IOM launched a new website linking diaspora expertise in the Netherlands to selected host institutions in the countries of origin. The website provides an overview of all vacancies with host institutions for which interested candidates can apply.
Through short assignments, professional diaspora experts are linked to key institutions in six target countries: Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Ghana, Morocco, Sierra Leone and Somalia. This enables diaspora individuals to contribute to the reconstruction and sustainable development of their countries of origin.
One such CD4D participant is Aziz Arrouchdi, a social worker with an international track record related to training counsellors working with vulnerable young people. Mr. Arrouchdi was assigned to the Rawabit Assadaka Association in Tangier, Morocco, which empowers 8-18 year-olds from socio-economically disadvantaged neighbourhoods by offering activities in areas of arts, education and sports.
Mr. Arrouchdi coached the centre’s instructors in social and psychological guidance. His key motivation for this assignment was to share his knowledge as a sociologist and psychological specialist to help create opportunities for a better future for young people from underprivileged backgrounds.
The CD4D project is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and is a continuation of IOM’s successful Temporary Return of Qualified Nationals (TRQN) project.