Development Diplomacy for Peace and Security (DDPS) Alumni Community
Basic facts about the network
Since our participation in the DDPS training course, DDPS Community members collaborate in the virtual workspaces offered by GIZ. Since 2013, we network in the Virtual DDPS Alumni Community where we held regular chat sessions every fortnight until 10/2015, facilitated by the DDPS Alumni Chat Facilitation Team. Until now, about 60 chat sessions have been successfully conducted (see an overview here). The topics, inspired by the alumni’s suggestions, were mostly related to diplomacy, peace and security issues in Africa. We also invited external experts to our virtual chats and collaborate with former trainers and resource persons.
These chat sessions contributed to the personal and professional exchange. They offered authentic information about tangible African issues, coming directly from the source and giving valuable background information that is otherwise very hard to obtain. Since the alumni come from all over sub-Saharan Africa, the chats allow a comparison between the countries in regards to topics like election monitoring, gender issues, traditional conflict management, decentralisation or the Ebola crisis. By discovering similarities, the alumni can exchange techniques and get motivated by good practice examples from their peers. Via our website, we also offer our expertise to institutions working on peace & security.
„Exchange in a participatory, self-determined way in order to…
- make African voices heard in Africa,
- create a momentum
- and to act as Ambassadors for Peace and multipliers for African solutions
- focusing on preventive diplomacy!“
DDPS Alumni Community ranked 3. in Network-Competition 2015
The „Development Diplomacy for Peace and Security (DDPS) Alumni Community“ won the third prize in the Network-Competition on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) with its project on conflict prevention in Benin.