Diaspora have long been acknowledged as agents for sustainable development thanks to their unique relationship with their countries of heritage, often with a will to support and contribute to them practically.
There have been – and continue to be – many different mechanisms run by governments, international organisations and NGOs, as well as private programmes to encourage and facilitate diaspora support to countries of heritage through volunteering, skills transfer schemes and brain-gain programmes.
At EUDiF we believe in mainstreaming diaspora expertise for sustainable development when said diaspora expertise can bring added value. EUDiF will pilot a diaspora expertise mechanism. This mobilisation mechanism will seek to complement existing programmes and build the business case for hiring diaspora expertise when appropriate.
Initially, the diaspora expertise mechanism will be used by EUDiF to match and deploy diaspora experts for short-term development projects in partner countries and to build capacities in diaspora engagement for diaspora organisations and partner countries.
Long-term, we hope to refine the model to build a hub for diaspora expertise in Europe via which partner countries, EU Member States and international organisations can identify experts.
The pilot mechanism will open for diaspora expert registrations in summer 2020. Subsequently, a call for requests for expert support will be launched. Requests will be evaluated and selected according to criteria to be defined in the call for requests.
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