Connecting Diaspora for Development (CD4D)

CD4D project Connects Diaspora Expertise with Countries of Origin

CD4D supports the development of targeted sectors in selected countries by strengthening the capacity of key institutions through the engagement of their diaspora communities in the Netherlands.

The project enables diaspora professionals to use their knowledge and expertise for the reconstruction and development of their country of origin. CD4D is a continuation of IOM’s successful Temporary Return of Qualified Nationals (TRQN) project. It is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Many countries have a considerable number of professionals among their diaspora communities in the Netherlands. They also face brain drain and often lack qualified human resources. Through temporary physical and online assignments, professional diaspora members, residing in the Netherlands, are linked to institutions in their countries of origin to share knowledge and expertise. To enhance the impact of the assignments, internships and training opportunities are offered in the Netherlands for representatives of host institutions.

Diaspora experts are instrumental in establishing and maintaining sustainable links between institutions in the Netherlands and institutions in the target countries. The project facilitates various connections that will be established and maintained:

  • Connections between diaspora experts and representatives of host institutions;
  • Connections between institutions in the Netherlands and host institutions;
  • Connections between diaspora experts themselves.

CD4D is demand-driven, meaning that all assignments respond to the capacity-building needs in the selected priority institutions. The project focusses on capacity building in sectors and key institutions that have been identified by the five target countries:

  • Afghanistan,
  • Ethiopia,
  • Sierra Leone,
  • Federal Republic of Somalia,
  • Republic of Iraq

Ghana and Morocco also figured as target countries but they were phased out of the project in September, 2017.

More Information

For information about IOM the Netherlands’ Connecting Diaspora for Development (CD4D) programme please contact:
Zia Gulam (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Adri Zagers (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for general info.
Tel: +31 70 3181500

And look on our website: www.connectingdiaspora.org

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