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MOST ANNUAL REPORT 2001 - Bridging Research and Policy
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MOST Annual Report 2001





MOST - Management of Social Transformations Programme



The Annual Report 2001 of the Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme offers information on new research directions and policy recommendations, and presents the various activities of MOST concerning multicultural societies and international migrations, urban development, globalization, governance and sustainability.

MOST research and policy networks analyze the relationship between multicultural societies and international migrations, generating knowledge and policy recommendations on social cohesion and citizenship rights of migrant groups in such societies. As regards urban development and governance, emphasis is put on socially and environmentally sustainable cities, as well as the socio-economic revitalization of historic cities in coastal areas. The research work on globalization explores policies and institutional mechanisms that would render global governance more transparent and participatory, so that globalization benefits all countries and social groups, through a better equilibrium between the often contradictory pursuits of economic efficiency and redistributive justice.

The added value of MOST consists of combining, within each of its networks and projects, the twin goals of fostering long-term, autonomously defined research, with providing a knowledge base for policy-making. A related feature of MOST is to promote truly international, multilateral research between social science communities from the North and the South, in which conceptualization and design are formulated between all partners, on an equal footing. In this context, scientific and institutional capacity building is a major priority for the MOST Programme. A central issue for MOST is whether the activities have impact and influence in terms of knowledge production and policy-making. This is difficult to measure quantitatively and even more so qualitatively. Some impact, in terms of infrastructure and institution-building, developing methodological capacities, as well as the participation of MOST networks in policy-formulation and policy-evaluation can be shown, as we have tried to do in this Report.

MOST has grown rapidly, to become one of UNESCO’s five major scientific programmes. The four others are on ecology, geology, hydrology and oceanography. All of them maintain close links to converge on sustainable development research and policies. We also actively participate in UN-wide interagency co-operation on social policy and development questions.

MOST works with multiple partners at national, regional and international levels. These include major universities, ministries of research and national social science research councils, regional social science organizations such as the ISSC, as well as CODESRIA in Africa, CLACSO and FLACSO in Latin America, AASSREC in Asia, and UN bodies such as the UNDP, UNDCP and UNU.

In 2002, MOST is undergoing an external evaluation, to assess its achievements during the period 1994-2001 period, and to reflect on future activities.

In a world increasingly characterized by transnationalisation, complexity and uncertainty, social sciences are more than ever necessary to identify, understand and, cope with current social transformations and future challenges. In its second phase, spanning over 2002-2009, we are confident that MOST will continue to be a useful framework of cooperation for social science and policy communities, world-wide.

Executive Secretary, MOST

Each chapter of the report is available in PDF format.


    Introduction: Social science, social policy, and social transformations


    Multicultural and multi-ethnic societies
    The Asia-Pacific Migration Research Network (APMRN)
    Monitoring of Ethnicity, Conflicts and Cohesion
    Latvia's National Integration Programme (NIP)
    Indigenous Knowledge
    Ethno-Net Africa (ENA)
    The E-Journal on Multicultural Societies

    Urban Issues
    International Project on City Words
    Growing Up in Cities Project (GUIC)
    Cities, the Environment and Social Relations between Men and Women
    Urban Research Networks and Action-Research
    Cities: Management of Social Transformations and the Environment

    Globalization and governance
    Research Project on the International Drug Problem
    World Social Forum, Porto Alegre, Brazil (25-30 January 2001)
    Circumpolar Coping Processes Project (CCPP)
    Strategies for Management of Transformation Risks


    Clearing House
    UNESCO Chairs
    MOST/ISSC Summer School
    PhD Award
    City Professionals
    Capacity-building for City Professionals with Urban NGOs
    Cooperation with the United Nations System and Follow-up of International Conferences


    Factors that Improve the Use of Research in Social Policy Case Studies
    Examples of the impact of MOST Research on policy-making


    The Intergovernmental Council (IGC)
    The Scientific Steering Committee (SSC)
    National Liaison Committees (NLC)
    Other Partners


    Publications and documents
    MOST in figures


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