Palestinian diplomats learn from Swedish experiences

Published 7 May 2015 in:

Workshop for Palestinian diplomats and civil servants in key positions. Photo: Senja Hägglund/Folke Bernadotte Academy

The Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA), in close cooperation with the Swedish Consulate General in Jerusalem, has initiated a series of high-level seminars and courses for Palestinian diplomats and civil servants in key positions within the Palestinian Authority.

Three retired Swedish ambassadors participate in the training programme to share their professional experiences and serve as mentors for the Palestinian participants.

Listen to Dr. Amal Jadou, Head of the European Department at the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and one of the Swedish former ambassadors, Sven-Olof Petersson, share their thoughts on last week’s high-level seminar. Karin Limdal, who is currently writing a handbook for communication advisers for the FBA, facilitates the interview. 



The initiative was launched last week with a high-level seminar for senior civil servants within the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Riyad al-Malki inaugurated the seminar together with FBA’s Director General Sven-Eric Söder and the Swedish Consul General Ann-Sofie Nilsson. The Minister of Foreign Affairs has himself been involved in the process of developing the course.

Some concrete outcomes from the seminar was further collaboration on multilateral issues, including support for the development of routines within diplomatic protocol and a process to strengthen the Communication capacity of the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Civil servants are the cornerstones of every effective administration, and the training programme constitutes a good complement to Sweden’s wider efforts to support state-building in Palestine.

FBA will return to Palestine during the fall of 2015 and early 2016 to train civil servants on a mid-career and entry level.

Read more about the Swedish cooperation strategy with Palestine here



Text: Lena Skoglund, Consulate General of Sweden in Jerusalem and Lina Frödin, Folke Bernadotte Academy