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Applying Design Thinking to Advancing SDGs in South Asia (K2A)

South Asia’s economic dynamism has triggered fast and deep social and ecological transformations alongside uneven development across the region. This has often occurred at the cost of environmental degradation, significantly affecting those at the margins of society. The UN Agenda 2030SDGs represent a globally negotiated agenda to address these (global) challenges including those related to poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice. The Knowledge 2Action Online Academy aims to understand what sustainable development means and how to contribute to its advancement in the landscape across South Asia, especially in the post pandemic context.

Join us for a three-week online academy aiming to contribute to a better understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and for the better translation of this knowledge into action. Using key concepts from design thinking in combination with peer to peer learning (across contexts and disciplines) we will enable converting cutting edge-knowledge pertaining to SDGs into action. The program will involve essential voices from South Asia, of academicians, decision makers, civil society, and importantly, from the grassroot level as well as excellent communicators coming in as skill trainers.

The program is offered by the Clusters of Cooperation in the Global South (CLOC) and is sponsored by Swiss Universities Development and Cooperation Network (SUDAC).

Learn key skills

- Design thinking skills to find innovative solutions
- Appreciate voices from the field regarding local issues
- How to build a foundation from which to design inter-disciplinary actions to promote SDGs
- Understand, analyse and identify interconnected challenges overlapping in local and global dynamics in South Asia and Switzerland

We encourage Master students, early career researchers (PhD & Post-docs) and junior professionals to apply. This course is open to individuals from all subject areas. Participants from Switzerland and other South Asian countries like Bhutan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Maldives, and Myanmar are eligible to apply.

The program has no tuition fees and is scholarship based for selected participants.

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Applications must include the complete application form,  a curriculum vitae, a letter of motivation and a reference letter from the direct supervisor/professor /whom the applicant reports at university/work recommending the candidate. 

Apply before 10 December, 2021. For enquiries please contact: [email protected]