The Capacity Development Lab aims to empower diaspora organisations in Europe and partner countries to enhance collaboration for development and improve enabling environments. To this end EUDiF provides demand-driven, tailored and tangible support to test innovative approaches for diaspora engagement. EUDiF targets three capacity development levels of intervention: individual (skills, experiences and knowledge), organisational (procedures, structures and frameworks) and enabling environment (institutional, system and behavioural changes).

As a pilot project, the Capacity Development Lab will support a limited number of actions and ensure a geographic and thematic balance in line with its global scope. EUDiF will open a limited call for capacity development requests in autumn 2020. Requests will be selected according to the following criteria: relevance, coherence, sustainability, impact.

Simultaneously, EUDiF is running a small-scale human capital transfer scheme, the Diaspora Expertise Mechanism, to deploy diaspora professionals to their countries of heritage for knowledge transfer and institutional support.

Diaspora-engagement experts interested in working with the CDL are invited to register via the Diaspora Expertise Mechanism, regardless of diasporic identity. Full details on the call for short-term experts are available here.

Eligible support examples:

  • Assistance in drafting legislations, by-laws supporting enabling environments, diaspora investment strategies or other policy documents and related implementation plans;
  • Development of training manuals, curricula and handbooks, SOPs, guidelines etc;
    • Gaps and needs assessments, evaluations and analyses of policy, institutional and legal framework;
    • Trainings of trainers, thematic workshops, training sessions, peer exchanges and study visits;
    • Development of methodologies and tools on data collection;
    • Information and awareness-raising campaigns and other visibility and communication activities.

Non-eligible support: grants, materials and equipment.

Requests for support from the Capacity Development Lab will be welcome as of autumn 2020 from local and national authorities of DEVCO partner countries, diaspora organisations in Europe and regional organisations.
Joint applications
We strongly encourage joint requests (e.g. a diaspora organisation with its country of heritage) as a way to embed multi-stakeholder collaboration.
Requests may include other actors in the diaspora-development ecosystem as partners (e.g. private sector; civil society organisations; academia). However, the request must be led by an eligible ‘applicant’.
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Capacity Development Lab timeline
Summer 2020
Open call for experts to support the implementation of capacity development actions
Autumn 2020 - Spring 2021
Open applications for capacity development requests. Information on the procedure will be shared on the website
Autumn 2020 - Autumn 2022
Implementation and monitoring of pilot capacity development actions
Autumn 2021
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