Engendering Economic Policies in a Globalizing World:

Engendering Economic Policies in a Globalizing World:
A Closer Look at International Financial Institutions

DATE: July 27th (arrival) to August 4th (departure), 2007
LOCATION: Washington, DC; United States of America

The Summer School 2007 of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, the fifth one on “Engendering Economic Policies in a Globalizing World”, will take place from July 27th (arrival) to August 4th, 2007 (departure). It is being organized jointly by the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Berlin and the Heinrich Böll Foundation North America in Washington, DC. The Summer School 2007 will focus on the importance of the International Financial Institutions (IFIs) in the current multilateral system and their role – and the role of national member governments – in shaping the economic policy advice they give to developing countries with often adverse effects on the world’s poor people, a majority of whom are women.

Objectives of the Summer School 2007 on International Financial Institutions

1) Capacity building on the policies and projects of the International Financial Institutions, their importance in the current global governance system, and the effects of their macroeconomic policy advice and mandates from a gender perspective,
2) Understanding of linkages between macroeconomic and microeconomic systems, between international monetary, financial and trade policies as set and overseen by the International Financial Institutions, and national policies and the livelihoods, labor and resource rights of women, using feminist economic concepts,
3) Envisioning a feminist concept of macroeconomic policy which links sustainable economic growth, a country’s right to its own path of development, social equity and gender justice toward an alternative to the neoliberal model of fiscal austerity and export- and foreign investment-led growth and which breaks the dominance of the IFIs in determining the “right” development path for emerging market and developing countries
4) Enhancing global and regional alliances and networking between HBF-partners, feminist economists, experts, like-minded policy makers, and grassroot activists in their struggle to reform the IFIs toward greater democratic accountability, greater social justice and gender awareness.
5) Enhancing the capacity of these alliances and networks, as well as of the individual participants to intervene with and lobby the governments of individual member countries of the IFIs on behalf of more gender-inclusive and pro-poor alternative macroeconomic policies at the national level so as to inform these countries’ contribution in IFI decision making.
6) Bridging the gap between economic theory and political practice with regard to macroeconomics and financial, monetary and trade policies, as well as with respect to incorporating and considering gender justice and gender democracy through an effort at coordinating strategies directed at the global, regional, national and local level.

Program

The program consists mainly of lectures and panel presentations and workshops, organized on a regional or sector basis. Some off-site visits (to the World Bank and the IMF, possibly to the US Department of Treasury with sets American policy-priorities for the IFIs) are planned. Participants will be connected to civil society representatives from the Washington area currently critically engaging the IFIs. The lectures and panel discussions will provide a general introduction to the IFIs and their global role, a short introduction to the basic vision of a gender-aware macroeconomic theory, contrast the vision with the actual outcomes of the macroeconomic neoliberal model the IFIs employ (which negatively and disproportionately affect women in developing countries), and will look for ways how to make the IFIs and their policies more gender-aware and publicly (and legally) gender-accountable through advocacy and campaigning by civil society.

Where useful, and in order to strengthen, supplement and practically apply information learned in the plenary, workshops will be offered. They will serve to exchange information on the effects of IFI policies and projects in respective regions and sectors, will provide space for participants to assess and connect their prior knowledge on IFIs and their impact on their country to other regional experiences and will give them room to network and strategize for possible joint and/or follow-up activities.

The Summer School 2007 will take place during a one-week period from July 27th (arrival) to August 4th (departure) with around 45 participants from different regions of the world.

Participation in the Summer School 2007

Participants are expected to come from different regions of the world, with different political and academic backgrounds, and various work experiences, including from NGOs, universities, or public institutions. Interested participants, women and men, will be selected according to geographic regions, their capacity to act as a multiplier of knowledge in their respective country and region, and some prior knowledge of or at a minimum proved interest in macroeconomic policy issues (specifically trade and financial global issues) and/or sector policies as they relate to the IFIs (e.g. privatization policies, water, energy, infrastructure, health and education policies, and gender dimensions of these policies).

Participants will be expected to each pay a course fee of US$ 150 to offset some of the costs for the organization of the Summer School. The Summer School and its teaching sessions and side visits, the materials for the Summer School, accommodation (in double-bed rooms), as well as food, local transportation and a basic health insurance valid for the stay in the United States will be covered by HBF. Participants are generally expected to pay for their own travel to the United States. However, some fellowships to cover travel expenses and visa fees are available on special requests.

Conference language will be English only. All teaching materials and preparatory documents will likewise be in English only. No translation will be provided.

Applicants – Some Selection Criteria to Be Used

Conceptually, the program will reach out to and hopes to appeal to two different groups of applicants, each fulfilling the following criteria laid out further below:

Group A: Needing capacity-building in incorporating gender-awareness in work on development/poverty reduction as related to macroeconomic policy issues

Group B: Needing capacity-building on the importance of macroeconomics (trade and finance) and international financial institutions for gender and feminist advocacy on development/poverty reduction

CRITERIA

1. some experience in development and poverty reduction issues, either on a grassroot level (project work with affected groups), or through involvement in policy work (advocacy), or teaching or academic work (research, education);
2. some background, at least interest in economics/ political economy with an intellectual openness to macroeconomic policy issues (globalization, trade, investment, finance);
3. openness to the concepts of gender equity and gender democracy and cognizant of the need for gender-awareness and gender-sensitivity in public policy and advocacy work, even if not necessarily incorporated or given priority in prior own work.
4. selected participants should have the capacity and interest to act as a multiplier of acquired knowledge and to pass on information in his/her respective work context, thus helping to shape and/or inform a future debate on gender and macroeconomics, particularly in his/her country or region.

Application

If you fulfill the criteria for participation in this program and feel that you and your organization will profit from capacity-building on these issues, please submit your application, including the filled-out attached application form. Please use the attached application form and send it – together with a detailed CV - by email as soon as possible to summerschool@boell.de. Deadline for the applications is February 28, 2007. Please note that we will only consider complete applications received in due time.

The final decision on participants selected rests with the organizing Heinrich Böll Foundations in Berlin and Washington, DC, but will take into account recommendations and endorsements by the Heinrich Böll Foundation’s regional offices. However, no prior contact to the Heinrich Böll Foundation or its offices worldwide is required in order to apply.

The Summer School Coordinators will decide on the applications by March 31, 2007. All applicants will be informed individually by email of the outcome of the selection process as soon as possible. Successful applicants will be asked to confirm their participation within 14 days after receiving the notification of acceptance for the program; otherwise they will forfeit their place in the program which will then be offered to other applicants on a waiting list..

Contact

Please address your request for further information or any Summer School related inquiries to the following email address ONLY: summerschool@boell.de

The Summer School 2007 is jointly organized by the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Berlin and its office in Washington, DC under the auspices of Liane Schalatek, Associate Director, Heinrich Böll Foundation North America, in Washington, DC.

In Germany:
Heinrich Böll Foundation,
Rosenthaler Str. 40/ 41
10178 Berlin
Germany
Fax: 0049-30-28534-302

In the United States:
Heinrich Böll Foundation North America
1638 R Street, NW, Suite 120
Washington, DC 2009
U.S.A.
Fax: 001-202-462-5230

Application Form

Please send your filled-out application together with a detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) by e-mail to summerschool@boell.de.
Deadline for submission of applications is February 28th, 2007.

NOTE: Only completely filled out application forms accompanied by a CV will be considered. The CV should detail current and previous positions, your educational background, and international travel or work experiences

Address

Name
Affiliation
Postal Address
Postal Code / City
Country
Tel./Fax
Email-Address

NGO/ Description
Institution/Department
University/Department

Fields of Work, Political Action or Research with regard to (and/or)
· Development and Poverty Reduction
· Macroeconomic Policy Issues (Globalization, Trade, Investment, Finance)
· Gender

Experiences and Political Background with regard to Development and Poverty Reduction, Macroeconomic Policy Issues and Gender

Special Interests and Motivation to Attend the Summer School

How do you envision using the knowledge, insights, experiences and contacts gained through the Summer School for your future work?
What Level of Personal Contribution are you and/or your organization able/willing to make?

[ ] I would like to attend, even if I had to pay for my own travel to Washington, DC

[ ] I can only attend the Summer School, if my travel expenses are completely paid for