The Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme is the only UNESCO programme that fosters and promotes social science research. This places MOST in a pivotal position in the overall promotion of UNESCO's goals.
The Programme, launched in March 1994, is part of the Social and Human Sciences Sector (SHS) of UNESCO. It was designed as a research programme to produce reliable and relevant knowledge for policy makers. The original mandate established a strong commitment to the promotion of research that was comparative, international, interdisciplinary and policy relevant. The programme was also designed to organize and promote international research networks, to give attention to capacity building and to establish a clearing house of knowledge in the social science field.
Reorientation of the Programme
In recognition of the increasing need to improve policy formulation, MOST has been reoriented, both thematically and in its modalities of operation. This was done in response to the Recommendations [PDF, 82 KB] that were made during the 6th session of the Intergovernmental Council of the MOST Programme (February 2003) and later approved by the 166th session of UNESCO's Executive Board.
Its new focus is on building efficient bridges between research, policy and practice. The programme promotes a culture of evidence-based policy-making – nationally, regionally and internationally.
The MOST Intergovernmental Council is composed of 35 Member States of UNESCO, elected by UNESCO's General Conference.
The Council convenes every two years and establishes the priority areas to be researched, decides on overall policy and funding questions, and handles the relations with governmental authorities.
Western Europe and North America: Canada, Greece, Israel, Norway, Spain, Turkey;
Central/Eastern Europe: Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Slovakia;
Latin America and the Caribbean: Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico;
Asia and the Pacific: China, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Thailand;
Africa: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, South Africa;
Arab States: Algeria, Libya, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates.
Western Europe and North America: Austria, Greece, Israel, Norway, Spain, Turkey;
Central/Eastern Europe: Albania, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia;
Latin America and the Caribbean: Argentina, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago;
Asia and the Pacific: China, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand;
Africa: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Nigeria;
Arab States: Algeria, Lebanon, Libya, United Arab Emirates.
January 16th 2017
February 16th 2017
February 3rd 2017
January 31st 2017
January 27th 2017
12th January 2017
20th December 2016
7th December 2016
7th November 2016
2nd November 2016
March 09, 2016
Deadline - 25 September
18 May 2015 - 20 July 2015