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.