The vision of the DEMAC platform is to increase aid effectiveness for crises-affected populations by empowering diaspora humanitarians and their local partners to effectively respond, coordinate and advocate during emergencies, shocks and crises.
DEMAC works to identify and document the complementary value of diaspora emergency assistance, and to facilitate relevant operational links between diaspora and other local and international humanitarian actors engaged in emergency response at policy and operational level, which is crucial to improving the lives of communities affected by humanitarian crises.
As a humanitarian collaborative platform and community of practice, DEMAC is providing data, analysis, information and coordination on diaspora humanitarian action, as well as offering and strengthening access to capacity building for diaspora initiatives. The DEMAC platform enables diaspora humanitarian organisations, their local partners and formal humanitarian institutions to share knowledge and information, and to build complementarity partnerships to influence policy and practice for increased collaboration and coordination, towards a better overall response.
The objective is to provide a vital service to both the diaspora and the humanitarian sector, supporting complementary, localized approaches to humanitarian assistance, and encouraging smarter use of existing resources such as remittances. The change we are seeking to induce is a more effective diaspora-led emergency response and a more inclusive, interoperable humanitarian eco-system.
DEMAC CORE ACTIVITIES:
Providing insight into current modalities of diaspora humanitarian initiatives by undertaking evaluation of diaspora initiatives’ capacities and interventions, their networks and linkages with the formal humanitarian sector, local partners and affected communities;
Building technical and operational capacity of diaspora actors and their local partners, and formal humanitarian actors awareness and collaboration capacity by providing online training and improving intra- and inter-diaspora coordination and peer learning ;
Fostering links between diaspora actors, local and international coordination mechanisms, as well as improving data sharing to facilitate information exchange to address and reduce identified gaps in knowledge, perception and coordination on both sides;
Supporting the diaspora organisations that endorsed the Diaspora WHS commitments to live up and achieve the 17 commitments submitted at the World Humanitarian Summit;
Developing recommendations for improved operational and strategic communication and coordination between diasporas and humanitarian actors.
Through increased awareness raising, advocacy and information exchanges, DEMAC will build on and further strengthen its unique position and strong network with relevant diaspora actors and formal humanitarian agencies such as OCHA, the Inter-Agency Standing Committee, the Digital Humanitarian network, the Humanitarian Leadership Academy, UNHCR, IOM, DRC, Save the Children etc., as well as with key donors. DEMAC will actively harness opportunities for equitable, sustainable collaboration and partnerships between diaspora organisations and other humanitarian actors. DEMAC focus countries are currently Somalia, Syria, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. In 2019, we intend to also include Afghanistan as a fourth focus country. DEMAC’s ultimate aim is to work with diaspora in all relevant humanitarian crises.