- DiploFoundation (www.diplomacy.edu)
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.
Several key concepts underlie DiploFoundation’s activities:
- Innovation: Diplo is a leading training organisation in the field of diplomacy and international relations today because of its commitment to innovation in online learning.
- Quality: Diplo strives 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 course participants and collaborators.
- Development co-operation: Diplo has an ongoing commitment to strengthening diplomatic practice and international relations for a range of stakeholders in developing countries in particular.
- Contemporary focus: Diplo’s 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: Diplo’s 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; Diplo promotes the involvement of new players, including NGOs, academia, the private sector, and the media.
- Commonwealth Secretariat (www.thecommonwealth.org)
The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 54 countries that support each other and work together towards shared goals in democracy and development.
The Commonwealth Secretariat is the primary intergovernmental organisation within the Commonwealth and carries out programmes based on mandates set by Commonwealth Heads of Government at their biennial summit. The Secretariat works as a trusted partner for all Commonwealth people as:
- a force for peace, democracy, equality and good governance.
- a catalyst for global consensus-building.
- a source of assistance for sustainable development and poverty eradication.
The Commonwealth Fund for Technical Co-operation promotes sustainable development through comprehensive work programmes that maximise available resources to benefit member countries. It uses comparative advantages to assist members to achieve Commonwealth priorities and the MDGs. These comparative advantages include common values, a diverse membership, large number of small states, similarity of judicial and public administration systems, Pan-Commonwealth networks, and regular meetings of heads of government and ministers.
The Commonwealth provides relevant and cost-effective technical assistance quickly, flexibly and sensitively to member countries. It promotes South-South co-operation as an integral part of the provision of development assistance and advice. Assistance is provided to member countries without the stringent conditions of some donors, and addresses some of the strategic gaps that large donors may overlook.
Thirty-two out of the 54 Commonwealth member countries are small states who are geographically small or have populations of less than 1.5 million. These states face particular challenges such as physical remoteness, susceptibility to natural disasters, limited institutional capacity, limited diversification, vulnerable to external economic changes, need of access to foreign capital, and poverty. As a result, more than 60% of Commonwealth technical assistance is directed towards small states.
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Malta (www.mfa.gov.mt)
The Malta Co-operation Programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Maltese Government provides the means for Maltese professionals to share their experience and skills with participants from developing countries and small states with limited human resources. Having attained a high degree of competence in human resources over the years, and fully supportive of the Commonwealth’s efforts in the field of development training, Malta has embarked on the Third Country Training Programme. Under this scheme, specialised training has been delivered in the fields of information technology, banking and finance in small states, competitiveness for small states, port management, insurance management and diplomacy.
The Malta-Commonwealth Third Country Training Programme marks the transition from technical assistance to mutual co-operation between Malta and its Commonwealth partners. This programme is jointly funded and administered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Commonwealth Secretariat, and was formally established in 1995 with the objective of training senior to middle level personnel from developing countries of the Commonwealth.