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DEMAC will publish beginning of February 2018 the results of its last study about Diaspora Interventions in Somalia, Syria and Nigeria. Based on findings, the study report will provide concrete recommendations to improve humanitarian effectiveness which take into account operational realities, the capacities and expertise of the diaspora groups as well as the knowledge and experience of international NGOs. More information coming soon!

Creating an e-learning tool for Diaspora

DEMAC is in the process of creating an e-learning tool for diaspora humanitarians which will be available on Kaya platform

The findings of DEMAC pointed towards further need for technical and operational capacity building for diaspora organizations to be able to engage in equitable partnerships with institutional humanitarian actors see: full report

The identified needs include, amongst others, training in core humanitarian principles, on technical and operational skills as well as on advocacy, relationship-building and resource mobilization.

The proposed E-Learning target diaspora organizations that require tailor-made technical and operational trainings to improve their interventions effectiveness and enable them to establish further cooperation with formal humanitarian actors. DEMAC intends to support peer-to-peer learning, so diaspora organizations can learn from those diaspora organisations with higher capacity and longer-term experience. In order to increase outreach and sustainability, developed training programmes will be available online. We also hope that the training will enable the diaspora organisations to train their local partners where needed.

If there are any diaspora organisations who would like to help in the development of the e-learning through completing our short survey: short survey or taking part in the reviewing phase please contact


DEMAC is launching a remote Micro-Mentoring Initiative to provide long-distance learning and support opportunities to local organizations in selected countries (e.g. Syria, Somalia, Nigeria) through matching them with volunteer mentors from the diaspora community in Europe. The diaspora community will thus contribute to enhancing technical and operational capacities of local and national organizations based in their country of origin, empowering them to have more impact in their respective communities and fields of operation.

The mentors and mentees will engage long-distance via email, phone, Skype, Whatsapp, etc. to ensure effective communication at minimum cost. If successful, the project can be potentially scaled up to embrace more organizations and volunteer mentors, and to encompass more locations. If you are interested to contribute to this micro-mentoring initiative, please send an Email to:

DEMAC Workshop in Berlin, 25. November 2017

On 25th of November, DEMAC organised a workshop for Syrian diaspora humanitarians to exchange views and assessments of the most pressing developments and trends in Syria and the neighboring countries. The workshop set out to look at questions such as: Is the Syrian diaspora positioned and prepared appropriately to address these trends and challenges? What kind of support is needed in terms of networks, coordination and organizational capacity to deal with them? And to provide space to explore other areas of import to Syrian diaspora humanitarians.

The workshop report can be found here. If you have any questions or would like to know about future events, please email Nora Rathje

DEMAC at WHS Follow-up Meetings in New-York

12-13 December 2017

As DEMAC being part of the Agenda for Humanity initiatives, Mingo Heiduk, DRC Diaspora Programme Head of Unit, attended on behalf of DEMAC the Workshop on advancing the ambition of the Agenda for Humanity - Learning from the process so far and moving the change agenda forward on 12 December 2017, and the Global Humanitarian Policy Forum on 13 December 2017 in New-York.

Both events were focusing on operationalizing commitments to local humanitarian action. Since the WHS, discussions around the need to ‘reinforce, not replace’ local humanitarian action have gained significant traction, yet progress towards real change at the operational level remains slow. This workshop looked at practical examples from different contexts where the interplay of local humanitarian action with the international system has been effective, and why it has worked. The objective of the workshop was to articulate key steps to structure discussions on local humanitarian action at the global level, guided by visions for the future articulated by local actors themselves.

Interesting reading

First annual synthesis report on progress since the World Humanitarian Summit: Synthesis Report

The official OCHA blog post about the Forum: Blog Post

Webinar on Consortium Management

On a request from the Syrian diaspora organizations, DEMAC organized a Webinar on Consortium management on 14 December 2017. The webinar addressed core issues of successful consortium management from common budgeting and proposal writing to coordination and communication structures. The presentation was followed by a Q&A session to address the specific needs and concerns of the audience. 21 participants attended the Webinar.

The DEMAC Team is ready to organize this Webinar again if other diaspora organizations are interested in this topic. DEMAC can also organize other Webinars on request. Please send your request to:

CALL: Could your language skills help people in north-east Nigeria?

Translators without Borders (TWB) is a non-profit organization that provides people with access to vital information in a language they understand. We do this with the support of thousands of volunteer translators working remotely from around the globe.

TWB is providing translation services to humanitarian organizations in the region and to do this they are looking for:

Professional translators who can translate between English and Hausa or Kanuri; and
Speakers of other languages of the north-east who may not be qualified but are able to translate between their own languages and English, Hausa or Kanuri - particularly Fula/Fulani/Fulfulde, Gamargu/Malgwa/Mandara, Marghi, and Chadian (Shuwa) Arabic.

We would be grateful if you could share this call for volunteers with people you think would be interested. If you are interested in volunteering for TWB please apply here

Please do not hesitate to contact should you have any questions. TWB looks forward to hearing from you!



Introduction to Humanitarianism in Urban Settings
26 January - 2 February 2018
London, UK

Training: Introduction to the Core Humanitarian Standards
Registration Deadline: 08 February 2018
Dates: 22 February 2018
London, UK

Tra UCL IRDR careers and Opportunities Fair
28 February 2018
London, UK


05 - 07 March 2018
Sheikh Rashid Hall, Dubai

Global Disaster Relief & Development Summit
05 - 06 September 2018
Washington DC, USA

14 - 15 November 2018
Brussels, Belgium

DEMAC Newsletter January 2018