Parliamentary Diplomacy

Parliamentary Diplomacy is an important perspective and alternative form of diplomacy, even if not widely studied yet, developed lately by the increasing role of non-state actors and their enrollment in foreign affairs and international relations issues.

In general, these issues have been considered as an exclusive competence of state actors as the key political actors of the government or executive branch.

At the same time, other forms of diplomacy as for example public diplomacy are considered the main instruments to develop and promote international relations between countries.  Parliaments combine features inherent in formal diplomatic channels (the legitimate status) and public diplomacy (voicing popular sentiments and interests, as well as expert opinions). The combination of these features exerts a powerful effect encouraging a vigorous exchange of opinions and collective decision-making at international venues. 

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The parliamentary diplomacy division of the Institute debates current issues related to the role of non-state actors in diplomacy; develops and promotes tools to prevent and resolve conflicts; supports democratic development in developing countries, and encourages all members of the Institute to take full advantage of diplomacy capabilities.

The Division acts as a space to test, model, and scale successful practices of human rights monitoring, reporting and documentation, and institution-building for cross-regional implementation. At the same time, we synthesise global best practices on the local implementation of human rights, contextualises them for the local level.

The Institut will prioritize proposals that:
Increase the role of non-state actors in improving and supporting transparency in government, including, but not limited to, through public diplomacy tools;
Promote  democratic governance and stability by improving the rule of law, civil society capacity and engagement;
Strengthen human capital to promote inclusive economic growth and development via education, civil society and minorities engagement, cultural exchange;
Encourage peaceful dialogue and non-violent conflict resolution.

1. Transfer of knowledge
The online platform for parliamentary diplomacy has currently multimedia materials on parliamentary diplomacy, e-learning course, training toolkits (guides, action points, knowledge resources) to facilitate training (gender, climate, budgets, engagement with civil society).

2. Connect the global community of practice: 
Bringing parliamentary development partners together with the aim of facilitating discussion and coordination within the sector continues to be an important goal of the Institute.

3. Promote interactive learning
Our e-course aims at strengthening the capacity of parliamentarians and parliamentary staff. 

The Institute is open to cooperation and is happy to offer its expertise to all stakeholders in the form of consulting, training, or research.

How to get involved?

Activities in parliamentary diplomacy may focus on broader systemic or regulatory issues, facilitating greater appreciation of the role of non-state actors in public diplomacy and publicizing their critical role in the maintenance of a healthy democracy. 
Activities may also focus on providing support on building the capacity of professionals to conduct objective, high-quality reporting through training, workshops, or even the development of new tools to support their work.

Members are encouraged to share their own research and analysis, organize around specific discussions or initiatives, and engage with existing projects, events and research.

Opportunities with the Institute
The Institute welcomes your interest in working with us.

Get in touch with the Team!

For further information please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Tonye Clinton Jaja or Dr. O. Weretelnik

Parliamentary diplomacy division of the Institute


Policy Process provides a systematic way to develop policies that can help address public problems. The policy process includes six domains, including non-state actors engagement as key stakeholders. Non-state actors include organizations and individuals that are not affiliated with, directed by, or funded through the government. 

Although the policy cycle may appear to be an ordered process that begins at one point and ends at another, policy-making can begin or be abandoned or altered at any point of the cycle.

Identify need steps in the development of a policy and help us to develop it.


 There is a recognised set of stages that policy development has to go through before a bill can be presented to parliament. This can take some time and is likely to involve (formal or informal) consultation with concerned stakeholders before the bill is drafted. The bill may also be amended by legislators, providing additional avenues by which interested parties can influence its content.
Note the different opportunities for non-state stakeholders to influence policy-making that each channel offers.

Non-state actors engagement in policy process through public diplomacy tools
Tools for the self‐assessment of  parliamentary diplomacy capacity
The tools aim to assist Members of Parliament,  NGOs, and other interested users to evaluate the performance of their parliament in the field of parliamentary diplomacy.With access to these tools developed by the Institute and from a large network of our partners, parliamentarians benefit from a greater potential to contribute to a country’s democratization process.

Online courses for udges, prosecutors and lawyers are free and hosted on the HELP online platform

The Institut has signed a letter of intent with ALDRAP


The Certified Inclusion Professional

Civil society monitoring

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Recent Actions

The Secretariat of United Nations LDC5 confirmed that Institut de diplomatie publique has been granted special accreditation for the Fifth United Nations Conference on Least Developed Countries (LDC5) to be held in Doha, 23 – 27 January 2022.

The Institut de diplomatie publique has signed a letter of intent with the Association of legislative drafters and advocasy practitioners, one of the strongest professional associations in Nigeria.
The letter of intent signed by Dr. O. Weretelnik, Director of the Institute and Dr. Tonye Clinton Jaja , Secretary of ALDRAP.

Upcoming Actions

Development of a new approach to the parliamentary diplomacy concept that can include actions by non‐state actors

Join Discussions


On January 20, CPD Faculty Fellow Corneliu Bjola, Associate Professor in Diplomatic Studies at the University of Oxford, will join CPD for a moderated conversation with CPD Faculty Fellow Aimei Yang, Associate Professor of Journalism at the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, about how we must start looking beyond social media and explore the potential contributions that the next generation of digital technologies may make to the practice of public diplomacy. This discussion will explore the extent to which artificial intelligence, extended reality and cloud computing may be able to 'shake up' the field of public diplomacy, in what directions, and with what normative implications.  

Register here.

Funding & tender opportunities

The Institut registered in the Participant Register of European Commission

Funding & Tenders Portal (PIC number 888159258).

Horizon Europe

The UN organization has confirmed registration of the INSTITUT DE DIPLOMATIE PUBLIQUE/ INSTITUTO DE DIPLOMACIA PUBLICA and the details are now part of the database of potential vendors to the UN organizations. Reg. number 818325.

We are eligible to participate in tender processes with the UN organization