Global Diaspora Virtual Exchange on Powerful Transnational Partnerships: Diaspora to Diaspora Collaboration

Since 2020, the Global Diaspora Virtual Exchanges stand as a unique and crucial platform, facilitating the global convergence of diasporas to exchange best practices and collaboratively enhance their engagement, empowerment, and enablement. This initiative serves as a catalyst, empowering diaspora leaders and organizations to actively contribute to development endeavors.  In the past three editions, the Global Diaspora Virtual Exchanges have underscored the increasingly crucial role of diaspora leaders and organizations as pivotal contributors to development and humanitarian efforts. In 2020, diasporas demonstrated their swift and effective response to the pandemic. Shifting focus in 2021, their efforts centered on providing concrete advice to address three key challenges: building trust, mobilizing resources, and ensuring sustainability. The dialogue in 2023 revolved around discussing strategies to enhance communication skills in project management.  These dialogues, engaging diaspora leaders, policymakers, academics, and youth, have been instrumental in establishing an ecosystem aimed at maximizing diaspora engagement. Partnerships forged during these exchanges have facilitated the sharing of best practices, the provision of specific guidance, the expansion of impact through connections, and the amplification of voices for diaspora initiatives, including the founding of the Global Diaspora Confederation (GDC). Nonetheless, the importance of further strengthening and deepening partnerships between diasporas and other key actors continues to recur as key element in the evolution of diaspora engagement globally.  The establishment of a multi-stakeholder platform aligns closely with the foundational principles outlined in the Dublin Declaration, the outcome document of the Global Diaspora Summit, as well as the insights gathered from the discussions during the Global Diaspora Week 2023, organized by the GDC, and focused on diaspora partnerships. Building on these conversations and conclusions, the Global Diaspora Virtual Exchanges will delve deeper into partnerships between diaspora leaders and various key stakeholder groups. These groups include the public sector, both at national and local levels, the private sector, and collaborations among diaspora organizations. Each session is designed to explore effective and ineffective aspects of collaboration within each type, aiming to unlock the full potential of diaspora contributions to development and humanitarian efforts. The objective is to align seamlessly with the vision outlined in the Dublin Declaration, striving for impactful and sustainable outcomes. This alignment is achieved through the strategic harnessing of collective diaspora strength and expertise.  Global Diaspora Virtual Exchange consists of a series of three sessions in April, May and June. Learn more about future exchanges and register here.

Humanitarian Congress Berlin 2024

Critical Choices: Triaging Humanitarian Priorities Please save the date and join us for the 26th Humanitarian Congress Berlin, taking place on 16-17 October 2024 (in-person and online) at Urania Berlin, An der Urania 17, 10787 Berlin.We are excited to announce that the Humanitarian Congress Berlin will be back with two days of in-person and hybrid sessions, workshops, and our exhibition and exchange area – the Humanitarian Forum. Whether you are a current, former or future humanitarian expert, politician, thought leader, media professional or researcher interested in driving positive change through critical debate, this event is for you. This year’s programme will revolve around navigating humanitarian needs against the backdrop of diverse crises. The rise of authoritarian regimes, a global shift towards right-wing politics, the climate crisis, the systematic erosion of humanitarian principles and attacks on humanitarians accompanied by drastic budget cuts amongst others are putting unprecedented pressure on humanitarian actors, further politicising them and endangering their safety. The congress will explore how, besides growing priorities in a multipolar world, a coherent vision for humanitarian intervention as well as forward-thinking approaches such as the use of AI in humanitarian action, anticipatory action, and the long-term consequences of crises can be applied to seek solutions for equitable, resilient, and sustainable futures. For further updates and details, visit our website and follow us on X @humconberlin (#HCBerlin). An official invitation including the online registration will follow in due course. We would be delighted to welcome you to the Humanitarian Congress Berlin 2024. This event is hosted by Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors without Borders, Médecins du Monde / Doctors of the World, and the German Red Cross, in partnership with Oxfam Germany.
Urania Berlin
Doctors without Borders, Doctors of the World, German Red Cross in partnership with Oxfam Germany

Return 2 Congo: one week in Kinshasa

The curated trip will connect individuals of Congolese descent, and those who are interested in Congo, with changemakers, leaders, entrepreneurs and opportunities in the country. Registrations are open, fill out the sign-up form if you're interested and we will get back to you with details on how to reserve your spot.Spaces are limited and the first deposit from all participants must be received by March 31, 2024.  This trip will be an exploration of the business and impact opportunities available in Kinshasa, as well as the financial and political capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo.  The inaugural Return 2 Congo will connect the Diaspora, and interested parties, with Congolese leaders, entrepreneurs and change-makers across multiple sectors such as agriculture, supply chain, real estate, finance, hospitality and more.  The trip will also include opportunities to discover and enjoy the culture, arts, entertainment, and history of the city. Itinerary:  Day 1 – Friday, Nov 22: Arrival in Kinshasa Day 2 – Saturday, Nov 23: Fashion | Arts | Culture  Day 3 – Sunday, Nov 24: Rest & Tourism Day 4 – Monday, Nov 25: Banking | Finance | Fintech Day 5 – Tuesday Nov 26: Agribusiness | Food & Beverage Day 6 – Wednesday, Nov 27: Real Estate | Hospitality Day 7 – Thursday, Nov 28: Diaspora Networking Day 8 – Friday Nov 29: Flights back to the U.S., Canada, and Europe Photo credit: Unsplash/Kaysha
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Congolese Diaspora Impact Strategies (CDIS)

DEMAC is a global initiative aiming at enhancing mutual knowledge and coordination, communication and coherence between diaspora humanitarian actors and the institutional humanitarian system.

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