“We have contributed to state-building in Palestine”

During 2015 the FBA launched a two-year training programme for Palestinian officials, on practical aspects of diplomatic affairs. The final training session has now been held in Ramallah. “We have contributed to state-building in Palestine, and in the long run that is of course important for a peaceful development”, says FBA Director-General Sven-Eric Söder.

The training programme was initiated upon request from the Palestinian Foreign Ministry. Two previous training sessions have been held; one in April 2015 for senior Palestinian officials, and one in September 2015 for mid-level officials.

The third and last training session targeted newly recruited diplomats from the Palestinian Foreign Ministry and was held in March 2016 in Ramallah, Palestine.
– The course had a really positive atmosphere and I learned a lot, for example how to use analysis tools and their significance to prepare a strategic plan. I also experienced how to write talking points, speeches, reports and hold meetings. The interactive course design encouraged me to be creative, and it motivated me to apply what I learned during the course to be more efficient and productive in my daily work, says Alaa Jadallah from the European Affairs Department at the Palestinian Foreign Ministry.

All three training sessions have been held by FBA staff, with support from the Swedish former ambassadors Catherine von Heidenstam, Johan Molander and Sven-Olof Petersson. They have also been acting as mentors for the Palestinian training participants, giving the participants an opportunity to reflect upon key issues with the experienced Swedish former ambassadors.

The closing ceremony of the training programme was held on 17 March at the Palestinian Foreign Ministry, with all training participants. Riad al-Malki, Minister of Foreign Affairs in Palestine, and Hans Grundberg, Swedish Vice General Consul in Jerusalem, also attended the ceremony, together with FBA Director-General Sven-Eric Söder.
– The training programme has strengthened the Palestinian public administration, especially the foreign administration, in the creation of efficient work procedures and routines. The programme has also given room for exchange of experiences. The connections being made with the Palestinian diplomatic corps will be of great importance in the future, says Sven-Eric Söder.

The Palestinian participants will also be able to stay in touch with their Swedish mentors, even after the end of the training programme.
– Now we have trained the majority of the diplomats in Ramallah on practical aspects of diplomatic affairs. We will continue our cooperation with the Palestinian Foreign Ministry and initiate new projects in order to further strengthen institution-building and state-building in Palestine. The next step will be an advanced course on report writing, says Lina Frödin, project leader at the FBA.

In addition, the training concept in practical aspects of diplomatic affairs will be further developed by the FBA, and used in Ukraine later in 2016.

Read more

To read about the start of the training programme and the first training session, click here.

To read about the second training session, click here.

MORE FROM HOME

FBA contributes to the new EU Afghanistan Peace Support Mechanism

The EU is committed to promote an inclusive peace process in Afghanistan. Among other initiatives, the EU has put in place a new mechanism to support and fund activities contributing to this objective. The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida, is commissioned to carry out the work with support from FBA.

2019-06-28 17:05

IN THE FIELD

Read our publications

Image description

Assessing the Rule of Law in Public Administration: the Mining Sector

More than three years after the adoption of the SDGs, the world faces several troubling and mutually reinforcing trends: loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services, climate change and rising inequality, conflict and fragility. Underpinning these linked trends are patterns of unsustainable management of natural resources, including the mining sector.

Documents
Attributes
Author:
FBA, UNDP, Swedish Environmental Protection Agency
Year:
2019

THE FBA BLOG

  • Posted by Andreas Berg

    A fresh start for Ukraine?

    When I first arrived in Kyiv six months ago, I looked out over the city from the hilltop near the office of the EU Advisory Mission for Ukraine (EUAM) where I had just started a job as Coordination and Cooperation Officer. It became immediately clear why the city came to be founded here over 1,000 years ago and why it today is the capital of Ukraine. The mighty Dnepr River splits the city in half, flowing ... Read entire post »

    2019-09-13 16:26
  • Posted by Susanna Rudehill

    Are we making the link between peace and gender equality in Mali?

    We are approaching the twentieth anniversary of resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. This groundbreaking resolution was unanimously adopted by the UN Security Council, the highest decision-making body on international peace and security, in 2000. It recognizes the specific needs of women and girls in crisis situations and the key role women can play for peace in their countries.

    The resolution is based on the simple conclusion that peace is not possible without the involvement of ... Read entire post »

    2019-06-13 14:44
  • Posted by Anna Möller-Loswick

    “If men are better mediators, why is there always chaos in our countries?”

    At the beginning of May, I arrived in Oslo to attend this year’s annual meeting for the Nordic Women Mediators Network (NWM). The NWM consists of five Nordic networks of women with significant experience and expertise relevant to conflict mediation, peacebuilding and negotiations. The NWM meets at least once a year to share experiences and explore avenues for collaboration to promote women’s role in peace processes.

    This year, the Norwegian network hosted the annual NWM meeting, which ... Read entire post »

    2019-06-05 10:26
Photo

Taleb Sobeh

Taleb is expert on Iraq and Palestine

More about our experts

Upcoming courses

Photo

Our partner countries

FBA is part of Sweden’s development aid within the area of peace and security

Read more about the countries where we work

Twitter