CfP: "Study of civil society in Eastern African border regions" (Freiburg DE)

Call for proposals for a small pilot study on cross-border civil society cooperation in Eastern Africa

The Robert Bosch Stiftung is one of Europe’s largest foundations associated with a private company. In its charitable work, it addresses social issues at an early stage and develops exemplary solutions. To this purpose, it develops and implements its own projects. Additionally, it supports third-party initiatives that have similar goals.

The Robert Bosch Stiftung is active in the areas of health, science, society, education, and international relations.

The Robert Bosch Stiftung is committed to upholding the values and example of its founder Robert Bosch and continuing his philanthropic work. With more than 50 years’ experience, the Foundation has extensive knowledge, the qualifications for develop-ing solutions, and a comprehensive network of partners, experts, and practitioners.

The Foundation holds about a 92 percent stake in Robert Bosch GmbH and finances its operations from the dividends it receives from this holding. Since it was established in 1964, the Robert Bosch Stiftung has invested more than 1.4 billion euros in charita-ble work.

Specific objectives

  • Choose two border regions between East African countries, choose areas in these regions that are suitable for conducting research on this subject.
  • Carefully prepare the ground for and accompany the field work by establishing good working relations with local leaders and the population in the research area.
  • Identify characteristics of a civil society of proximity.
  • If appropriate: broaden the definition of civil society
  • Identify integer trustworthy personalities, their motivation, identity, activities, net-works and resources and actively involve the communities and local leaders in finding these people
  • Gain a better understanding of the different local, legal, political, economic and cultural contexts that shape civil society in their specific regions on both sides of the border. 12.05.2017
  • Analysis of perceptions of the border as a dividing line (or not) between those on the other side and of what divides people and what connects (“the border” as an empirical and symbolic value in peoples’ lives).
  • Gain a better understanding of resources that create autonomy and those that create dependency. If possible, identify local innovative forms of solutions and of civic engagement in general.
  • Analysis of cross-border connections as well as practicalities needed for cross-border exchange visits.
  • Better understand needs of existing change makers and their networks/organizations especially in regard to autonomy and sustainability, also in relation and collaboration with government and economic actors.
  • Receive recommendations as to the possible implementation of a pilot project.

Deadline for submitting proposals: 31 May 2017

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