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10620International Workhop Announcement: Mobilize Diaspora 4SD - Mobilization of Intellectual and Financial Resources from Diaspora for Knowledge Based Sustainable Development in SEE, Sarajevo, 12 October 2011

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      International Workshop


      Mobilization of Intellectual and Financial Resources from Diaspora

      for Knowledge Based Sustainable Development in SEE

      12 October 2011, Sarajevo, Parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina

      (Pre-Conference event of the TAIEX conference “Emigration Issues in the
      Western Balkans - joint approach to linking migration and development of the
      countries of origin“ of Ministry for Human Rights and Refugees of Bosnia and
      Herzegovina (Department for Emigration/Diaspora)


      · Austrian Science and Research Liaison Office Ljubljana
      <http://www.aso.zsi.at> www.aso.zsi.at

      · Regional Cooperation Council, Sarajevo

      · UNESCO Venice Office <http://www.unesco.org/venice>

      · Center for e-Governance Development in SEE CeGD Ljubljana
      <http://www.cegd.eu/> www.cegd.eu/

      · Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
      <http://cooperation.epfl.ch/> http://cooperation.epfl.ch/

      · International Association for the Advancement of Innovative
      Approaches to Global Challenges Vienna - Ljubljana <http://www.glocha.info>

      · Ministry for Human Rights and Refugees of BiH - Department for

      Background and Objectives of the Workshop:

      This workshop is a follow-up to the International Workshop “Scientific
      Diaspora and ICT- Using Modern Information and Communication Technologies to
      Harness the Potential of Southeast Europe's Scientific Diaspora” organized
      June 2009 by ASO Ljubljana, RCC, UNESCO Venice Office and CeGD (see
      http://www.aso.zsi.at/bg/veranstaltung/3184.html for agenda, list of
      participants, presentations etc.).

      The rationale of the workshop is based on the fact that

      - highly skilled professionals from the fields of science,
      technology and business have emigrated from Southeast European countries in
      extremely high numbers

      - this “brain drain” is a substantial systemic problem for science,
      education and innovation systems in Southeast Europe and therefore

      - ways have to be found to reconnect highly skilled emigrants with
      sustainable development efforts in their countries of origin

      At the 2009 workshop the focus has been on Brain gain programmes, virtual
      mobility and diaspora knowledge networks, Web 2.0 opportunities for cross
      sectoral and international e-collaboration and Web 2.0 applications in RTD
      governance as a new way / new culture of participatory and interactive
      delivery of public services. There has been strong consensus at 2009
      workshop that involving the human resources of diaspora in economic and
      social development of SEE countries is extremely important and that
      projects, programs and institutions need to be developed to facilitate the
      mobilization of intellectual and financial resources as well as social
      capital of diaspora for sustainable development of their countries of

      At the 2011 follow-up workshop we aim at outlining concrete project
      initiatives on regional level related to diaspora resources and sustainable
      development in SEE

      - explore collaborative ways through which a research consortium
      gathering researchers and other key actors from different EE countries could
      be established. The aim of it would be to identify funding opportunities to
      jointly advance empirical and policy oriented research on skilled mobility,
      diaspora engagement and development impact in the EE region[1].

      - discuss the proposal of forging a multi-stakeholder partnership
      with diaspora on knowledge based sustainable development in Southeast

      - looking at the feasibility of establishing a network of Global
      Challenges (GloCha) centers in SEE countries as new institutional framework
      for organizing such a multi-stakeholder partnership for sustainable
      development that would include diaspora

      - outlining a common information and documentation system for
      documentation and collaborative (web 2.0) assessment of the relevance of the
      different types of contributions (knowledge, volunteerism/time, funding, in
      kind contributions, ..) for sustainable development and

      - discuss the role of public finance instruments (matching funds,
      tax benefits, etc.) that would encourage engagement of foreign/diaspora and
      domestic stakeholders in such collaborative sustainable development efforts.

      - discuss possibilities to involve the private sector in diaspora
      related development efforts in SEE

      The Sarajevo workshop “MobilizeDiaspora4SD - Mobilization of Intellectual
      and Financial Resources from Diaspora for Knowledge Based Sustainable
      Development in SEE” and the plan of establishing a network of GloCha Centers
      in SEE have strong links with the preparatory process for United Nations
      Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Rio de Janeiro in June
      2012 www.uncsd2012.org and shall provide input to UNESCO Science, Technology
      and Innovation Global Assessment Program

      With the initiatives that will be discussed at MobilizeDiaspora4SD workshop
      in Sarajevo, Southeast European countries can develop a role model of an
      innovative and inclusive (diaspora!) multistakeholder partnership for
      sustainable development which can be presented at Rio+20 conference and
      later on replicated in other parts of the world.

      The potentials of GloCha centers as local focal points of a multilevel
      governance multi-stakeholder innovation system towards sustainable
      development have been discussed also at IAAI & ASO Ljubljana international
      conference “Knowledge, Youth and Global Commons - Orienting Knowledge
      Systems and Inter-Generational Relations towards Sustainable Development and
      Rio+20” , 15. & 16. September 2011, Maria Loretto Palace, Klagenfurt am
      Wörthersee (Austria) http://www.glocha.info/iaai/index.php/conference2011
      with very favorable assessments from leading experts in the fields of
      knowledge and management of societal change processes.

      Another test of IAAI/GloCha concepts – with favorable outcome - has been the
      workshop "Rio+20 – A Window of Opportunity for a Multi-Stakeholder
      Partnership on Global Commons Growth" at 64th UN DPI NGO conference
      “Sustainable Societies; Responsive Citizens” Bonn/Germany, Monday, 5
      September, 2011 http://www.glocha.info/index.php/latest-news/149-bonn-2

      For further information (Agenda, Registration Form) see

      Deadline for the registration is 8.10.2011

      We intend to offer also a limited financial assistance (covering hotel costs
      in Sarajevo (2 nights)) for the Scientific Diaspora Experts from South
      Eastern European Countries (SEE). Please send an email with information
      about your institutional background, relevant qualifications and motivations
      for attendance in case you would like to receive support for participation
      in the conference to aso-ljubljana@....


      Austrian Science and Research Liaison Office Ljubljana

      Dunajska 104

      SI-1000 Ljubljana


      E-mail: aso-ljubljana@...


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