Workshop on Stakeholder Engagement and Coordination
Diplomats and professionals operating in multilateral and international arenas are required to promote dialogue and coordination at early stages in order to deliver effective projects and generate mutual benefits. Diplomacy efforts need to be coordinated and different organisations, governments, and other key actors can be significantly engaged in such efforts.
As foreign and domestic policy goals are more global and interdependent and technological changes allow us to engage more rapidly and directly than ever before, diplomats must work with a wider range of constituencies beyond government. Diplomats, government officials, and other professionals, in general, need to know how to listen and engage with a diversity of groups.
By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
- Gain understanding of the complexity involved in coordination and stakeholder engagement in different social, political and cultural contexts;
- Identify potential stakeholders, domestic as well as foreign, at different levels – local, sub-national, national and international;
- Assess stakeholders’ specific needs and interests;
- Familiarise themselves with good practices and challenges related to coordination and stakeholder engagement in diplomacy;
- Develop skills to initiate, encourage and sustain suitable channels of stakeholder engagement and coordination with the different potential stakeholders in an early stage.
This workshop will focus on approaches to coordination and stakeholder engagement at different levels or spheres – personal and professional -, with different stakeholder groups – journalists, international organisations, etc – and in different situations – peaceful times, crisis situations. Practical exercises and case studies will be used to expose participants to different situations that they could face in their professional careers.
The workshop is designed to be interactive and participatory, including various pedagogical tools to enable the participants to function effectively and efficiently in a multilateral environment.
The course will be built on four pedagogical pillars: concept learning (lectures and presentations), role-playing (group exercises), experience sharing (roundtable discussions), and exposure to real-world problems and policy choices delegates are confronted with.
This workshop is open to members of Permanent Missions and delegates of Ministries of Foreign Affairs and other government officials as well as to representatives of international, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations. Senior managers from the private sector are equally invited to benefit from this workshop.
The workshop will be conducted in English. Participants will be provided with a set of background material at the beginning of the event. Certificates will be awarded to participants who have successfully followed the workshop in its entirety.