Forging Partnerships with the Somali Diaspora
Early this year, UNDP commissioned a study to assess the Somali Diaspora’s contribution to Somalia -- in the form of humanitarian assistance, remittances and participation in recovery, reconstruction and development.
The intended outcome of the study, and a subsequent workshop held in Nairobi in March, was to obtain recommendations on future engagement between the UN and international development partners, the Somali Diaspora and civil society actors.
The workshop provided a rare opportunity for representatives of the Somali Diaspora to meet with Somali civil society actors, UN and donors to discuss ways of how partnerships could be built between the actors for better and more effective development results.
The report entitled Somalia’s Mission Million: the Somali Diaspora and its Role in Development highlights where and how the Diaspora’s efforts are focused in Somalia. It provides trends of Diaspora activities and interests in the country. By summarizing workshop findings, it provides specific guidance on future collaboration: the forging of a new partnership between the UN and international community and the Somali Diaspora, to work together with Somalis to enhance development in the country.
The understanding of Diaspora activities will assist the international community in conducting activities more effectively, given the Diaspora’s proven contribution and experience, coupled with their knowledge of local conditions throughout the country.
downloadable pdf file of the full report