Annual Report 2012

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For Diplo, 2012 was indeed a year of change. Our core funding from the Swiss Development Corporation was reduced and our funding from ACP expired. Our Internet Governance Capacity Development Programme was faced with a difficult transition from being able to offer multiple complete scholarships, thanks to ACP funding, to being able to offer much fewer, partial scholarships from our core funding. This, obviously, has had an effect and our student numbers are down. While many want to learn and to increase their knowledge, few have the funds to pay for what is still a privilege as opposed to a right. And yet, on the flip side, work was completed to ensure the continuance of Internet governance as an important part of Diplo’s agenda by adding an Internet Governance stream to our Master’s in Contemproary Diplomacy and to seek out corporate sponsorship for key students. The release of the fifth edition of our flagship publication An introduction to Internet governance and its subsequent launch at the 2012 Internet Governance Forum in Baku, helped to cement our place in the field. Diplo is a living organisation – one that is constantly evolving to meet new challenges and striving to stay one step ahead of the posse. Our successful series of Internet-governance-related webinars in 2012 is testament to our ability to adapt, innovate, and move forward. Our course on Consular Diplomacy was adapted to include the increasingly important element of disaporas. Likewise, the addition of new courses – Diplomatic Protocol, Cybersecurity, and Economic Diplomacy – increased our offer and ensured that we continue to occupy our niche in the world of diplomacy training. Our key resources are our people – both staff and faculty and indeed our alumni work tirelessly to promote our message and to ensure that we move towards more inclusive diplomacy. This was evident at our 10th anniversary celebration in Malta where we marked the occasion with an international conference on innovations in diplomacy. The conference focused both on new innovation areas such as e-diplomacy and on innovation in traditional diplomatic functions (e.g. protocol, consular affairs). Leading innovators in diplomacy, alongside practitioners and researchers provided a reality check of the promises, successes, and failures of innovation in diplomacy over the last 20 years. This was on the back of a series of very successful e-diplomacy days and events which will lay for the foundation for a monthly series of advanced webinars in 2013 on the evolution of diplomacy where reflections on the history of diplomacy will act as a search for guidelines for the future of diplomacy in the Internet era. Focusing on the interplay between continuity and change, the stage has been set in 2012 for Diplo’s continued advancement in 2013. We thank you for your continued interest in and support of Diplo’s activities