially take the following components into account:
Relationship between the NGOs and the different actors (the State, Development Banks, the UN, the private sector, local associations, unions, etc.). On this particular subject, the Basic Document (J. Balbis, CLAEH, CNE, MOST Uruguay) calls for reflection on "what specific contribution can NGOs make to the development and democratisation of societies in Latin America and the Caribbean. This, necessarily supposes to bare in mind a wide range of still-unanswered questions on these organizations, such as for instance: how do these organizations process the revision of their objectives and modalities of action?; Which priorities define their agendas and expected results in relation to their context of action? Which structural adjustments and innovations have been undertaken to improve their financial viability and institutional strength? How have they redefined their links to other social sectors and development actors: the State, the private sector, international co-operation and multilateral funding organizations? Which new consensus and articulations are arising among them, and/or with Northern peers, in order to increase the operative capacity and scope of their activities?" (BD, pag. 3).
à MOST and UNESCO priority subjects for the region: Education, Human Rights, Democracy, Poverty Eradication, strengthening of endogenous capacity.
à An essentially Latin American and Caribbean perspective
NGOs and Development in LAC - Room A
NGOs, Democratisation and Human Rights in LAC - Room B
NGOs: Transformations and Diversity. New modalities, new missions, new challenges. – Room C
q Summaries must not exceed 500 words (approximately one page). They must include: title, name of the author/s, institution of origin, address, telephone number, electronic mail, Web page (if suitable), summary proposal to be presented, technological support required (if suitable).
q Document format must be as follows: Times New Roman font, size 12; line spacing 1,5; page size A4
q To be sent by electronic mail to email@example.com indicating the name of the author in the subject, not later than 15 de September 2001.
q Languages to be used are: Spanish or Portuguese (preferably) and, alternatively, English or French.
q Proposals are to be submitted in abstract format, videotapes or through any other innovative clear modality.
Proposals will be evaluated by the Selection Committee of the Seminar, on the basis of the following criteria:
Except for cases within the Young Researchers category, acceptance of Proposals does not imply funding to their authors.
The Selection Committee will be formed by academicians appointed by UNESCO-Uruguay
MOST National Liaison Committee, in accordance with UNESCO MOST Programme
Secretariat. Its members: Mrs Teresa Porzecanski (Universidad de la República,
Uruguay), Mrs Ana Laura Rivoir (Universidad Católica del Uruguay), Mr
Jorge Papadópolus (Universidad ORT-Uruguay), Mr Jorge Balbis (CLAEH).
Results of the evaluation of proposals will be informed by the Seminar's Executive Secretariat on the 1st October 2001.
Category: Young Researchers.
The Seminar will draw special attention to contributions by applicant Young Researchers whose proposals are to be included in the Workshop Programme. A special budgetary allotment will be allocated to cover transportation and hotel expenses of authors of leading proposals in this category (up to ten within the limits of the allocated budget), according the Selection Committee.
q To be younger than 35 years old the date of proposal presentation.
q To be a citizen of a developing country, member to the United Nations (see list in annex)
q To be M.Sc. or Ph.D., with Final Thesis started the date of proposal presentation.
q Enclose common data to the rest of applicants, i.e. the following documents:
q Proposals to be presented must be consistent with the subject of the ongoing Thesis.
q Summary proposals and, subsequently, the final lecture must include the following elements:
q Proposals within this category will be evaluated according to general selection criteria, to which the following ones should be added:
UNESCO-Uruguay MOST National Liaison Committee
Additional information will be provided by the Executive Secretariat to the UNESCO Regional Seminar "NGOs, Governance and Development in Latin America".
UNESCO-Uruguay MOST National Liaison Committee Secretariat: