Support for Diaspora-based emergency response

08/04/2015

Diaspora groups are already heavily involved in development activities in their home countries. A recently launched innovative project explores how they act as providers of humanitarian aid and how to improve dialogue and enlarge coordination mechanisms between Diasporas and conventional humanitarian aid providers.

In a consortium with the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO), the Danish Refugee Council, and the African Foundation for Development (AFFORD), the Berghof Foundation investigates interventions of diaspora communities as providers of humanitarian aid and relief in Somalia, Sierra Leone and Syria.

Within the framework of the 17-months long project, the consortium partners will conduct studies on the modalities of diaspora-led interventions, organize seminars to enhance mutual understanding between diaspora and conventional actors of emergency response and develop recommendations for improved operational and strategic communication and cooperation between Diasporas and conventional actors.

The Berghof Foundation works in the framework of the DEMAC project with the Syrian Diaspora in Germany and in other European countries.

The 'Diaspora Emergency Aid & Coordination' -DEMAC project is funded by the EU's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO).

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