Most small and developing states do not participate equally in global policy processes. By starting with the empowerment of individuals, Diplo’s capacity development support has strengthened NGOs, government institutions, and global policy processes themselves.

We believe that good capacity development support

  • goes far beyond training;
  • recognises the complexity of processes which it aims to influence and the need for multiple knowledges (topical, political, societal, traditional, etc.);
  • provides practical and immersion opportunities to help participants bridge the gap between theory and practice; and
  • requires a large component of communication and follow-up to foster the emergence of vibrant and self-sufficient networks.

Therefore, our long-term programmes combine:

  • practice-oriented learning activities adapted to the context;
  • collaborative policy research and immersion;
  • facilitation and support for communities of practice;
  • support for partner and beneficiary initiatives, projects and interventions; and
  • inclusion of programme participants as partners and co-designers in future capacity development.

Diplo’s capacity development has the following specific features:

  • context-sensitive implementation (adjusted to specific national, organisational, and professional needs);
  • multiple levels of delivery, from individual to organisation, network and system;
  • support for international processes and preparations for important international summits and conferences;
  • promotion of sector-wide coherence by involving various government departments and professionals; and
  • a multistakeholder approach involving governments, civil society, business, academia, and other actors.


More on our current capacity building programmes


Past projects

Public diplomacy for Roma

As a result of our pioneering work in 2005/2006, there are now more Roma diplomats who represent Roma communities in policy debates at both national and EU level.  Find out more on our archive site.

Human rights and health diplomacy in Serbia & Montenegro

Over 50 judges, government officials, lawyers, medical doctors, civil society activists and academics participated in our tailored programmes on UN Human Rights treaties and global health initiatives (2005/2006).

Future projects

Diplo is constantly forging new partnerships with organisations worldwide to address pressing issues in diplomacy and international relations. Some of these projects will become the capacity development programmes of the future.

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