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 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 humanitarian systems.
The project seeks to meet the objectives by:
1) 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;
2) 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 ;
3) Fostering links between diaspora actors, existing local and regional institutions/governments and international coordination mechanisms, as well as improving data sharing to facilitate information exchange by conducting meetings for diaspora organisations and conventional aid actors to address and reduce identified gaps in knowledge, perception and coordination on both sides;
4) Following up on implementation of diaspora commitments submitted at the World Humanitarian Summit;
5) Developing recommendations for improved operational and strategic communication and coordination between diasporas and humanitarian actors.
The DEMAC project is working with four specific diaspora communities in Europe:
- The Syrian Diaspora
- The Somali Diaspora
- The Nigerian Diaspora
- The Sierra Leonean Diaspora,
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.