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About DiploFoundation

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Diplo works to strengthen the meaningful participation of all
stakeholders in diplomatic practice and international relations.

DiploFoundation is a non-profit organisation based in Malta, with offices in Geneva and Belgrade. In June 2006, Diplo was granted Special Consultative Status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Diplo also plays an important role in a number of global networks, including the Global Knowledge Partnership, the International Forum on Diplomatic Training and the European Diplomatic Training Initiative.

 

Approach

Several key concepts underlie our activities:

  • Innovation: we are a leading training organisation in the field of diplomacy and international relations today because of our commitment to innovation in online learning.
  • Quality: we strive to offer high quality educational experiences and materials, equally attractive and useful for individuals and institutions in developed and developing countries.
  • Personal touch: the personal dedication of the Diplo team and the recognition of each learner as an individual are always highly rated in surveys, informal reviews and feedback from our course participants and collaborators.
  • Development cooperation: we have an ongoing commitment to strengthening diplomatic practice and international relations for a range of stakeholders in developing countries in particular.
  • Contemporary focus: our education, training and capacity building initiatives focus on topics of relevance to today’s diplomatic scene, whether these are new areas of study, or traditional topics examined through a contemporary lens.
  • Theory to practice: our activities aim to bridge the gap between theoretical concepts and practical solutions; this is done through close links with real communities of practice and through studying real-life problems.
  • Multistakeholder approach: diplomacy is no longer the exclusive domain of states and diplomats; we promote the involvement of new players, including NGOs, academia, the private sector, and the media. 

 

Activities

Our activities all revolve around, and feed into, our focus on education, training and capacity building:

  • Courses: We offer postgraduate level academic courses and training workshops on a variety of diplomacy-related topics for diplomats, civil servants, staff of international organisations and NGOs and students of international relations. Our courses are delivered through online and blended learning. Through our funding agencies and the revenue generated by our activities, we assist participants from developing countries to attend our courses.
  • Capacity Building: With the support of donor and partner agencies, we offer capacity building programmes for participants from developing countries in a number of topics including Internet Governance, Human Rights, Public Diplomacy and Advocacy, and Health Diplomacy. Through learning and skill development, these programmes equip participants to take a more active role in issues of direct relevance to themselves and the communities, organisations and countries they represent.
  • Research: Through our research and conferences, we investigate topics related to diplomacy, international relations and online learning. Our activities significantly contribute to the knowledge base on diplomacy and international relations and foster the development of vibrant research communities. Research focuses on contemporary topics in diplomacy; some recent examples include diplomacy of small states, virtual diplomacy, health diplomacy and environmental diplomacy. 
  • Publications: Our publications range from examination of contemporary developments in diplomacy to new analyses of traditional aspects of diplomacy. Many of our publications are available in an online format as well as traditional print format and some have been translated into several languages. We also publish DiploNews, a biweekly e-mail newsletter distributed to a mailing list of over 5000 recipients.
  • Software Development: We have created a set of software applications custom designed for diplomats and others who work in international relations. We also excel in the development on online learning platforms. 

 

Impact

The impact of Diplo’s activities is unusually broad and deep for such a small organisation. Diplo’s inclusive capacity development initiatives give a voice to otherwise excluded or under-represented groups and actors: for example, in 2005 we equipped 25 young Roma rights activists to interact effectively with diplomatic and other national and international entities. Our capacity building programmes also empower people to represent the interests of their communities or countries on the international scene through education and training, for example, the over 520 professionals who attended our Internet Governance Capacity Building programme from 2005 till 2009. Our innovative, pioneering use of new technologies in diplomacy has often had a global impact, ranging from designing and hosting some of the early ministry of foreign affairs website for developing countries in 1997 to launching the first Virtual Embassy, for the Maldives, in 2007.

The results of our activities are well illustrated through the successes of our alumni and other associates. To read more, visit Diplo’s “Success Stories.”

 

Origins

Diplo emerged from a project to introduce information and communication technology (ICT) tools to the practice of diplomacy, initiated in 1993 at the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies in Malta. In November 2002, Diplo was established as an independent non-profit foundation by the governments of Malta and Switzerland. Our focus has expanded from the application of information technology to diplomacy, to include other new and traditional aspects of the teaching and practice of diplomacy and international relations.

 

DiploFoundation Annual Reports

  • 2003 [ PDF, 1.46MB ]
  • 2005 [ PDF, 5.22MB ]
  • 2006 [ PDF, 744KB ]
  • 2007 [ PDF, 1.58MB ]
  • 2008 [ PDF, 990KB ]
  • 2009 [ PDF, 1.28MB ]
  • 2010 [ PDF, 1.5MB ]