Improving diaspora emergency response capacity
Diasporas are key actors in disaster and manmade crisis response, with an ability to quickly mobilize assistance, channel information, analyse and advocate; yet, diaspora emergency response is mainly provided in parallel to existing international and national systems and mechanisms seeking to coordinate responses to humanitarian disasters.
Beyond this general knowledge of broader patterns of diaspora-led humanitarian engagement, there is little detailed, factual and structured information on modes, methods and means of diaspora-based aid provision.
The DEMAC, "Diaspora Emergency Action and Coordination", project aims to address these gaps of information and enhance mutual understanding between diaspora-led and conventional actors of emergency response.
Diaspora organisations have come together to draft a Joint Commitments Statement for the World Humanitarian Summit. These Commitments outline how the Diaspora will interact with the humanitarian sector going forward. Commitments