Support to the Afghan Diplomatic Institute
Due to a long period of conflict and a public administration that appointed many poorly qualified persons, and made only a minimal investment in professional development, the lack of human capacity is among the most serious problems facing the Afghan civil service. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has not been spared by these developments: today a majority of Afghan diplomats do not speak English and often lack the basic knowledge and skills in order to successfully perform their job. The leadership of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has therefore given high priority to the reinstatement of its training facility, the Afghan Diplomatic Institute, which reopened in late 2003, following more than fifteen years of inactivity. The Institute currently faces the enormous task of delivering a major amount of training to the employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the pursuit of two priority objectives: the training of a new generation of young Afghans to form a new diplomatic corps for the country, as well as the training and development incumbent employees of the ministry to qualify them for both in-country and overseas work. The achievement of this objective is made challenging by the Institute's need to accomplish this while simultaneously building up its internal capacity to deliver targeted and relevant diplomatic training.
The project will assist the Institute in developing its capacity and strengthening its role as the primary training provider for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This will be achieved through the provision of technical assistance by the Austrian Diplomatic Academy and the establishment of a resource and language learning centre.