Historical Perspective of the Gabriel Dennis Foreign Service Institute

The Gabriel L. Dennis Foreign Service Institute was established in 1951, as the professional training and research unit of the Ministry of Foreign affairs. The Institute has the mandate to create a program conducive for the exchange of ideas on the political understandings of global economic relations cultural diversities, integration and issues of conflicts.

It aims are geared to providing intellectual orientation for Liberia s Foreign Service Officers and Diplomats and also provide a penetrating insight and understanding the culture of Foreign Policy formulation and implementation. The Institute provides opportunity for the exchange of thought on the political dimension of global economic relations, cultural diversity, and issues of conflict.

II. Tribute to Past Directors of the Institute over time
       
   Past Directors of the Institute
    Hon.  George Padmore*
    Ambassador Angie Brooks*
    Ambassador T. Ernest Eastman
    Ambassador Christopher Minikon
    Ambassador Elwood Dunn
    Hon. Dr. Joseph Saye Guanu
    Ambassador Elwood Greaves*
    Mr. Solomon Sawyer*
    Ambassador Joseph Wolo
    Ambassador Varney G. Freeman*
    
Deceased     
The last Director Ambassador Varney Freeman died in 2006. A committee has since run the Institute

III. Capacity Building
   The Institute has historically provided a nine months post graduate certificate for entry into Liberia’s Foreign Service.

The years of Civil Crisis and Impact on FSI
As a result of the Civil Crisis the Institute was adversely affected resulting in interruption of its training programme.

The FSI under Administration of President Johnson Sirleaf

) Reactivation of FSI (Jan 2006-Oct. 2007)

    Committee at MFA to revive the Institute
    Achievements
    Graduates of 9 months FSI Certificate course.
    Other Dimensions

    B) Review and internal Assessment of FSI and way Forward (Jan 2008 to date)
Informal review of FSI and putting on hold of FSI 9 months certificate course (Nov. 2007 to date)
Preparations of Proposals for submissions to Donors: Nordics; UNITAR ; UNDP; Egyptians; etc.
Exploration of possible assistance from Egypt, Jordan; India, Kenya, amongst others

C)    Short term Certificate courses in selected areas with Partners:
Multi track Diplomacy (Jan. 2008) held in Liberia
    Partners: Institute of Multi track Diplomacy (Washington D.C.)
                     
Training of Protocol officers
    (Nov. 2008)
    Partners: Egyptian Fund for Technical Assistance:  and Ambassador during Institute of
                                Protocol & Etiquette  


Training in Egypt of 25 Liberians (at Egypt Diplomatic Institute) in Economic                        Diplomacy (Nov. 2008)
    Partners: EFTC, Egypt

Civilian Peace Monitoring and Development Diplomacy (Dec. 2008)
    Partner: Kings College, London and UNDP.

External Assessment Mission by Egyptian Diplomatic
 Institute; Kofi Annan Centre in Ghana and International Committee for Conflict Management (DRC/Brussels)
(Jan. 2009)

VI.  Outcome
        A. Design of Program for Restructured and
             Reoriented FSI:
    
Short term Pilot phase (2009-2010) Series of short certificate courses for both MOFA officers and broader public. Redesign of FSI certificate course restricting it to new entrants into Foreign Service and existing MOFA staff  
      
        B.  Implementation status
    Identification of Staffing
        Deputy Director
        Program Support

        2. Sourcing External Support
        UNDP (Deployment of Diplomats trainees)
        Belgium (FSI Project)
        Norwegian; (Civilian Peace Monitors/
        Bridge builders
        Kenya (training at their Institute)
        India
        Egypt (Training in Conferencing. Etc.

             3. Collaboration with UL
         4. New Pilot Initiatives started
Training in Civilian Peace monitoring/Bridge  builders with Angie Brooks Centre as part of                International Colloquium and following  colloquium in collaboration with Institute of  Multi track Diplomacy, Washington D.C.  (March 2009)
Launch of UNDP Sponsored “Development Diplomats” trainees (April 2009)