At EUDiF, we believe in mobilising, mainstreaming and maximising diaspora expertise for sustainable development when it can bring added value. Diaspora Professionals 4 Development (DP4D) is a small-scale human capital transfer initiative. It provides support to partner countries via virtual and/or short-term onsite assignments of professionals from the diaspora in key sectors. This pilot mechanism aims to make the most of the know-how and enthusiasm of professionals from diaspora of our partner countries who are willing to share their skills and experience in development projects in their country of heritage.

Central and local authorities from partner countries, as well as regional organisations, can submit a request for support via DP4D. Check the Guidelines for Request Submission for more information.

Core features:

  • Global coverage offering support in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America & the Caribbean, Middle East, and the Pacific
  • Fair compensation for diaspora professionals in return for their work
  • Sectoral focus on development areas where diaspora expertise can bring an added value. Priority sectors are: digitalisation, education, entrepreneurship, environment and health

Eligible support examples:

Core knowledge transfer activities:

  • Trainings of trainers in the country of heritage;
  • Specialised thematic seminars, workshops, mentoring, creation of group of excellences, training and information exchange sessions;

Assignments in host institutions:

  • Assistance to draft strategic and policy documents such as policies, laws, strategies, SOPs, recommendations, action plans, programmes, etc.;
  • Support to the development of practical tools such as manuals, curricula, handbooks, methodologies;
  • Gaps and needs assessments, evaluations of institutional structures and feasibility studies;
  • Support to the development of information and awareness-raising campaigns as well as communication skills;
  • Data collection and data sharing exercises.

Non-eligible support: equipment, material and ad hoc / time-limited actions that lack sustainability.

Who can be a diaspora professional? You, if…
  • You are an emigrant or descendant of emigrants from a DEVCO partner country who actively maintains links with and is willing to contribute to the development of your country of heritage.

  • You are available to travel to and work in your country of heritage for at least five days per year

  • You have at least five years of professional expertise in a development-relevant sector. EUDiF priority sectors:

    • Digitalisation
    • Education
    • Environment
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Health

For more information, read the call for short-term diaspora engagement experts and diaspora professionals.

  • N.B. We also welcome all experts in diaspora-engagement to register for involvement in capacity development activities, regardless of diasporic identity.
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August 2020
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