UNDP organized Summer School on Human Development

03 Sep 2012

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BAKU – UNDP administered the Second Baku Summer School on Human Development during the week of September 3-7, 2012, in Irshad Hotel. The Summer School was conducted as part of the two-year project on “Strengthening the capacity of educational institutions for teaching and applying the human development concept”.

Mr. Fikret Akcura, UNDP Resident Representative, opened the event with a welcoming speech. In his remarks, Mr. Akcura noted that “while the universities prepare students to become knowledgeable in particular areas of specialization, those students, as citizens, also need to have a model for broader thinking, enabling them to understand the social and political processes they see in the society. The human development concept fits this role very well.

” The Summer School’s lead trainers were Ms. Elena Danilova-Cross, Policy Analyst on Social Inclusion and Human Development from UNDP Regional Centre in Bratislava, and Ms. Laylo Tashpulatova, Lecturer from the University of World Economy and Diplomacy in Uzbekistan, both with over five years of experience in teaching and advocating the Human Development concept.

The participants were faculty members and lecturers, as well as researchers, experts and staff from government offices, public and private universities and think-tanks. During the vigorous 5-day workshop, they were engaged in active learning about human development principles, measurement methodology, and its linkages across different cross-cutting dimensions, such as environment, poverty, gender, social policies, governance, health, education, and economic growth. The participants also discussed the relevance and applicability of human development approaches in Azerbaijan and elaborated on how they would utilize the workshop materials in their subsequent teaching and research activities.

UNDP and the Academy of Public Administration under the President of Azerbaijan Republic partnered in 2011 to implement jointly the project on “Strengthening the capacity of educational institutions for teaching and applying the human development concept”. The project’s main goal is to promote the concept and principles of sustainable human development in the society, including the leading academic institutions, research centres, mass media and policy-makers of Azerbaijan. While the project focuses on teaching of human development approaches, it also aims at integrating a strong Azerbaijani concept of human development.