Development Diplomacy

DiploFoundation Diplomacy

Target Audience

All course applicants must have regular access to the Internet (dial-up connection is sufficient, although broadband is preferable).

Applicants for certificate courses must have:
•An undergraduate university degree OR three years of work experience and appropriate professional qualifications in diplomacy or international relations.
•Sufficient ability in the English language to undertake postgraduate level studies (including reading academic texts, discussing complex concepts with other course participants, and submitting written essay assignments of up to 2500 words in length).

Applicants for accredited courses must meet University of Malta prerequisites:
•Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject with at least Second Class Honours.
•Proof of English language proficiency obtained within the last two years (minimum requirements TOEFL: paper-based – 650; Internet-based – 95. IELTS: 6.5. Cambridge: Proficiency Certificate with Grade C or better). If when applying you are still waiting for your English language proficiency results, the University may issue a conditional letter of acceptance.


This course explores development cooperation as an important dimension of international relations, particularly relations between developing and developed countries. Diplomatic training courses rarely include an introduction to and training in international development cooperation, including humanitarian aid, thus hampering diplomats’ ability to successfully negotiate development-related issues. The course looks at various types of development cooperation at national, regional and global levels. Development issues are examined from the perspectives of both provider and partner countries. Theory and analysis are supported with examples and illustrations from the professional experience of the course authors.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, participants should be able to:
•Describe major issues and dilemmas in international development cooperation today.
•Present and explain issues related to development cooperation, from the perspectives of both donor (provider) and recipient (partner) countries.
•Assess development needs and cooperation opportunities.
•Advise on the preparation of an ‘aid request’ to be submitted to a provider.
•Appraise cooperation proposals submitted by partner governments or local organisations.
•Select the most appropriate type of provider for different activities – bilateral, multilateral or private sources.
•Support the monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of development projects, and recommend changes as needed.
•Argue for and defend the role and potential of development cooperation in today’s international relations, and be better able to foster the win-win aspects for both developed and developing countries.