Pilot phase

(2010 - 2012)

Presentation of diaspora pilot project

The Danida funded pilot project Fund for Diaspora Involvement in Rehabilitation and Development in Former Home Countries, the so-called “Diaspora Fund”, was introduced in September 2010 with the aim to strengthen Diasporas’ involvement in rehabilitation and development in their former home countries.

During the pilot project Diaspora groups from Afghanistan and Somalia could apply to the Diaspora Fund for funds to implement development projects in Afghanistan and Somalia. In total 12 projects were implemented, covering a range of classic and very innovative intervention areas.  The diaspora projects were finalized by beginning of 2012 and the pilot project has now ended. Information on each project can be found here.

An evaluation of the Diaspora Fund pilot project was commissioned by DRC and finalized in February 2012. Overall, the Fund was found to be effective in achieving its overall development objective. Diaspora organisations were able to utilise the co-funding and other forms of support offered by DRC to achieve development objectives at a scale and speed which they would not have easily achieved otherwise. Diaspora organisations were found already to be engaged in a very varied set of development activities, but the Fund improved their ability to access and manage institutional funds.

The Diaspora’s financial and social remittances were optimised by the Fund, and the evaluation has found a greater range of non-cash resource transfers (or ‘social remittances’) than originally anticipated. The Diaspora’s ideas, commitment and enthusiasm were seen as important as more tangible ‘social’ inputs such as labour and fundraising skills.

The evaluation recommended an enhanced emphasis on project management support and capacity building as well as more focus on appropriate project design with regard to objectives and indicators in order to improve the ability to monitor as well as a better designed but also more flexible monitoring practice during project implementation. However, overall, the Fund was found to enable the diaspora organisations to do more with their financial and other resources and with greater efficiency and speed. The diaspora organisations demonstrated the enthusiasm, creativity, connections and skills to design and run projects which make a difference. Read a summary of the evaluation here.

For more information on the diaspora pilot project, please contact Mingo Heiduk Tetsche on +45 3373 5006 or [email protected]