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Some results of our capacity development programmes:
- Contributions to Internet governance: Diplo has contributed significantly to Internet governance (IG) over the last 20 years. As one of the key players in the WSIS process, Diplo has been providing capacity building, training, and research on digital policy issues, and working in groups such as WGIG, IGC, IGF, MAG, and others. Diplo’s Internet Governance Capacity Building (IGCB) programme trained well over 1,500 professionals from 160 countries worldwide. Our contribution through this programme to the global IGF, WSIS, the IGC, and global policy processes assisted individuals and organisations in expanding their outreach in global debates, and also included interactions with other international groups – the UN, ITU, ISOC – and national regulators and governments. Read more about Diplo's contributions to IG.
- Participation: Officials from developing countries now play a greater role in creating IG policy. Several members of the IGF’s Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) are alumni of Diplo’s IG programmes.
- Community: Alumni from our IG programmes work together in a growing number of self-reliant communities and discussion groups (in 2010, there were around 50 groups with 500 active participants).
- Policy change: In 2006, Diplo supported an alumni member in leading community discussion on the ICT Bill for Kenya by providing a platform and facilitation for online discussion, enabling the community to influence the national ICT legislation. In 2010, Roma rights organisations across Europe were working together towards the creation of an EU Roma policy. This co-ordinated push was initiated, in part, by gradudations of our Roma diplomacy programme in 2005/2006. Read more about our Roma diplomacy initiative.
- Influence: In June 2006, Diplo was granted Special Consultative Status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Although not an advocacy group per se, Diplo featured in the World e-Democracy Forum’s list of ‘Top 10 who are changing the world of Internet and Politics’ in 2009. In 2012, Diplo was selected as one of the ‘Top 100 NGOs’ based on our impact, innovation, and sustainability.
- Innovative participation: Diplo assisted alumni members to initiate and run 'remote hubs' for participation at IGF meetings in Hyderabad (2008), Sharm el Sheikh (2009), Vilnius (2010), and Nairobi (2011), allowing many interested individuals and groups who could not travel due to cost or other reasons to contribute actively and influence the outcome of these meetings.
Some examples of the impact of our training courses:
- Diplo is a unique institution with almost global coverage: diplomats and officials from 208 countries and territories have attended our courses since 1996.
- Due to physical remoteness and limited human resources, small island states find Diplo's online training particularly useful. Diplo has become the unofficial 'diplomatic academy of small island states', training diplomats from St Kitts and Nevis, Tonga, Barbados, the Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, and Grenada, among others.
We have a large and far-reaching network of alumni that forms a truly global community: currently 5,108 people from 208 countries.
- Many of our alumni have returned to their countries and made a real difference. Here are some examples – click to read more:
Coming from a small state with limited resources constraints, training of diplomat designates becomes a difficult task. DiploFoundation, in this regard, has provided me with the golden opportunity for which I have been yearning as a Foreign Service Officer to further my education.
~ Momodu Wurie, Sierre Leone
The Master/PGD in Contemporary Diplomacy allowed me to increase my knowledge and skills at a tremendous speed and depth, while remaining in and performing stronger in my job.
~ Angelic Caroline Alihusein-del-Castilho, Suriname
E-learning with DiploFoundation was a great experience. The innovative online sessions and contact with other students really helped me to gain a wide view of the topics discussed.
~ Guy Pollard, UK, working in Switzerland
It's important for a diplomats to keep up to date and in touch with the academic world, but we normally don't have time to attend classes because of our families or/and demanding jobs. I found in DiploFoundation more than a pragmatic solution; I discovered a community of people who have the same interests and commitment ...
~ María Victoria Stöger Rodriguez, Deputy Consul of Argentina in Bonn, Germany
The course has helped me to redefine my role as a diplomat, and to appreciate the emerging challenges and responsibilities of diplomacy today including the role of new actors like NGOs, think-tanks and academics. I have learned to appreciate other stakeholders as partners and not competitors to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the conduct of foreign relations.
~ Michael Bulwaka, Uganda