In March, 1 participant started their assignment in Somaliland; 6 participants engaged in follow-up assignments: one person went back to Afghanistan, one to Sierra Leone and four to Somalia.
Exchange Visit Somalia
From 25 February until 22 March Project Manager Adri Zagers had an exchange visit to IOM‘s offices in Hargeisa and Mogadishu. The aim was to further strengthen the relationship between IOM The Hague and IOM Somalia by sharing knowledge and experience, and by seeking opportunities for new joint initiatives. Particular focus was put on the ongoing projects CD4D and Work in Progress! (WiP).
CD4D Event at Iraqi Embassy
On 16 March, many attended the Connecting Diaspora for Development Event organized by IOM and hosted by the Embassy of the Republic of Iraq in The Hague. Members of the Iraqi diaspora community in the Netherlands were informed about opportunities to contribute to the development of Iraq through knowledge transfer or entrepreneurship. The event reaffirmed that professionals from the diaspora have a lot of potential to contribute significantly to the development of their country of origin. For more information about the CD4D project in Iraq, please click here.
Thirteen new participants went on their first assignment for the CD4D project: five went to Afghanistan, 5 to Somalia, and 3 to Iraq. We welcomed back two participants who returned from new assignments in Ethiopia and Somaliland respectively.
Workshop ‘Dag van de Migratieketen’
On 11 April, IOM presented its CD4D project at a workshop for Dutch national and local government institutions, NGOs, and partner organization at the ‘Dag van de Migratieketen’ in Amersfoort. The workshop highlighted the impact diaspora can make by contributing their knowledge and expertise to their country of origin via IOM’s CD4D project. Two participants, Fatumo Farah and Amir Haidari, shared their experiences.
IOM participated in two debates on Afrikadag/Africa Day in Amsterdam on 13 April. The first debate, organized by SPARK, focused on entrepreneurship in African countries. Another debate focused on how the diaspora can contribute to the development of countries of origin beyond remittances. In this debate, IOM argued that entrepreneurial investment by diaspora gives them more control over the use of their funds than remittances. When successful, diaspora entrepreneurship can foster business development, job creation, and competition in countries of origin and has more potential to spur economic development than remittances.
On 17 April, the CD4D Taskforce, consisting of project partners and donors, met in The Hague. Project Manager Adri Zagers announced that a follow-up project for CD4D will be proposed to the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The project will focus on knowledge transfer and entrepreneurship in four target countries, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, and possibly Nigeria.
Success Stories: Iraq
“Many children in the Kurdistan region in Iraq deal with aggressiveness and fear. I set up the project ‘Happy Child, Happy Society’ aimed at supporting these children – and their teachers and parents – to find tranquility, inner peace and to experience happiness,” says CD4D participant Soza Gaffaf, who returned to Iraq: “My aim is a happy society, which leads to more stability.” IOM’s CD4D project enabled Soza to implement the project in all schools within the Kurdistan region of Iraq. Click here for her story.
New Intern: Emma Quaedvlieg
On 15 April, intern Emma Quaedvlieg joined IOM’s Migration and Development team, replacing Kardelen Akkus. Emma’s tasks focus mainly on the development of the follow-up CD4D project and supporting the ED4D project in its inception phase.