Management of Social Transformations (MOST)

MOST Schools are capacity-building activities focused on strengthening the competences for evidence-informed decision making in Member States. 

Conceived on the basis of bottom-up demands arising from specific needs in concrete contexts, MOST Schools will prioritize interventions aimed at developing the capacity of researchers and decision makers to transfer knowledge into action, mainly in low- and middle-income countries. Their primary goal is to support long-term sustainable development in contexts where capacity gaps may be a major constraint to transforming research into action.

Most schools provide an effective response to social transformation challenges which is a longstanding need that requires commitment from the international community to develop comprehensive socially inclusive and evidence-based public policies. A key role in this respect is provided by the Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme and its Intergovernmental Council (IGC MOST) with social inclusion as one of its central priorities. The MOST mechanisms are geared towards stimulating policy-oriented research and streamlining a coherent and structured research-policy dialogue among a vast array of actors and stakeholders at national and international levels.


Under this theme SHS ROSA:

  • Supports inter-disciplinary research, in particular Sustainability Science;
  • Supports evidence-based policies on the inclusion of migrants in Southern Africa; and
  • Develops the Southern African Arm of UNESCO LAB on Inclusive Policies. 



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