Directorate of Human and Social 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:
  • Monitor, on a regular basis, major critical social issues with impact on the development process and the development of new patterns of behavior for individuals and groups in the Member States;
  • Provide expertise for developing Member States’ policies to address critical social issues impeding development such as combating poverty, spread of infectious diseases, unemployment, environment degradation, extremism, violence, respect for human rights, citizenship values, migration and gender;
  • Encourage developing national legislation in such a way as to facilitate means of addressing critical social issues while involving civil society groups;
  • Build capacities of civil society leaders to develop field programmes and projects that can address critical social issues;
  • Provide data and documents that help develop the adequate national policies to address social issues related to development and coexistence, and determine indicators for assessing and measuring their outcomes.
Division of Human Sciences
  • It is in charge of the following:
  • Develop programmes for raising awareness about major social transformations and their psychological and behavioural impacts on individuals and groups;
  • Provide expertise to develop new and innovative mechanisms in the areas of human development and applied human sciences;
  • Encourage launching pioneering field initiatives at the local, national and regional levels in partnership with parallel and formal educational institutions and the various actors in civil society associations to promote dialogue among individuals and groups and ensure social integration and peace for the various sections of the society;
  • Encourage establishment of specialized units to manage social transformations within the competent parties in the Member States and promote cooperation and coordination among them, particularly with regard to management of the moral, legal and societal impact and human repercussions of scientific and technological innovations in order to achieve equitable social development and widespread benefit from their results.
Division of Women, Child and Youlth Affairs
  • It is in charge of the following:
  • Raise 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 through implementing training programmes for upgrading qualifications and managing small income-generating projects, and providing employment opportunities;
  • 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;
  • Invigorate joint Islamic action to promote the social and cultural rights of children, the youth and women.
Division of Research and Studies
  • It is in charge of the following:
  • Conduct field research and studies on major social and human issues with direct impact on development and social peace in the Muslim world, and put forward practical and innovative solutions to address them;
  • Support civil society associations to conduct specialized research and studies on means of achieving social, economic and human development for local communities and in rural remote areas;
  • Promote coordination and synergy between research institutions in areas relating to social and human sciences and issues of women, the youth, children and special need categories;
  • Build up capacities of young researchers to conduct research and studies 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 for social and human development.

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