Last week, on 30 June, we saw the successful conclusion of the Connecting Diaspora for Development project after three years of rewarding work. Throughout the project, IOM the Netherlands facilitated 213 assignments of qualified diaspora in Somalia/Somaliland, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Morocco, Afghanistan, and more recently Iraq. It has been a pleasure witnessing the achievements and impact created by our participants in the various sectors they were active in, such as rule of law, agriculture, healthcare, education, and various others. We thank you all for your passion and commitment. For highlights, please have a look at our participant success stories here.
We also wish to sincerely thank our partners for the fruitful collaboration over the last three years – the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (donor), Maastricht Graduate School of Governance, VSO Netherlands, PUM (Netherlands Senior Experts), TNU (The Network University), Nuffic, and Georgina Kwakye (Pimpmyvillage). The current result would not have been possible without them.
However, this is not a ‘goodbye’, but a ‘see you soon’ as a second phase of Connecting Diaspora for Development is currently in the works! In this next phase, we aim to bring together the knowledge transfer component from the concluded CD4D project, as well as the entrepreneurship component from our sister-project, Entrepreneurship by Diaspora for Development. Our focus countries will most likely be Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, and Somalia. More information will follow once the project has been approved and set in motion.