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.

Humanitarian Initiative Program (HIP)

Hop on the HIP!

GSD’s Humanitarian Initiative Programme (HIP), active since 2016 has officially supported projects all over the world, from Lesbos, Greece – bringing warm clothes and basics to migrants, to Zanzibar, Tanzania – sponsoring a water well for a community of a minimum of 500 people and making sure deaf children can go to school.

The programme aims to provide our students with the opportunity to take part in real projects for real people all over the world and to provide students with a skill set for their future. No school of diplomacy is complete without a humanitarian heart and this heart is one we wish to keep beating for years to come.

The programme operates on several levels:

1) the Academic, which offers courses of a humanitarian nature, and which includes field work and hands-on assignments. Under this umbrella also falls our scholarship programmes, such as the ‘Florian & Wolfgang Ischinger’ scholarship, which offers a refugee full scholarship to either complete or start a degree programme with us. Please click here to read the story of Melash Zeleke, who has been awarded with the Florian & Wolfgang Ischinger Scholarship’ in 2018.  We also offer our students the opportunity to fulfill their internships being a volunteer. Please read the experience of one of our BA students, Ms. Viktoriia Savetska, who spent her summer helping out the ZOP Outreach Program.

2) Fundraising events, which are organised with the help of our student ambassadors and are fully funded by donations from the student body and/or outside sponsors and are a lot of fun too!

3) Services, which aim to bring immediate hands-on help to local bodies and provide material help on a punctual basis, depending on the need.

So dear people, help us keep the HIP heart beating and get involved!

The funds to support the causes are raised through individual contributions, student initiatives and events. In 2017 and 2018 GSD and the student representatives organised the GSD’s Got Talent event. All the proceedings were donated to the Zanzibar Outreach Program (ZOP). This is an annual event that will continually support one of ZOP’s projects in Zanzibar, Tanzania.

Water For Life
The United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (or SDG’s), is used as a road-map to guide us in our humanitarian endeavors. The Geneva School of Diplomacy (GSD) is working devotedly to address each and every one of these goals through awareness and/or fundraising events. Adopted by 193 countries and with 17 Global Goals and 12 years left to “end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all”, our work is cut out and the clock is ticking loudly! On World Water Day, Friday 22 March 2019, we are proud to host an Anniversary Gala & Fundraising Event to support SDG number 6, bringing fresh water to communities in need. For more information about the event, please click here. If you would like to make any donations to this cause, please use the bank details below (with reference ‘Water For Life Donation’).

Be the change you wish to see in the world!
Mahatma Gandhi


At the heart of the Geneva School of Diplomacy (GSD) is the Humanitarian Initiative Programme (HIP), which aims to get our students in touch with their altruistic side and give back to the world by steering and supporting projects that enable us to do so. In order to keep the heart of this programme beating, we need your help. We simply ask you to support our various endeavours, by making a contribution to our fund. Any gift, large or small, is vitally important to our mission, and your participation is as important as the size of your gift.

If you have any questions regarding the HIP Programme and donations made, please contact Ms. Siofra Sharpe, Head of Humanitarian Affairs at GSD, for more information via:

Bank account details
Donations can be made by using the following bank details:

Account’s holder:  GSD HUMANITARIAN FUND (Geneva School of Diplomacy)
Address:  Château de Penthes, Chemin de l’Impératrice 18, 1292 Pregny /Switzerland
Name of the bank: UBS SA
Address of the bank: 8098 ZURICH / SWITZERLAND
Account #:  0228-558164.02Y
IBAN: CH400022822855816402Y
Reference: Humanitarian Initiative Program (HIP)

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.

Green Cross International


The mission of Green Cross International is to respond to the combined challenges of security, poverty and environmental degradation to ensure a sustainable and secure future. Green Cross works to prevent and resolve conflicts arising from environmental degradation and the growing demand for increasingly scarce natural resources with a focus on addressing the global water and energy challenges. The Smart Water for Green Schools (SWGS) project, which Green Cross started in 2010 to provide access to water and sanitation for communities in need around the world, contributes to international efforts to secure safe drinking water and sanitation for every human being. SWGS addresses children’s needs first, as they are more vulnerable to waterborne diseases, but does target entire communities.

SWGS methods include building infrastructure and empowering communities to maintain their own water supplies, reducing the risk of deadly waterborne diseases, promoting the sustainable use of water resources, and increasing school attendance, girls’ education and gender equality.

Smart Water for Green Schools has brought safe drinking water to 147,000 people in some 170 communities in Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Senegal, Argentina, Bolivia, Mexico, Sri Lanka, China, Ukraine and Brazil.

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

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