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Welcome to iDiaspora

Migrants and diaspora communities are recognized for their invaluable role in society due to their rich cultural contributions, diverse voices, and their economic contributions to the countries they live in and come from, including philanthropy, entrepreneurship, and innovations. iDiaspora provides a platform to share your voice, to gain knowledge, and to engage with the global community committed to the importance of diaspora.


Becoming a member of iDiaspora will bring you closer with diaspora and expatriate communities globally for sharing your work with others, but also finding inspiration and new opportunities. You will have access to regularly updated news, relevant resources, learning and funding opportunities.
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From research to training materials, groups around the world are creating resources for transnational communities. iDiaspora aims to bring together resources from variety of partners in one place in order to help individuals and organisations in diaspora get the information they need to effectively engage as developmental actors.
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There are many ways to give back but its not always easy to find an outlet for our efforts. iDiaspora aims to link those that want to make a difference with concrete opportunities to forge a better future.
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Remittance as a source of lifeline

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Road Map for Engaging Diaspora in Development

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Diaspora engagement

Diaspora engagement has to potential to become a practice of choice for the public and private sector. We need to narrow the gaps in connectivity, knowledge and opportunity between these sectors to realize this potential. I sense iDiaspora is an important step-change in this journey and is a platform I look forward to seeing flourish.

~ Martin Russell, co-founder of the forthcoming DiasporaLab

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Veronica Uribe-Kessler
31 May 2023

Empowering the South American Diaspora as Agents for Sustainable Development - A Regional Assessment Study

The Regional Assessment report highlights how diasporas from South America are contributing to the development of their countries of origin, and how these countries can work with diaspora communities to maximize their impact. This multilevel study gathered primary data from six countries using a common participatory methodology and tools, which included more than 120 interviews and several focus…
IOM Rwanda
17 April 2023

Mapping the Rwandan Diaspora in Canada

The Mapping the Rwandan Diaspora in Canada report is the result of an extensive mapping exercise conducted in Canada between November 2021 and February 2022. The purpose of this report is to capture and highlight the insights and input from the 433 Rwandan - Canadian diaspora members who responded to the community survey and/or who participated in interviews and focus group discussions.
Using Facebook Ads for Diaspora Engagement on Humanitarian Assistance in the Philippines, a Case Study from Meta and IOM
Daphne Henning
09 March 2023

Using Facebook Ads for Diaspora Engagement on Humanitarian Assistance in the Philippines

The Data for Good unit at Meta and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) partnered to develop, launch and analyze a pair of online campaigns to raise awareness about the impact of recurring natural disasters in the Philippines in Filipino American communities. The campaigns ultimately reached over 10 million people and demonstrated the efficacy of digital outreach for engaging…
Veronica Uribe-Kessler
23 February 2023
Event Calendar

Save the Date: Global Diaspora Virtual Exchange on Communication to Boost Development

The International Organization for Migration (IOM),  iDiaspora, the Global Research Forum on Diaspora and Transnationalism (GRFDT), the Global Diaspora Confederation (GDC) and the Migration Youth and Children Platform (MYCP), are partnering to organise three Global Diaspora Virtual Exchanges on communication to boost diaspora engagement for development.
Daphne Henning
13 January 2023
Blog Entry

Diasporas Take the Lead in Addressing Humanitarian Gaps in COVID-19 Recovery, Reach 1.5 Million People in Lebanon, Tunisia and Zimbabwe

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has partnered with select diaspora organizations operating in Lebanon, Tunisia and Zimbabwe to implement a series of innovative projects in areas significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Collectively, these projects have reached upwards of 1.5 million people within the last six months.
Veronica Uribe-Kessler
22 December 2022

iDiaspora Newsletter - Issue 2 - December 2022

The Diaspora Team at the IOM HQ is pleased to present the second issue of the Global Diaspora Newsletter. Diasporas have invaluable economic, cultural, human, and social capital for societies. Governments, organizations, and partners across the world have recognized their potential as development actors in multiple initiatives. This newsletter seeks to highlight major diaspora stories, successes…
Veronica Uribe-Kessler
24 November 2022
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The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), through its Statistics and Population Divisions, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) are organizing the 3rd International Forum on Migration Statistics (IFMS 2023). The Forum will be held in Santiago, Chile, from 24 – 26 January 2023 as an in-…
12 September 2022
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Diaspora Mapping Toolkit

The IOM Diaspora Mapping Toolkit builds on the rich experience of more than 150 diaspora mappings conducted in various contexts, this toolkit presents a systematic, comprehensive yet highly flexible and agile approach to mapping the diaspora in different contexts. By following clear guidelines for collecting and analyzing data about diaspora communities, policymakers will be able to develop more…

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