OAS Diploma
Governance, Management and Leadership in the Inter-American System

It is an initiative of the OAS School of Governance and the technical areas of the General Secretariat.
Its main objective is to strengthening leadership skills and innovation capacities in public management, with a regional vision and a cross-cutting thematic perspective. Therefore, the Diploma addresses challenges related to democracy, human rights, multidimensional security and integral development. It trains officials and citizens with leadership potential, who are motivated and have an impact on their institutions and/or communities.

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The Diploma combines virtual courses with face-to-face presentations and workshops. To obtain the certification of the Diploma, 3 virtual trainings and one face-to-face week in Washington, D.C. should be taken.

Up to date, one edition of the face-to-face phase has taken place. It was in March 2019 at the Organization's headquarters in Washington D.C. This was held in Spanish and English. It offered the possibility of a direct exchange with specialists from different areas of the OAS, who participated as instructors.

During the OAS Diploma, participants also have the opportunity to listen to political figures of the region as was the case of the former president of Costa Rica Laura Chinchilla. She participated in the first edition, in which she highlighted the importance of the OAS Electoral Observation Missions and the participation of women in politics.

First edition of the Diploma was self-financed with a registration fee of $1,200 USD per person. 27 participants from 11 countries were trained. It was a multicultural experience between leaders from Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, St. Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago.

100% of participants approved the face-to-face phase and, for the time being, 4 people have finished the virtual courses, obtaining the Diploma certification.

OAS Diploma: Governance, Management and Public Leadership in the Inter-American System