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Call for Applications for the OSISA/SOAS 2013 Marginalisation, Social Exclusion and Inequalities Course
7 August 2013










In 2011, the Arab Revolutions shook the world. They represented the frustration of a new generation of marginalised and socially excluded population – mainly young people. In their aftermath there has been renewed attention and focus on the youth bulge – the result of lower infant mortality and high levels of fertility. In many developing countries, young people represent a large percentage of the population, yet they have little political, economic or social power, little access to opportunities, and are increasingly disaffected. Indeed, some have gone so far as to ask whether the growing number of young people represent a demographic dividend or a ticking time-bomb.

And while global attention has been on young people in the Arab world, as a marginalised group, there is no country in the world in which significant challenges of marginalisation and social exclusion do not affect young people. Indeed, the phenomenon of marginalisation is once again on the agenda of policy-makers.

Some forms of social exclusion such as gender inequality and poverty, have been on the policy landscape for many years. There is significant policy expertise on ensuring that policies are equitable in terms of gender, and there is a rich body of work that evaluated programmes and policies that have sought to promote gender equality and women’s rights. And while there remain serious obstacles to achieving equality between women and men, many of these obstacles are related to implementation, rather than to the lack of policy frameworks for addressing women’s rights.

Yet for many other social groups – indigenous people, lesbian, gay, transgender bisexual and intersex people, ethnic minorities, migrants and refugees, people with disabilities, sex workers, prisoners, and many more - there is disparate and patchy evidence of policy success.

This course provides a policy lens on social exclusion and marginalisation, by laying out a theoretical framework for understanding the process by which certain groups are systematically disadvantaged. Furthermore, the course will look at the ways in which systematic discrimination on the basis of ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation, caste, descent, gender non-confirmation, age, disability, HIV status, migrant status or where they live, shaped certain communities’ social prospects, access to services and ability to mobilise in defence of their rights. Because discrimination occurs in public institutions, such as the legal system or education and health services, as well as social institutions like the household, (DFID, Reducing Poverty by Tackling Social Exclusion: A DFID Policy Paper 2005:3), the course will focus on the ways in which these institutions either challenge or deepen social exclusion.

The course will use a number of innovative mechanisms to facilitate this discussion, in order to equip policy-makers and those who work to influence policy outcomes and social programmes, with the skills to better identify the drivers of social exclusion, and the mechanisms for addressing it. A particular emphasis will be on:

  • A human rights frameworks for protecting the rights of marginalised people and
  • Policies and programmes that seek to address the challenges of marginalised groups in a long-term and systemic manner.

    The course will use case studies from the Southern Africa region, to demonstrate policy successes and failures. Furthermore, the course will use participatory methods to ensure that participants are able to apply the theory of social exclusion in a practical and hands-on manner. The particular focus of the course will be on how social exclusion impacts on access to health, education and legal services.


    The course aims to provide policy makers and development and human rights practitioners with skills to support their work with marginalised communities. The objective is to create a cohort of policy makers and senior leaders within international, regional and national non-governmental organisations, policy institutes and government agencies, who are equipped with a theoretical framework and practical tools to support small and large-scale interventions to address social exclusion marginalisation and inequalities.

    The specific objectives of the project are to:

    • Provide a set of skills to improve the capacity of participants to make better policy choices (whether they are in the state or advocating for change);
    • Create a cohort of activists who are cognizant of a rights-based approach to inequalities, marginalization and exclusion.


    The course will be held in Gaborone, Botswana from the 16 – 27 September 2013. Participants must arrive by the 15th of September, and cannot leave before the course ends on the 27th at 5 pm.


    A Certificate of Attendance will be issued on completion of the course.


    1. Economy travel to and from Johannesburg. (Participants are expected to cover the cost from Johannesburg – Gaborone- Johannesburg).
    2. Full workshop costs, including all reading material, Bed and Breakfast over the period and teas and lunch on workshop days.
    3. Participants are expected to (either with support from their organisations/selves or by fundraising):
      • Cover travel from Johannesburg – Gaborone- Johannesburg;
      • Cover the costs of airport transfers;
      • Allow for a daily subsistence allowance (DSA) of USD 30.00 per day to cover meals not covered and other incidentals;
      • Take out adequate personal and health insurance as the organisers cannot accept any liability in this regard.
    4. Participants are expected to arrive on Sunday 15 September 2013.


    Prospective participants are expected to meet the following criteria:

    1. Possess an undergraduate degree;
    2. At least 5 years work experience in a civil society, or public sectors;
    3. Currently be employed in an area where public policy advocacy is important;
    4. Middle management ranking or higher;
    5. English proficiency (as the course will be delivered in English);
    6. Be a national from any of the 10 countries in which OSISA is active (Angola, Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia or Zimbabwe).
    7. We are able to accommodate a maximum of 10 self-sponsored participants including those from outside the OSISA region in the course at a cost of US$ 3 000.00 per person, excluding all travel.


    Persons who wish to apply for the course are required to submit the following:

    1. Completed application form;
    2. Updated curriculum vitae covering at least the last five years of employment and education;
    3. A motivation letter of not more than 800 words that answers the following question:
    4. Why are issues of social exclusion and marginalisation important in your work and how will you benefit from the course?
    5. Letter of endorsement from employing organisation to release the participant for the full time (16 – 27 September 2013) and indicating how the employee works on the issues addressed in the course and/or how the organisation plans on working on these issues in the future.
    6. Commitment form completed by employer;
    7. A copy of the applicant’s passport.
    8. Please submit the completed application form, motivation letter, essays and endorsement letter to OSISA at the following addresses:

      Deadline for receipt of applications is 11 August 2013. No late applications will be accepted.

      • Incomplete applications will not be assessed.
      • Please indicate if you have attended any previous OSISA sponsored courses.
      • This training requires that you come to the course with an open mind and be prepared to listen to others opinions without being judgmental irrespective of your personal beliefs.
      • The course is held under Chatham House Rules so that participants are free to talk openly and learn from different experiences in a safe space.

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