Training method: tools and theory

The Clingendael Academy uses different interactive and innovative methods to practise with sustainability and economic challenges. These range from negotiation simulations, case studies, policy writing exercises and speed dating sessions with experts from the field, to matchmaking exercises.

Our training programmes on economic and sustainable development always contain a combination of skills, theory, and policy processes.


Economic Development

Sustainable Development


  • Economic Diplomacy
  • Top Sector and priority country identification;
  • Foreign Direct Investment Promotion
  • Public Diplomacy and Country Branding
  • Trade Diplomacy and Trade Negotiations
  • Bretton Woods Institutions (WTO)
  • Export Development
  • Matchmaking
  • Corporate Social Responsibility 
  • Agenda 2030
  • Transboundary water management
  • Planetary security
  • Ocean management
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Blue economy and blue diplomacy
  • Sustainable development diplomacy
  • Climate change negotiations and policy implementation
  • Negotiations on natural resources


Working processes

  • Trade Negotiations
  • Setting up a trade mission
  • Country branding
  • Analysing export models
  • Matchmaking with companies


  • Policy making for sustainable development
  • Interdepartmental negotiations
  • Financing for development
  • Institutional complexity



  • (Trade) Negotiation skills
  • Network mapping
  • Analytical skills
  • Advocacy and promotion Organizational skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Teamwork


  • Stakeholder analysis
  • Negotiation skills
  • Scenario planning
  • Strategic thinking
  • Consensus building
  • Effective influencing
  • Leadership training