A Challenging Programme
New Perspective on Problem Solving:
Many problems remain unresolved not because of a lack of
appropriate knowledge or skills of the officials tasked with
resolving them, but because often the problems are inappropriately
defined. The programme will specifically address this issue, and
will equip participants with skills to enable them to reframe
issues, and by doing so, gain new insights into more productive
ways of tackling problems generally. This will also involve
examining processes for effective management of change in political
environments, and for tackling challenges in more productive
In order to get the most out of the programme and, in
particular, to work effectively on their individual problems and
challenges, participants will be exposed to:
Highly interactive classroom sessions:
The programme will employ highly interactive and "user-friendly"
teaching methods, with detailed discussions of Case Studies and
simulations in which participants assume roles.
The programme is designed to be highly collaborative, drawing on
shared experiences and collective understanding in mentored
syndicate and breakout groups. Participants will work on their
challenges in smaller groups to ensure everyone gets the benefit of
inputs from other participants.
Access to Hands-On Experience/Case Studies:
Participants will be able to have direct contact with small
countries practitioners, who will illustrate using "real life"
examples where best practice has been developed. By doing so,
participants will gain valuable insights into actual problems faced
by small countries and be able to evaluate the solutions generated,
together with the officials involved. This information will be
captured by rapporteurs and developed into printed and electronic
materials, which, along with other insights from the programme, can
be shared more broadly.
Development of Key Negotiation Skills:
An important element of the programme will be the acquisition of
negotiation skills based on the world renowned Oxford Programme
on Negotiation which offers participants the opportunity to
acquire advanced negotiation and mediation techniques. Negotiation
skills will be placed in relevant context for negotiations within
government and with bilateral and multilateral bodies, through the
appropriate choice of simulations and role-plays. The challenge of
negotiating with people from different cultures will also be
addressed. As the final part of the programme, this will give the
participants an active delivery plan for whatever they have
developed in terms of new approaches to their challenges.
Find out which small countries have previously participated in the SCFMC programme.