About the Programme


The Danish Refugee Council's Diaspora Programme (DP) facilitates, supports and enhances the role of diaspora as agents of humanitarian assistance and development in their country of origin. The Diaspora Programme has two projects:

1. Diaspora Project Support

The Diaspora Project Support (DiPS) is a Danida funded project which focuses on Somalia and Afghanistan as these countries have a large diaspora in Denmark, and due to the fact that DRC's field presence enables us to support and monitor the implementation of the diaspora-led projects in these countries. Through the DP DiPS, Somali and Afghan diaspora organisations in Denmark can apply for funding to implement relief, rehabilitation and development projects in their countries of origin. In addition to the funding mechanism, the DP offers extensive capacity building activities in order to improve the diaspora organisations' capacities with regards to project design and management, thereby improving their capacity to develop sustainable and effective projects for the benefit of the Afghan and Somali people. Moreover, the project seeks to build evidence-based knowledge of the comparative value of diaspora engagement in development. 

2. Diaspora Emergency Action & Coordination (DEMAC) 

DEMAC is an ECHO-funded project that aims at improving diaspora emergency response capacity and coordination with the conventional humanitarian system. The project is implemented in consortium with three implementing partners: the African Foundation for Development (AFFORD) in UK, the Berghof Foundation in Germany, and the Danish Refugee Council in Denmark. It seeks to explore current intervention methods and organisational capacities of diaspora organisations as providers of emergency response and humanitarian aid, and improve coordination mechanisms between diasporas and conventional humanitarian systems.