Summer School on New Development Cooperation: Breaking the Chains of Poverty, Prague



Summer School on New Development Cooperation:

Breaking the Chains of Poverty

6 July – 13 July 2013


The increasing globalization of economic relations, technology transfer, social and cultural interactions is currently viewed as an unstoppable force.  Although global economic growth has lifted the standards of life in many countries, it has failed to reduce poverty in the least developed parts of the world.  For example, over the last 30 years, GNI for the Africa’s Sub- Saharan region has more than double, but the poverty rate remains constant at about 50% of population.

According to the report of Sasakawa Peace Foundation, 35% of the world’s poor live in the countries participating in global economy, but are not able to make their way to a better life.  These are the people, which with the help of domestic policies and international support could find the solutions to their situation. The question here is how to address the complex issue of development cooperation, so that even failures would lead to constructive and working solutions. How can we learn to try and fail, and fail better?

The Summer School aims at posing some  important questions for the new development cooperation, challenge the established order and seek for innovative solutions.

 Come to a beautiful city of Prague to:

Contribute to the discussions on new tasks for the global developmental cooperation with prominent academics and   leading professionals

Become a part of a team creating innovative solutions for the development of local communities in need

Challenge the existing truths with your own knowledge and experience and be challenged by others

Meet fellow students – future pioneers of inclusive, socially and environmentally sustainable globalization

Support with 10% of your program fee the self-sustaining kindergarten in Kibera slum, Nairobi, Kenya

You will have an opportunity to discuss the reality of international development cooperation with Daniel Ogola, born and educated in Kenya, the founder of the Matibabu Foudation. The CNN reporters presented Daniel Ogola as an agent of change seeing the opportunities instead of the obstacles and making difference in physical and economic health of their community.

How to Apply

You will be asked to paste the following documents into the spaces specified in the On-line Application:


  • Your recent resume or curriculum vitae.
  • A statement-of-purpose not to exceed 500 words stating your reasons for applying to the Institute, and what you would like to gain by attending.

The language of the Institute is English. Therefore, non-native speakers of English should provide a proof of English proficiency. It might be one of the following: the IELTS/TOEFL score, letter from an English professor or official certificate of completed English courses.

You can also e-mail, snail mail or fax your application. Here is the contact information.

Summer School on New Development Cooperation: Breaking the Chains of Poverty
Center for Public Policy
Vyjezdova 510
190 11 Prague 9
Czech Republic
Fax: +420.281.930.584
E-mail: [email protected]


Application Procedure

  • Although there are application deadlines, students are accepted on on-going basis. In order to allow time to carefully review all student application materials, an e-mail notifying the application status to the Summer School on Sustainable Development Cooperation 2013 will be sent to applicants approximately 14 days after the application is received.
  • Applications received by the early bird application deadline of April 30, 2013 will receive preference in admission decisions. Note: the final application deadline is May 15, 2013. Late applications may be considered. However, late applicants run the risk of finding the program full.
    All students will be informed about admissions decisions by June 1, 2013.
  • Participants will be selected according to the following three criteria:

1. Educational Background (Year, Grade Point Average and Area of Study)

2. Statement of Purpose

3. Level of English (if applicable)


  • Approximately 30 students will be admitted to every program of the Summer School. We intend to restrict the class size to ensure interactive courses and discussions. We aim to create a truly international student body.
  • Students must be currently enrolled in a college or university. The Summer School admits both undergraduate and graduate level students.
  • Priority will be given to students with at least some academic background in Criminology, Pscyhology, Sociology, or Legal studies. Nevertheless, students of other academic backgrounds, but with strongly demonstrated interest in the Summer School topic, will be considered on an equal basis.
  • Students admitted to the Summer School on Sustainable Development Cooperation 2013 are expected to participate fully in the program by attending all classes, lectures and social events.


Program Costs

The program fee for early-bird applications: 680 EUR

 The program fee for students who submit their applications after April 30, 2013 : 750 EUR

This fee will cover: Tuition including complete course reading materials, student’s handbook, maps, accommodation and two meals per day (breakfast and dinner), fieldtrips, and cultural and special events. Students are responsible for their own travel costs, lunches and other personal expenses. You can find more information about eating out in Prague in the Accommodation/Meals section of our web site. The individual deadlines for the receipt of payment will be stated in the official letter of acceptance. 

Payment plans can be arranged. The final deadline for receiving payments is June 10, 2013.


In order to guarantee their participation in Summer School, students can also turn to their home institutions or local funding authorities. Most universities have scholarship funds to cover short summer courses connected to the student’s fields of study and organized by the authorized educational institutions. It’s also worth trying to apply for a €1000 Student Grant at

We do encourage students to search for outside funding to cover their programs fees and/or travel expenses. Students are encouraged to explore funding opportunities available through their home universities, non-governmental organizations and government sources, such as the Soros Foundation. Local businesses, corporations and employers are often a good source for additional scholarship help. We will be happy to provide accepted students with a letter of support for potential sponsors.

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