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Dr Anthony Land is a freelance consultant based in Botswana specialising in capacity development and change management. He works extensively in Africa and the Asia-Pacific region designing and evaluating programmes on decentralisation, public sector ...

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Dr Katharina (Kat) E Höne researches, writes, and teaches on a number of issues in the area of diplomacy, global governance, and the impact of technology on international relations. Over the last years, she has focused on research at the intersection...

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Earn an accredited Master’s degree without taking time off work. The Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy guides working diplomats and international relations professionals through the theoretical and practical building blocks of ...

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Half a century after its inception, development cooperation is today integral to finding solutions for global, regional and national problems. As such, it influences diplomatic agendas in many areas including security, the environment, trade, health,...

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Diplo invites you to apply for our upcoming autumn 2014 online courses: Consular and Diaspora Diplomacy In recent years, consular and diaspora diplomacy have both emerged as important areas in diplomatic studies; governments are becoming more ci...
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It emphasises the legal and institutional framework for international migration, examines governments' recent changes in policies towards their diasporas, and focuses on different case studies to exemplify how the links between diasporas and thei...
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The world is looking at the United Nations through distorting lenses. People are used to seeing just a part of it at first sight. In most cases they will stop at the first glance and will not explore deeper. In terms of areas of responsibility, ther...
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‘Indeed, the Internet can be a doubleedged sword. Consequently, given man’s innate quest to have stability, reliability, and certainty in his life, governance of the Internet is only a natural evolution.' - Valmikki Singh from Guyana

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Emerging Leaders in Internet governance
 Valmikki Singh , 2011
 
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‘There is so much work still to be done. There are so many unraveling threads. There is so much still to create. There is much need to better use the Internet for development.’ - Sheba Mohammid from Trinidad and Tobago

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Emerging Leaders in Internet governance
 Sheba Mohammid , 2011
 
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Burkina Faso is classified among the “Less Developed Countries” (LDCs). Its foreign policy is called “Diplomacy of development”. The first part of the dissertation presents the legal background of Burkina Faso’s international action through national references and regional settings. The second part of the dissertation analyses Burkina Faso’s diplomatic actions for peace and development.

As a landlocked country, Burkina Faso’s concept of “Diplomacy of development” considers peace and security as a priority. Development is the other face of this kind of diplomacy which cannot be achieved without a dynamic process of integration. For example, Burkina Faso intervened in West Africa and other African regions by sending military forces. It has also sent police forces in Haiti. The analysis shows also Burkina Faso’s mediations in Togo and in Ivory Coast.

About development aspect, Burkina Faso had developed special relations with Ivory Coast for geographical and historical reasons. Between Burkina Faso and Taiwan, the relations are strong and realistic even if other countries cooperate with China. Cotton initiative is an example of group diplomacy with Burkina Faso like a leader. Like Burkina Faso, the other countries of the region favour peace and development in their foreign policies.

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Dissertation library
 Poussi Sawadogo , 2007
 
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The quest to eradicate poverty has been identified as the most critical challenge facing development in the world today. Women and children are disproportionately affected by poverty.

Nigeria is Africa’s most populous nation. It is also one of the poorest countries in the world. Rapid progress in reducing poverty in Nigeria is dependent upon improved access to basic services, particularly health and education. If Nigeria fails to reduce poverty quickly enough, it is unlikely that the Millennium Development Goals will be achieved in Africa or globally.

This research spotlights UNICEF and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) efforts in Nigeria; assessing them through progress on MDGs 4 and 5 targets – reduce maternal and under-five mortality ratios; which are highly sensitive to poverty levels.

Findings reveal that only marginal improvements have been recorded. The problem is traceable to a combination of factors: aid administration processes and the adverse influence of women’s poverty and cultural biases which reinforce gender inequality.

The methodology adopted was documentary review, involving sector-specific analysis of policy papers and related publications exploring a number of issues identified as critical to the attainment of the MDGs 4 and 5: poverty, human development, human poverty, maternal and child health and the role of aid/donors.

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Dissertation library
 Utchay Okoli , 2009
 
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This study focuses ont he Net Neutrality controversy. It aims to answer a number of questions including - If Net Neutrality deserves protection, the question is how? Should a political or legal solution be enacted at national or international levels? Can we trust an informal free-market solution that may develop on its own, or should legal and political means be used to enunciate this principle? Will market forces ensure the best outcome, whatever this may be? The report seeks to analyze the issues of Net Neutrality with a particular focus on developing countries, and proposes further steps to protect their interests. 

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Internet governance research paper
 Romina Bocache, Andrei Mikheyev, Virginia Paque , 2007
 
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This paper looks at how cloud computing will surpass the Internet in adoption and usage as this technology’s users are on the other side of the digital divide. It looks at the diffusion of mobile phones and devices in developing countries and its continuous dramatic rise and at some popular mobile applications that are helping development efforts, such as m-Banking, m-Education, m-Health, m-Agriculture, and others that already exist and are popular within developing countries.

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Internet governance research paper
 Sam Goundar , 2010
 
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As the new South Africa adapts to an ever-changing regional, continental and global environment, this paper reviews current developments against the background of the historic situation and of the evolution of diplomacy world-wide.

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Modern Diplomacy. Ed J. Kurbalija (1998)
 Marie Muller , 1998

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As times change so do customs generally. In diplomacy protocol too changes and develops, mirroring broader societal norms. This paper discusses developments in protocol and how it provides the commonly accepted norms of behaviour for the conduct of relations between states.

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Modern Diplomacy. Ed J. Kurbalija (1998)
 Erik Goldstein , 1998

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Opening address of the Honourable Dr. George F. Vella, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Environment of Malta

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Modern Diplomacy. Ed J. Kurbalija (1998)
 George Vella , 1998

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In this paper, John Harper and Jennifer Cassingena Harper talk about knowledge as a vital resource, and the necessity of building competencies and establishing new skills. Analysing the theories by Ernst B. Haas in When Knowledge is Power: Three Models of Change in International Organisation, the authors trace the development of knowledge-oriented activities in the private sector, and its implications for organisations in the public and international domain.

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Knowledge and Diplomacy. Ed by J. Kurbalija (2002)
 John Harper and Jennifer Cassingena Harper , 2002

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Lichia Yiu and Raymond Sanner describe in detail the application of development diplomacy in the context of international co-operation for poverty reduction in Highly Indebted Poor Countries. In particular, the authors describe the goal of the International Labour Organisation – a non-state actor – in advocating the inclusion of employment and Decent Work Agenda policies in Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers, an instrument developed by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

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Multistakeholder Diplomacy - Challenges and Opportunities. Ed by J. Kurbalija and V. Katrandjiev (2006)
 Lichia Yiu and Raymond Saner , 2006
 
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Raymond Saner addresses the growing influence non state actors are having on policy dialogue and policy negotiations in international development. Saner highlights how non state actors have become increasingly involved in the development policy field usually occupied by ambassadors and envoys representing Ministries of Foreign Affairs. Relevant requirements and competencies necessary for NSAs are also outlined by the author as well as the need for state actors to adapt their traditional roles and functions from inward looking, exclusive, and secretive activity into a more reachable, outgoing, and inclusive diplomacy. 

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Multistakeholder Diplomacy - Challenges and Opportunities. Ed by J. Kurbalija and V. Katrandjiev (2006)
 Raymond Saner , 2006
 
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In this chapter, Walter Fust talks about the role of knowledge management, and knowledge for development, in diplomacy. He describes various methods to assess what knowledge should be stocked, and explains the need for managers who are assigned the task of deciding what should be stocked. These decisions need to be guided by principles, or guidelines - referred to as value management.

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Knowledge and Diplomacy. Ed by J. Kurbalija (2002)
 Walter Fust , 2002

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The book covers a wide range of topics - beginning with a general introduction to the concept of knowledge management, the interplay between development and diplomacy, the importance of institutional memory of diplomatic services for diplomatic activities, practical examples of knowledge management in international organisations and the use of language in international relations.

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Knowledge and Diplomacy. Ed by J. Kurbalija (2002)
 Jovan Kurbalija , 2002

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