Jamil Ghafuri


The Diaspora Programme's different project operate touch on several thematic areas and across multiple geographies.

Current initatives

Afghan Safe Migration

With financial support from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) supports members of the Afghan diaspora in Denmark, Germany, and the Netherlands to engage with migrants and refugees in a way that reduces protection risks. The initiative, implemented from June 2019 until June 2022, involves the provisions of a social and behavioral change communication campaign (SBCC) to support and encourage potential Afghan migrants and migrants en route to adopt behaviors that maximize safety and avoid protection risks. This campaign is supported by research conducted by Mixed Migration Centre Asia.

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Visit Afghan Safe Migration's Facebook here

Afghan Diaspora Engagement in Europe (ADEE)

The project aims at supporting increased dialogue and agency within the Afghan diaspora in Europe. We will strive to improve coordination, increase collaboration across organisations and facilitate higher level of engagement and influence for the Afghan diaspora in Europe. 

This will be done through a series of online thematic workshops; advocacy events for Afghan diaspora women; a three and half-day advocacy training for Afghan diaspora from Europe, US, and Australia; online development training on development policy towards Afghanistan; and a two-day European conference with 100 participants.

Visit ADEE's page here.

Diaspora Emergency Action & Coordination (DEMAC)

DEMAC, or Diaspora Emergency Action & Coordination, is a global initiative hosted by DRC and funded by USAID aiming to facilitate higher level of engagement and visibility for diaspora organizations in the humanitarian system. This will be enabled through

  • Increasing awareness ​for diaspora’s humanitarian interventions​
  • Enhancing knowledge ​between diasporas and humanitarian institutions​
  • Improving coordination, ​communication and coherence of humanitarian response​

In the project phase from July 2020 to July 2022, DEMAC focuses on developing an operational framework and specific tools for diaspora organizations and humanitarian actors, with a specific focus on Ukraine, Pakistan and Somalia. Case-studies, real-time reviews, international events and workshops, among others, will support this objective.

Visit DEMAC's webpage here


Raphaël Capony, Project Coordinator
[email protected] 

Diaspora Business Entrepeneurs

DRCs country office in Ethiopia and DRCs Diaspora Programme in Copenhagen have joined hands to enhance diaspora business investment and engagement in the Somali Region of Ethiopia. The long term objective is, together with diaspora entrepreneurs, to create employment and job opportunities in the region. Through a consultant DRC will provide training for diaspora entrepreneurs living in EU, UK, US or Canada on how to develop individual business plans, how to access risk capital/ Islamic financing, how to get Ethiopian ID, and the wider legal framework for investment in Ethiopia. The project is funded by the EU.

Diaspora Project Support (DiPS)

The diaspora project support (DiPS) grant mechanism provides direct support to diaspora organizations. DiPS co-finance relief activities in Somalia and Afghanistan led by diaspora organizations, provide technical support and offer trainings and workshops to support diasporas as agents of change. DiPS is funded by Danida.

Visit DiPS's page here.


DiPS Annual Grand Meeting 2019.

Photo: Jamil Ghafuri

Thematic areas 

Project Support
Co-financing and supporting diaspora-led
relief and recovery activities in Somalia and

Humanitarian Coordination
Strengthening diaspora humanitarian response
capacity and facilitating enhanced
coordination in Syria, Somalia, Nigeria, Sierra
Leone, and soon Afghanistan.

DRC Programming
Supporting DRC field operations to promote
effective and relevant diaspora-programming
and engagement within durable solutions,
mixed migration, and business engagement in
Syria, Afghanistan, and Somalia.



Capacity enhancement
Providing resources, information, technical
support and training; and facilitating
mentoring and peer learning. Find out more

Advocacy, networking and knoweldge sharing
Developing and sharing evidence and
knowledge on diaspora engagement and
amplifying diaspora voices at local, national,
and international level. Access the resources



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Click next to see how we work across geographies.

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Afghanistan: The Diaspora Programme works with the Afghan diaspora in several different projects, covering the entire range of our programmatic themes. Through the Afghan Diaspora Engagement in Europe, focus falls upon network and knowledge through increased dialogue and cooperation between Afghan Diaspora organisations in Europe, and with the Afghan government itself. The ADIP projects emphasizes humanitarian coordination through engagement with Afghan migrants and refugees in order to reduce protection risk. Finally, Afghan diaspora organisations can find project support and capacity enhancement through the DiPS project.

Afghans in Europe. Jamil Ghafuri

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Somalia: The Diaspora Programme's involvement with the Somali Diaspora falls under both the DiPS and DEMAC projects. The DiPS project works with the Somali Diaspora to increase their capacity to manage projects in their country of origin. For DEMAC, Somalia is one of the three countries chosen for case studies on ongoing humanitarian crises and diaspora engagement, aiming to improve humanitarian coordination.

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Iraq: While we no longer work with the Iraqi Diaspora, we have completed a mapping of Iraqi Diaspora organisations in Denmark in 2018, which you can find under our 'knoweldge sharing' page.

DRC Iraq, 2016.

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Across geographies: DEMAC is a global initiative aiming to facilitate a higher level of engagement and visibility for diaspora organizations in the humanitarian system by increasing awareness for diasporas' humanitarian interventions, enhancing knowledge between diasporas and humanitarian institutions and improving coordination, communication and coherence of humanitarian response