GSD’s Humanitarian Commitment

GSD was founded in 2003 by President Dr. Colum de Sales Murphy.
Dr. Murphy specializes in 
the study of the roots of war and conflict and has served the cause of peace for more than 32 years with the United Nations. His wartime experience and his contribution to peace negotiations in several wars inspired him to create a platform to prepare future world leaders for their roles on the world stage to advance peace and human rights. And so he founded the Geneva School of Diplomacy.

Based on its core values (Academic & Vocational Excellence, Integrity and Professionalism), GSD provides high quality and praxis-oriented education combined with a commitment to student support and promotes a philosophy rooted in the School’s motto: ‘serviendo guberno – to govern is to serve’. GSD believes it is very important to not only teach through books, but through support and actual hands-on experience in the real-world.

Because of our beliefs, we have created the GSD Humanitarian Initiative Program (HIP); real work for real people.

If you want to help us in making the world a better place by donating, please contact Ms. Siofra Sharpe, Head of Humanitarian Affairs at GSD, for more information via:

Humanitarian Initiative Program (HIP)

The GSD Humanitarian Initiative Program (HIP),can be split into two channels:  

      • Humanitarian Diplomacy Courses in our curriculum
        • This is implemented through course work involving theory (courses such as Advocacy, Fundraising, Micro-financing) and practice (field work);
      • Scholarships
        • Bukurie Gjonbalaj (2012 – 2016)
        • Florian & Wolfgang Ischinger (2017)
      • Lectures & Seminars

The funds are raised through individual contributions, student initiatives and events.

Zanzibar Outreach Program (ZOP)


The Zanzibar Outreach Program [ZOP] was founded in Zanzibar in 2006 with the objective of reaching the community in Zanzibar. Today ZOP is one of the most respected Non Governmental Organization on the islands due to its ongoing and lasting commitment to that cause. ZOP, which relies on private local donations and collaborations with other NGO’s both in Tanzania and overseas, is dedicated to improving the community’s access to health care, clean water and education. ZOP runs 11 major projects, of which GSD currently supports the ‘ZOP Community Water Supply Program’.

Many parts of Zanzibar do not have access to clear water and without access to safe and reliable water, these outreached communities’ drinks water from precarious sources such as unprotected surface boreholes and/or rivers. ZOP Community Water Supply program is focused to develop community water units to protect the communities from water contaminated diseases such as Cholera, diarrhoea, typhoid fever and Bilharzia. The placement of water units has been a high priority of ZOP’s since the Community Water Supply program was officially introduced in early 2008. Since the introduction of the program 130 water units serving more than 390,000 has been constructed by ZOP. Once a unit has been constructed it is donated to individual/community and/or to school on a condition that their water supply is to serve the community. This way efficiency is enhanced and the distance that villagers have to walk to get their water is reduced.

The policy for the tanks, which range from 5,000 to 10,000 litres, are placed into the areas of a minimum of 500 people. The units are donated to individual well owners on the condition that their water supply is already serving the community. They enhance efficiency and reduce the distances that villages have to fetch and carry their water. Each year at least 20 Units are planned to be constructed.

Please visit their website for more detailed information about each of their projects.

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