Apart from the “Dag Hammarskjöld Day”, the DHY training programme is divided into 4 segments spread over 4 days. The focus of the training will lay in challenges confronted by the participants in their work at home, what is hindering their success, and how to overcome these adversities. From this exchange they will learn of various cultural and organisational differences that might be found in their respective environments of operation. The DHY watchwords ‘Courage, Integrity and Compassion,’ values we believe Mr Hammarskjöld embodied, will be an integral part of the training programme and the participants shall through discussions discover these words’ practical application, and how they as fellows of the DHY Alumni Network, can further young leadership and progressive solutions back home and globally. From the discussions and concurrent information, participants will be tasked with identifying relevant information and process it in writing, from which two outcome (research) documents will be produced.


Each day shall also see one professional lecturer on the respective topic of the segment.  Lecturers will be announced closer to the event.

First segment: “Experienced local challenges”

The first segment consists of individual presentations of experienced local challenges. It shall be completely based on the participants’ own professional experience, and the work they have conducted in their own countries and communities.


Each participant will hold a presentation of the various experienced challenges, keeping in mind 4 categories:

1. Internal: e.g. to do with their association itself, organisation, corruption.

2. External: e.g. to do with their respective country and its laws, or other groups.

3. Output: e.g. the association reaching its target audience or reaching out.

4. Financial: e.g. economic reliance and challenges to acquire necessary funding.


During this and the second segment, the participants will learn of each other’s various challenges and work, how different NGOs in different environments use different ways of organisation, and how hierarchies and cultural differences provide different challenges as well as opportunities and inspiration.

Second Segment: “Elucidation of challenges”

The second segment consists of analysis and the elucidation of presented challenges. The participants will be split into (diverse) groups, depending on their country profile. In these groups they will identify what challenges, which they have presented, belong to what category. Later on the groups will be rearranged into a different setting of country profile and map the challenges as ‘universal’ or ‘contextual’. Based on the country profile the groups will identify what challenges are shared as well as elucidate what challenges are specific and not shared by all profiles.


From segment 1 and 2, the information gathered shall be the basis in the creation of the database – the first of two outcome documents.

Third Segment: “Overcoming challenges”

The third segment will consist of discussions on how to overcome the presented challenges. Once again the participants will be divided into groups; this time the first constellation of these groups will be those with universal (shared) challenges and later mixed with both universal and contextual. In these groups, discussions on how to overcome the challenges will be at the centre, focused first on what one can do using what resources and tools are available and at hand, followed by how one can use external and international means. Great emphasis will be put on how we as members of various NGOs can contribute in how our different NGOs can increase cooperation and better help one other.

Fourth Segment: Courage, Integrity and Compassion

The fourth segment will raise the DHY motto and the watchwords “Courage, Integrity and Compassion”, apart from the ‘Dag Hammarskjöld Day’, this is how we bring Mr Hammarskjöld into the training programme explicitly. These are values we believe Mr Hammarskjöld embodied throughout his life and conduct as a civil servant, values that should be upheld by any forward-thinking leader. Our participants will first discuss the practical employment of the watchwords, this based on the presentations and previous, discussions. How might one practically apply the watchwords in order to overcome the challenges that have been discussed?


Lastly the participants shall, together with the Secretariat, attempt to find out what it means to be a fellow of the DHY Alumni Network and how we may best act both as a group and as individuals, to uphold Mr Hammarskjöld’s Legacy in our future work.