Master in Social Innovation for Sustainable Development

The Turin School of Development Programme of the ITCILO, in collaboration with the University of Turin, is launching the new Master in "Social Innovation for Sustainable Development".

Over the last twenty years, new approaches in the development context emerged, such as human development theories. In particular, the idea of sustainable development as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs - has created a new framework for global development, through the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The SDGs have been signed up through intense and widespread consultation, involving a large number of organizations, including governments at all levels, civil society, businesses and academia. The UN system and policy makers are progressively recognizing the importance of changing social practices to underpin human development [Jeremy Millard, 2014].

In this perspective, social innovation can work across and support all 17 SDGs, helping to create a new mind set, collaborative systems and tools for Sustainable Development, as an essential part of the innovation and knowledge paradigm. Social Innovation is one of the driving approaches for facilitating and stimulating innovative public policies, by actively involving all key actors, with the aim to better contextualize and localize social development in many key areas, such as environment, education and health issues.

The increasing dialogue between the Social Innovation and Sustainable Development communities is helping to design the future policies and principles of societal development at all levels, in support of a socio-ecological transition for sustainable societies. A crucial role for social innovators and entrepreneurs in the implementation of the SDGs is expected in the medium term. Government agencies are encouraged to seek out "the best social innovations" in their programmes, and provide opportunities for entrepreneurs to use their new models to achieve results and scale their services through public-private partnerships.

The International Training Centre of the ILO (ITCILO), in partnership with the University of Turin and in collaboration with international organizations and leading practitioners in the field, offers the new Master to explore the potential contribution from the synergy between Social Innovation and Sustainable Development for innovating public policies and social practices. The Programme is designed as blended learning opportunity that combines policy/theory analysis with applied assignments and research work.

The Master duration is 1 year with only 12 weeks of face-to-face learning activities taking place in Turin, Italy. This makes the programme accessible and affordable for working practitioners and students coming from outside of Italy. Essential requirements for admission are to hold a first university degree (minimum 3 years or 180 ETCS) and to be fluent in English.

Upon successful completion of the programme, participants will be awarded a joint 1st level specialization Master's Diploma from the University of Torino.

The deadline for application is 1st September 2019. A limited number of partial scholarships are available for students from developing countries.

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