Diaspora organisations as bridge builders and knowledge mediators

There are numerous diaspora organisations working to strengthen cultural cohesion and exchange through various non-profit activities. A part of these associations are also involved in projects in their countries of origin, thereby contributing actively to sustainable development at the local level. They facilitate the exchange of knowledge between their old and new homes, foster innovation, and help improve living conditions for local people.

What we offer

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  • Funding for small-scale projects
  • Advice on submitting applications, project management, and PR work
  • Training on methods for successful knowledge transfer in preparation for project implementation
  • Targeted assistance in planning, implementing, and sustainably anchoring your project in local structures from our coordinators in 14 partner countries
  • Organisation of exchange, networking, and specialist events
  • You work with a non-profit diaspora organisation registered in Germany that was predominantly founded by and is represented by people with a migrant history.
  • You carry out non-profit, development-related projects in one of our partner countries.
  • Your project has a development focus and contributes to sustainable development in your country of origin through knowledge and technology transfer.
  • You work closely with local partners who are also involved in planning and implementing the project.
  • You are able to contribute at least 10 percent of the total funds requested.
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Regular call for proposals

The GIZ issues calls for proposals to promote development-relevant small-scale projects by diaspora organisations in their countries of origin. If you would like to contribute to knowledge exchange, especially in the areas of gender equality, combating climate change, health and digitalisation, you can apply with your project idea to one of our calls! We support you in the application process, project planning and the actual implementation of your project idea on site.

Our calls for proposal are published on our website and shared via our distribution list. To be included in the distribution list, you can send an informal e-mail to: diaspora2030[@]giz.de

This offer is available in the following partner countries of German development cooperation: Albania, Cameroon, Colombia, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, India, Kosovo, Nepal, Serbia, Tunisia, Ukraine and Vietnam.

We look forward reading to your project ideas!

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Real-life examples

Asociación Cultural Iberoamericana campaigns for women’s rights and peace in the border region between Ecuador and Colombia. Together with local organisations, it holds workshops and dialogue events for women migrants and locals on the issues of refugees, violence and discrimination.

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Are you involved with a diaspora organisation, working for a better quality of life for people in your country of origin? Would you like to exchange ideas with other committed people and organisations?

Supporting development in your country of origin through your diaspora organisation answers to frequently asked questions.

Is your diaspora organisation keen to submit an idea for a project? Do you still have unanswered questions about the requirements, general conditions, and application process?

Here you can find answers to the most frequently asked questions.

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