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Strengthening the intervention capacities of diaspora networks

Established in France in 2002, FORIM manages a unique structure whereby diaspora networks support diaspora organisations by accompanying them in project design and implementation in countries of origin. This promotes cascade learning and peer exchange. With the support of FORIM-accredited networks, individual diaspora organisations in France can apply for financing for micro-projects through FORIM’s PRA/OSIM programme (Programme d’Appui aux projets des Organisations de Solidarité Internationale issues de l’Immigration).

The networks are collectives of FORIM’s member organisations skilled in project design and management. On a yearly basis, they provide support on over 150 aspiring projects, including technical and intercultural expertise and familiarity with project implementation in territories of origin.

Develop the capacities of accredited support operators (networks) and FORIM's staff to support diaspora organisations in setting up and implementing development projects in their country of origin through cascade learning.
12 months
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Programme of activities

Strengthening FORIM’s support operator (i.e. networks) capabilities has a knock-on effect on the quality and developmental impact of diaspora-development projects implemented under the PRA/OSIM programme.

With EUDiF, FORIM is building the skills of support operators through courses on project management and accompaniment, public funds management, communication and gender mainstreaming, as well as sectoral competences (e.g. renewable energy and the green economy)

Course 1: Project management and accompaniment
Jul 22: Needs assessment

Experts Marianne Poisson and Robin Nael prepared and disseminated a questionnaire to support operators to self-assess their needs, learning priorities and expectations.

Aug 22: Development of training material

Based on the needs assessment, the experts developed the training material (including training content, power point presentations, group exercises and trainers' notes) grouped in three sessions:

  • To master the basics of andragogy and the attitudes to adopt when welcoming and accompanying diaspora organisations.
  • Develop the skills and approaches needed to support diaspora organisations in setting up and submitting projects
  • Develop the skills and approaches needed monitor accepted and/or rejected projects.
  • Jul - Dec 22: Organisation and delivery of online and on site training workshops

    Three online sessions and an onsite session in Paris were organised to deliver the training to 24 participants.

    Dec 22: Evaluation and feedback

    EUDiF and the experts prepared tailored feedback forms to assess the learnings and the satisfaction of participants with the activities.
    The experts subsequently created a "Frequently asked questions" list based on the feedback received during the sessions.

    Course 2: Better adaptation to public funds management
    Jul 22: Needs assessment

    Expert Mireille Jallet from ERASMED conducted the needs assessment by telephone calls and classified the support operators by their level of experience in funds management.

    Aug 22: Development of training material

    The training sessions aimed to help support operators master the main principles of a budget forecast and adopt a common language in public funds management.
    They also guided support operators in identifying and anticipating potential pitfalls of the project from the beginning, and to apply adapted solutions intended to reduce risk.
    The content included toolkits and guides to support these steps.

    Jul 22- Jan 23: Online and onsite training

    There were a total of seven sessions online and one onsite in Paris on 26 November; 38 participants attended the sessions.

    Jan 23: Evaluation and feedback

    The expert collected feedback at the end of every session, and collected written feedback at the end of the last session.

    Course 3: Communication
    Aug 22: Needs assessment

    Expert Randa Chekroun, former communication officer at FORIM, sent out a survey to support operators to evaluate their needs. Having worked so closely with them in the past, Randa already had a good idea of what could be required.

    Sep 22: Development of training material

    The three sessions had the following themes:

  • Designing a compelling presentation and capture your audience with a powerful presentation
  • Mobilise your network of organisations through different tools, including newsletters
  • Photos and video at the service of projects of international solidarity projects
  • Sep - Dec 22: Organisation and delivery of online and on site training workshops

    During three online sessions the expert shared theoretical and practical knowledge on the three themes with 26 participants.

    Dec 22: Evaluation and feedback

    Randa collected feedback from the support operators in feedback forms, and prepared a "frequently asked questions" list based on comments and feedbacks.

    Course 4: Gender mainstreaming
    Coming soon...

    Course 5: Clean energy
    Coming soon...

    Course 6: Green economy
    Coming soon...

    “These trainings allowed me to better understand how to manage the diaspora network-diaspora organisation relationship, and how to accompany an organisation within the framework of a project.”
    Support operator


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