Directorate of Social and Human Sciences

Presentation

The Directorate of Social and Human Sciences was established by virtue of a resolution of the 12th General Conference of ISESCO, held in Baku, Azerbaijan, in November 2015.
It brings together scientific disciplines having in common the study of Women and Men and Societies in which they live.
In the context of a globalized world marked by a growing trend of individualism, the DSHS seeks to understand and produce accurate and sound knowledge on social life, its contemporary transformations and distinctive features; as well as on social relations and structures conducive to a better world.
The Directorate’s priorities will be to understand contemporary Muslim societies and their major issues, namely economic, food and health security; human, civil, economic and social rights; dignity and socioeconomic inclusion, while offering benchmarks, sense and guidelines.

Division of Social Sciences
  • It is in charge of the following:
  • Develop and upgrade research capacities in the field of social sciences;
  • Train human resources in the field of social development;
  • Address the current social issues in the Islamic world (fighting poverty, finding job opportunities, raising awareness on health and environment, human rights, racial discrimination, ethics);
  • Study the impact of globalization on Muslim society in the ethical, economic and social fields;
  • Analyze the ethics of scientific and technological knowledge and their underlying dimensions;
  • Raise public awareness of the problems resulting from globalization and technological progress in the fields of health and education, and the ways to address them;
  • Develop ways to provide energy sources in villages and distant areas for sustainable development;
  • Examine ways to improve living standards and social inclusion of the underprivileged and special need categories, in order to preserve the Islamic identity of society.
Division of Human Sciences
  • It is in charge of the following:
  • Establish contact with states, organizations and partners involved in providing relief, aid and support to countries affected by catastrophes and emergency situations, and consult with them on effort coordination and joint cooperation;
  • Coordinate and follow up on the implementation of ISESCO programmes geared to Member States, through combining efforts with donors to provide support, healthcare and education to refugees and displaced from Member States affected by catastrophes and emergency situations;
  • Propose tools to provide necessary support to aid and relief programmes, and develop the necessary mechanisms to deliver these aids to affected areas in coordination with the relevant parties in the Member States, most notably the National Commissions;
  • Foster cooperation with the international humanitarian community and international organizations to reduce the suffering of needy and displaced people in calamity-stricken Member States;
  • Prepare Director General’s reports to the Executive Council and General Conference on the activities of the Division.
Division of Women, Child and Youlth Affairs
  • It is in charge of the following:
  • Increase awareness about women, youth and child issues in the Islamic world from an Islamic perspective;
  • Promote the situation of women and the youth in Muslim communities and foster their role in the process of sustainable development;
  • Step up and develop cooperation among civil society institutions catering for women, children and the youth across the Muslim world;
  • Develop plans and strategies to highlight the status of these categories within Muslim communities and engage them in the process of development.
Division of Research Studies
  • It is in charge of the following:
  • Shore up research and studies within social and human institutions in the Member States;
  • Provide support to NGOs for the promotion of research and studies;
  • Promote coordination and synergy between research institutions in areas relating to social and human capital, women, the youth, children and special need categories;
  • Build up research capacities through developing training programmes, conducting workshops and discussion panels on social and human issues;
  • Stimulate statistical studies and research in troubled and poor areas in the Member States, with the aim to prepare projects and programmes to provide insight into the situation of these areas and garner support.

 

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