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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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28 August 2023|Promotional Videos

Join the Diaspora Organizations Training Survey (DOTS) with Cécile Riallant

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Remittance as a source of lifeline

03 February 2023|Promotional Videos

Road Map for Engaging Diaspora in Development

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iDiaspora is a developing platform and we need your help to continue to grow. We are looking for ideas, thoughts, and opinions to help us innovate iDiaspora.

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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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31 August 2023

Diaspora and Transnational identities - An Analysis of Legal Frameworks and Policies

Diasporas possess unique qualities that make them valuable partners in the Humanitarian Development Peace Nexus. They have the knowledge, networks and motivation to effectively respond to emergencies and contribute to long-term development solutions.
31 August 2023
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Launch of the new study: Diaspora and Transnational Identities – An Analysis of Legal Frameworks and Policies

Migrants and diaspora communities play a pivotal role in enhancing global interconnectedness by fostering international ties and knowledge transfer, driving development on various fronts. To unlock their full potential, collaborative ecosystems and inclusive legal and policy frameworks are crucial for their comprehensive involvement in political and economic processes. 
Daphne Henning
21 August 2023

Call for Expression of Interest: Supporting Somalia Communities

As part of Phase III of the Framework for Diaspora Engagement in Humanitarian Assistance, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is pleased to announce a new Call for Expression of Interest (CEI). This CEI invites diaspora organizations to propose interventions addressing specific needs stemming from multiple crises that have afflicted Somalia in recent years. The interventions,…
09 August 2023

Impactful Skills, Effective Strategies and Innovative Tools

In 2023, 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) partnered to organize three Global Diaspora Virtual Exchanges on communication, aiming to boost diaspora engagement for development. The core focus was on refining…
09 August 2023

DIASPORAS AND THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS: A snapshot of the available evidence

KEY POINTS • IOM defines diasporas as migrants or descendants of migrants whose identity and senses of belonging, either real or symbolic, have been shaped by their migration experience and background (see Figure 1). • At least 280,5 million people – around 3 per cent of the global population - live in a country other than their country of origin. • More than 70 percent of countries…
08 August 2023
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Geneva – The International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) and the Global Forum on Migration and Development today launched the call for nominations for the Migrant4Climate (M4C) Award 2023 showcasing the con
02 August 2023

Diaspora in Action Twenty Success Stories from Diaspora Experts

IOM the Netherlands has nearly twenty years of experience implementing various diaspora engagement programmes. These programmes promote development through diaspora engagement. Connecting Diaspora for Development is the most recent programme in which diaspora members acted as actors for development in their countries of origin. In addition to demonstrating the value of diaspora contributions, the…
27 July 2023

Mapping the Rwandan Diaspora in the United States of America

Mapping the Rwandan Diaspora in the United States of America is the report on a mapping exercise that took place in the United States of America from November 2021 to March 2022. The study aimed to gain insights into the socioeconomic profile, professional skills and expertise of this population and assess their capacity, level of interest and motivation to participate and engage in…

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