Miljoenen mensen ter wereld hebben hun geboorteland verlaten om zich in een ander land te vestigen. Daarbij verliezen ze hun roots niet uit het oog; veel migranten sturen geld naar hun familie, zetten hun netwerken in en benutten hun know-how voor ontwikkeling.
Op 3 mei vertoont de Internationale Organisatie voor Migratie (IOM) in Humanity House in Den Haag de documentaire 'Als ik daar ben' van Marjolein Veldman. Kennis en ervaring van experts uit de diaspora heeft een belangrijke invloed op de groei en ontwikkeling van hun land van herkomst. Dit was aanleiding voor IOM om een niewue website te ontwikkelen: Connecting Diaspora for Development, waarop deskundigen zich kunnen aanmelden voor korte uitzendingen bij geselecteerde projecten in zes landen.
Through short physical and online assignments, professional diaspora experts are linked to key institutions identified by the six target countries: Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Ghana, Morocco, Sierra Leone and Somalia.
The website provides relevant information about the priority sectors and institutions in all target countries and an overview of all vacancies with host institutions. Interested candidates can apply directly via the website.
Selected participants are encouraged to give visibility to their engagement with the host institution via blogs and vlogs on the website. The strengthened connections between diaspora individuals and the host institutions will contribute to reconstruction and sustainable development in the countries of origin.
Besides Morocco, CD4D will be active in Afghanistan, Somalia, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia and Ghana. Each country will initiate its own kick off meeting by bringing together the main stakeholders, identify best practices and formulate the way forward. Through temporary physical and online assignments, professional diaspora members living and working in the Netherlands are linked to host institutions.
For Morocco CD4D will run until the end of September 2017 and will focus on consolidating and sustaining diaspora interventions that took place in the framework of IOM’s successful project Temporary Return of Qualified Nationals (TRQN).
The workshop was attended by members of MCAN,a group of young doctors with Afghan background, dedicated to help Afghanistan in the rebuilding process and a health professional from the Sierra Leonean diaspora.
The training proved to be very useful and interactive. IOM will organize similar trainings in the near future for diaspora professionals, who will be engaged in CD4D. In addition we intend to offer a platform, where our CD4D participants can start a crowdfunding initiative for the institution, where they are assigned.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in The Netherlands and The Sierra Leone Central Union (SLCU) will work in tandem to organize the Sierra Leone Diaspora Information Meeting for Sierra Leonean professionals with Dutch residence that are interested in the Connecting Diaspora for Development Project (CD4D).
23 September2016 15.00 hrs - 19.00 hrs. World Trade Center, The Hague (19 floor) Prinses Beatrixlaan 582, 2595 BM The Hague
September saw the official launch of IOM NL’s new project Connecting Diaspora for Development (CD4D). IOM Focal Points from four participating countries (Sierra Leone, Somalia, Afghanistan and Ethiopia) and representatives from partner organizations and the Dutch government met in The Hague for a kick-off meeting and training on the concept of Theory of Change.
The kick-off meeting was followed by a first Taskforce meeting with representatives of our project partners, which include the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, PUM, EP-Nuffic NICHE, ADPC, VSO NL, TNU and the Maastricht University (MGSG).
To identify priority sectors and potential key institutions for its CD4D project IOM NL visited Sierra Leone, one of the partner countries. Sierra Leone’s Vice President His Excellency Mr. Victro Bockarie Foh expressed the importance of Sierra Leone’s diaspora in the post Ebola recovery and development of the country. The involvement of the diaspora in the development of Sierra Leone is one of his priorities.