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What can we learn from the diaspora and local humanitarian collaborations in Ukraine, Syria and Afghanistan?

DEMAC is hosting a panel discussion at the Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Weeks HNPW in Geneva on April 26.  We will lead a panel focusing on diaspora and local actor partnerships and collaboration as a good practice for enhanced localization in humanitarian responses. Subjects of the panel: The panel will include representatives from Syrian, Ukrainian and Afghan diaspora and local organizations; in all three contexts, diaspora and local actors have jointly responded to humanitarian needs quickly and targeted geographies and vulnerable populations that other actors could not reach. They will present best practices, discuss challenges, and explore opportunities for improving partnerships and collaboration between diaspora and local actors and enhancing coordination between diaspora, local actors, and institutional humanitarians. The conversation will focus on concrete examples of joint humanitarian action by diaspora and local actors, highlighting ways in which they are complimentary in their humanitarian responses and what institutional humanitarian actors can learn from their collaborations. This panel aims to provide a forum that invites the speakers and the audience to jointly reflect on different actors and ways to work together in the humanitarian ecosystem, while enhancing local leadership and recognizing each other for their unique added value. Objectives: 1. Share lessons learned from diaspora and local actor joint humanitarian responses in the context of Ukraine, Syria and Afghanistan: how have diaspora humanitarian organizations partnered and worked in collaboration with local actors to strengthen locally led humanitarian responses? 2. Present feasible steps that enable an improved engagement between diaspora organisations, local organisations and institutional humanitarian actors: What are the challenges for joint diaspora and locally led actors when collaborating in humanitarian responses? What best practices and lessons learned from diaspora and local partner collaborations could institutional humanitarian actors draw on to improve their collaboration with local actors? Panelists: Dina Volynets, DEMAC Liaison Officer in Ukraine  Fadi Al Dairi, Regional Director, Hand in Hand for Aid & Development (HIHFAD)   Kseniia Bukshyna, Founder and lead in TAK.The Shtab, local humanitarian centre providing rapid and long term assistance for internally displaced mothers in Ukraine  Language: English Participation: Hybrid in Geneva and online More information available on the website   Photo Credit: Antoine Tardy

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Diaspora Humanitarian Training Course

Are you new in the humanitarian sector or do you want to improve your humanitarian knowledge in an easy and accessible way? And are you engaged with a diaspora organization?   Then this course is just for you!   DEMAC has designed this course in cooperation with the Humanitarian Leadership Academy for diaspora responders as well as project managers, managers, volunteers, local responders and anyone wanting entry level insight into the humanitarian sector.   Find it in on KAYA Connect   How will you benefit from the training? This course has been made in response to frustrations, questions and development assistance requests from diaspora organizations and their local partners. The training will provide you with   Simple breakdown of the humanitarian principles Responses to the challenges diaspora face following humanitarian principles Increased knowledge in advocacy tools Steps to contribute to policy development What donors are looking for when funding projects Information for effective fundraising Recording the work you do to become a tool for partnerships and funding Monitoring and evaluation skills that apply to your project   It will therefore cover all relevant areas of humanitarian response, such as The Humanitarian Principles, Needs Assessments, Safety & Security, Accountability & Transparency, Organizational Development, Advocacy and Policy, Project Development, Bid Writing, Reporting, Monitoring and Evaluation, Risk Management and Corruption.   How long does the training take? The course is made up of three modules which will take 125 minutes in total (extra time may be taken to complete activities in a supporting workbook).   What does it cost? Good news: This course is free and you even will be able to download a certificate once you have completed all modules.   In which language is the course available? In English and Arabic   Photo Credit: Annie Spratt on

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