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

Capacity Development Programme in ICT Policy and IG for ACP countries

Our two-year Capacity Development Programme (2009-2011) in ICT Policy and IG for African, Caribbean and Pacific countries included several projects, courses, activities, and publications. Over 500 participants from 60 ACP countries benefited directly from the training. Many more benefited from the programme by following the activities online, reading the publications, and engaging with the community in one way or another.  Find out more on our archive site.

Climate change diplomacy

Beginning in 2008, Diplo has initiated several conferences and events, and created a new online course with scholarship opportunities for diplomats, civil servants and academics from small and developing states. We built a vibrant online community, created illustrations for use in publications, awareness building, and training, and initiated a project to translate key climate change terms. Find out more on our summary page.

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 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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