1. Introduction

IMDID endorses the importance of youth development as a corporate responsibility to achieve sustainable, diplomatic, self-reliant and career oriented individuals, of which training, mentoring, modeling, supporting and empowering are the most significant elements. Accountability and transparency also remains the core elements, as we believe that they are paramount, and on which a relationship of trust between IMDID and all its stakeholders can be built. IMDID’s objective therefore is to be as open and transparent as possible about its mission, vision, structure, financial reporting, internal controls, networks and procedures and decision-making process.

The International Model Diplomats for Integrated Development continually monitors and assesses proposals, recommendations, initiatives and regulations regarding principles and practices of youth and human development.

From our perspective, IMDID has never been better positioned to deliver social services and solutions that help meet the current and future challenges of the youth. Over the past 4 years, IMDID has built a strong heritage of youth leadership with people who create the most listened to, most involving, and most loved conferences within areas of our work. Currently under the leadership of the Secretariat, our conferences, campaigns and other projects, we have continued to innovate around our entire work.

  1. History

International Model Diplomats for Integrated Development (IMDID) was founded in 7th January 2014 with the mission to provide innovative educational opportunities to the youth for better understanding of their role in issues of global and domestic civil society and to encourage awareness, tolerance and acceptance of the world’s people, cultures, beliefs, attitudes and values by organizing or promoting conferences and international forums.

The original impulse came from two people with different backgrounds. IMDID as a non-profit youth-led organization was started by a Ghanaian Database Administrator Gilbert Reinall Addo after he volunteered with a Ghanaian based volunteer and youth development group and, despite having a great time and developing personally, he was disillusioned with the relevance of the volunteer work he contributed to for social change, and Janet Beauty Owurani brought her experience from Girls Guild as a Child Development Expert, who was also an Educationist, with the original aim to provide career guidance and counseling and to provide education to children whose lives had been disrupted by certain socio-economic issues. Together, they called on Raymond Eduafo, a Banker and radical lifestyle activist; his starting point was to pull financial support for the initiative, volunteering and supporting to get the first Programs Coordinating Office at Roman Hill, Winneba in March 2014.

Gilbert conceived the idea of Protocol Ghana, which is today known as the International Model Diplomats for Integrated Development, a youthful initiative to train and network model diplomats so they can harness economic opportunities and develop their career.

Today, IMDID is going global, currently connecting youth leaders with a team in Ghana, Mali, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya and Nigeria, with the IMDID Network having members from Sierra Leone, Michigan, USA, Tanzania, Liberia and still expanding its network to advance the youth and to establish a platform where members add value to each other, where dreamers are raised and promoted, where dreams are revived and people are helped to discover their purpose and where leaders are raised and young adults are supported

  1. Profile

IMDID is a non-profit corporation that was created in 2014 to maintain and administer youth mentorship and development programs. We sponsor guest speakers and panel discussion on current international issues, help train Model Diplomats at various high schools, universities and communities, and create other projects for diplomatic upbringing of the youth, seeking other mechanisms through which we can become better corporate citizens and develop human capacities to unleash the potential of individuals.

At IMDID, we are guided by the speed principles of Creativity, Professionalism, Humanism, Adding Values and Commitment, which define our organizational values, and form the base of our culture and social activism.

Over the years, we have oriented series of plans to promote rapid socio-economic development. Thus we are well positioned to help the youth. At our Global Youth Diplomats Conference (GYDC), youths from across the globe play the role of foreign diplomats and participate in simulated sessions of the United Nations General Assembly, and other multilateral bodies in the UN system, as well as the African Union, European Union, which is a foundation to develop young adults in leadership skills and research, writing, public speaking and problem solving skills that would be essential in a life-time and for diplomacy. Participating in IMDID Conferences encourages consensus building, conflict resolution and cooperation and the enhancement of leadership skills. Many of the world’s leaders in law, government, business and the arts participated in Model UN programs during their youth. Participants in IMDID Conferences, known as model diplomats/delegates, are placed in committees and assigned countries, or occasionally other organizations or political figures, where they represent members of that body.