Engaging diaspora communities with their countries of origin is an important aspect of IOM’s work. The recently approved programme Connecting Diaspora for Development (CD4D) enables diaspora professionals to use their knowledge and expertise of migrants for the reconstruction and development of their country of origin. The project, funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is a continuation of IOM’s successful TRQN (Temporary Return of Qualified Nationals) programme.
Many countries have a considerable number of professionals among their diaspora communities in the Netherlands. They also face a brain drain and often lack qualified human resources. The CD4D programme focusses on capacity building in sectors and key institutions that have been identified by the six target countries: Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Ghana, Morocco, Sierra Leone and Somalia. Through temporary physical and online assignments, professional diaspora members are linked to institutions in their countries of origin to share knowledge and expertise.