Funded by ECHO, the Diaspora Emergency Action and Coordination (DEMAC) project is implemented by Danish Refugee Council, AFFORD-UK, and the Berghof Foundation to improve diaspora emergency response capacity and coordination with the conventional humanitarian system.

The main objective of the DEMAC project is to explore current intervention methods and organisational capacities of Diasporas organisations as providers of humanitarian aid, and improve coordination mechanisms between Diasporas and conventional humanitarian systems.

The project seeks to meet the objectives by:

  1. Providing insight into current modalities of diaspora humanitarian initiatives;

  2. Conducting seminars for diaspora organisations and conventional aid actors to address and reduce identified gaps in knowledge, perception and coordination on both sides,

  3. Developing recommendations for improved operational and strategic communication and coordination between diasporas and conventional humanitarian actors.

The DEMAC project is working with three specific diaspora communities in three different countries:

  • The Sierra Leonean Diaspora in United Kingdom,
  • The Syrian Diaspora in Germany,
  • The Somali Diaspora in Denmark

By exploring the above, it is expected that the DEMAC project will contribute with knowledge and knowhow to Diaspora communities, humanitarian aid organisations, and policy makers, thereby adding to the further amelioration of humanitarian aid responses and actors to the benefit of affected populations.