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We are particularly inviting interest in the following projects:

Please contact us if you would like to help or get involved.

Since its establishment, Diplo has been sponsored by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). We are now financing our activities more and more through income from mandates (approximately 50% in 2010). This graph demonstrates how our funding sources have changed in recent years:

Non-SDC sources include funding for specific projects from the European Union, the United Nations Development Programme, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the European Free Trade Association, the United States Institute of Peace, and the Open Society Institute.

Resources generated by our activities are used for further research and support for countries with limited financial resources.

Future plans

While continuing to develop and expand our capacity development, professional courses and training programmes, we are also conducting cutting-edge research into technology and policy.

If you are interested in helping or getting involved, please support us, join the debate on our online Internet governance community, or join discussion on our blog.

Diplo’s plans include:

  • Continuing to seek new capacity development initiatives in the fields of Internet governance, cybersecurity, and other fields.
  • Developing new online courses on topical issues, together with various partner organisations.
  • Comprehensive global research on public perception of diplomacy and other important and emerging topics.
  • Further development of tools and techniques for e-participation in global governance.

Special focus: Awareness building

We plan to conduct comprehensive global research on the perception of diplomacy, both with a lowercase ‘d’ – as a method for resolving conflict through the use of compromise and conciliation – and with an uppercase ‘D’ – as a system for managing modern international relations.

We will continue to promote the role of diplomacy and negotiations in solving global problems, with the key message that in the interdependent world, diplomacy is no longer just the ethically superior choice but a necessity for addressing complex issues like Internet governance and climate change negotiations.

Please join the debate on our blogs.

Special focus: Policy research using technology

Traditional policy research in global affairs has shown serious limitations. It has failed to anticipate some major developments, such as the 2008 financial crisis or the latest developments in the Arab world. Some of the existing limitations could be overcome through the use of new Internet-based techniques, such as crowd-sourcing. A new form of policy research could assist the international policy community to better understand the fast-changing world, and to better anticipate future crises.

We have developed a toolkit for Internet-based policy research which has been implemented in pilot projects in the field of Internet governance and climate change.

We are also investigating unorthodox topics with growing relevance for global policy, including emotions in global governance and negotiations, science and global policy, and managing diversity in global policy.

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