Conclusion of First Research Cycle with Students of University of Economics, Vienna

On January 26th, the BKMC successfully concluded the first research cycle in partnership with the institute for Public Management and Governance at the University of Economics, Vienna (WU). During the winter semester 2020/2021 the BKMC cooperated with a group of six Bachelor students of the Public and Non-Profit Management program to conduct research on the BKMC’s SDG Micro-Projects.

SDG Micro-Projects lie at the heart of the BKMC’s objective to equip young and dedicated individuals with the skills they need to be agents of change for the achievement of the SDGs. So far nearly 100 small-scale activities were implemented under the guidance of the BKMC, contributing to one or more SDGs in 23 different countries. The SDG Micro-Projects are concluded with an SDG Micro-Project report, summarizing the activities, achievements, and impact of the projects and their implementers.

The WU students were tasked to conduct research on impact reporting and develop an optimized prototype of an SDG Micro-Project report form and impact measurement scheme, to be used by the BKMC for all future SDG Micro-Projects.

After four moths of empirical research based on interviews and literature research, the students presented their results to the BKMC and submitted a final report as well as sophisticated prototypes. Their findings will guide the BKMC in our efforts to optimize the process of evaluating and presenting the SDG Micro-Projects as concrete examples of acting as global citizens.

The students, in turn, gained a thorough understanding of the SDGs and were inspired to act for the SDGs themselves. The research project did not only advance them in their studies, but also allowed them to peek behind the scenes of a non-profit organization in an international environment.

We congratulate the students on their insightful research and look forward to a renewed cooperation with the next group of young researchers in the summer semester of 2021. Together with the students we will investigate the impacts of COVID-19 on the digitalization of youth activism and youth organizations and related lessons learned.

BKMC Hosts Final Mentoring Workshop with Mentees for 2020 on the Importance of Network Building for Young Women

Last week, the BKMC, in cooperation with the Muslim Youth of Austria (MJÖ), hosted its third and final mentee workshop for the mentoring project 2020 – Global Citizens at Work.

The workshop featured Mag.iur Anna Steiger, Vice Rector Human Resources and Gender at the Technical University in Vienna and focused on the importance of network building for young women.

Ms. Steiger shared a bit about her own background in law and how she was able to advance her career through a variety of networks, both formal and informal.


She emphasized the importance of joining networks that you feel comfortable with and that networking is not a “one-way street. It has to go both ways and you have to be ready to invest in it.”

While networks can open doors for jobs, she also underlined that one can also get jobs without the help of networks.

Ms. Steiger discussed two types of networks: formal and informal and how both can be important for women. For example, she founded her own formal network “Salon Real” which is a network for women in the property branch. In comparison, an informal network may result from meeting other parents at your children’s kindergarten or be formed from colleagues at your university.

During the Q&A, the mentees had a chance to ask Ms. Steiger some of their more pressing questions. One of the mentees asked her to share her “tips for success” as a woman building a career. She recommended the following:

  • If you don’t get the job, be happy! You probably weren’t the right person for the job. 99% of the time this is true.
  • Timing is important. You need to know it and use it.
  • Your friends and family are important! Don’t forget them.
  • Be able to turn off.

The mentoring program for 2020 will end in November this year. During the final weeks, mentoring pairs will submit their SDG Micro-Project reports and attend a final closing event on November 17th. Stay tuned for updates!