Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme cooperates with national authorities, scientific communities and civil society to help UNESCO Member States strengthen the connection between research and policy and between knowledge and action. This is key to fostering positive social change towards inclusive and sustainable development. 

MOST has three operational pillars

  1. Research to produce and promote knowledge
  2. Intergovernmental forums that engage Member States
  3. Policy support and capacity building

The MOST programme's strategy has defined three objectives

  • Use social and human science knowledge to support policies and build capacities
  • Transmit knowledge through research-action activities

  • Contribute to national and international policy debates and agendas

Silk Roads
General History of Africa
Sustainability Science
Recommendation on Science and Scientific Researchers
Futures Literacy

Inclusive Policy Lab

The Inclusive Policy Lab works on the emerging issues of knowledge co-production and its translation into inclusive and equity-weighted policies. It aims to support the implementation of the SDGs’ pillar on inclusive development through policy and practice.  

The Lab operates via three tracks combining on-the-ground policy work with online and web-enabled processes:

  • Track 1 − Operationalize Inclusive Policies
  • Track 2 − Crowdsource Knowledge & Expertise
  • Track 3 − Translate Policy, Practice & Advocacy

Prizes for the Promotion of Research in the Social and Human Sciences

UNESCO-UNAM / Jaime Torres Bodet

Prize in social sciences, humanities and arts

UNESCO/Juan Bosch

Prize for the Promotion of Social Science Research in Latin America and the Caribbean

Facilitating intergovernmental debate

Intergovernmental Council

As an intergovernmental programme, MOST has a direct link to its Member States through its Intergovernmental Council (IGC). It meets every two years to define research focus areas, discuss policy and funding issues, and interact with government authorities.

Scientific Advisory Committee

The Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) encompasses 9 internationally recognized experts representing various disciplines in the social sciences. Its specific role is related to programme conceptualization, strategy development and scientific advisory research regarding MOST projects. 

Ministerial Forums

MOST also organizes regular Ministerial Forums to encourage dialogue between research and policy on specific topics of interest. The Forum declarations express political commitments that are followed up by national action and regional exchanges of experiences and skills.

National Committees

Relations between MOST and its stakeholders involve a global network of MOST National Committees, which provide an interface between the programme and relevant research and policy institutions. Their mission is to help contextualize MOST’s analyses in relation to national circumstances and to integrate them into global consultative processes.

MOST schools

MOST Schools are capacity-building activities focused on strengthening the competencies for evidence-informed decision-making in Member States. They help develop the capacity of researchers and decision-makers to translate knowledge into action. Their primary goal is to support long-term sustainable development in contexts where capacity gaps may be a major constraint to translating research into action.



Basic income – on data and policy
High school perceptions of the social sciences in Beirut: a pilot study
UNESCO Office Beirut
Social protection in conflict and conflict-affected Arab countries: key challenges and policy recommendations
Statutes of the Intergovernmental Council and the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme
15 Nov. 2017
Social and human science knowledge for a better world (Brochure)
MOST action plan 2016-2021
31 Jan. 2017
Comprehensive Strategy for the MOST Programme, 2016-2021
3 Feb. 2016