DEMAC at the Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Weeks

Diaspora humanitarianism: Why does the Ukraine crisis change everything?

As part of the annual "Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Weeks" we are welcoming representatives from different Ukrainian diaspora organizations, researchers in the diaspora, and institutional humanitarian actors involved in the Ukraine emergency response to discuss the engagement of diaspora organizations in the current conflict in Ukraine. 



The Speakers

Moderator: Raphaël Capony, DEMAC Coordinator

Panelists:  Emily Savage – Researcher and Co-Founder of Meraki, Dina Volynets - DEMAC Liaison Officer in Ukraine, Caritas Ukraine Country Director, and more...

What do we know already?

We know from previous research that  Ukrainian diaspora organizations are at the forefront of the humanitarian response in Ukraine and were among the first responders. Their local knowledge and connections in Ukraine provide them with a unique ability to access all regions and areas affected by the conflict. Ukrainian organizations’ preparedness for this worst-case scenario went on for months before the start of the conflict. Diaspora Organizations were therefore more prepared than many other humanitarian actors in-country and thus among the first and most impactful responders to the humanitarian needs.

Raising awareness and funds in no time!

The Ukrainian diaspora organizations began channeling the millions of dollars they raised in the first 48-72 hours following the start of the conflict to direct humanitarian assistance or to local NGOs responding in Ukraine. Diaspora networks are now actively working to better coordinate the collection and delivery of goods, raise awareness about increasing needs and dwindling supplies, and maintain advocacy and lobbying efforts in their countries of residence.

What can we learn from the Ukraine crisis and diaspora engagement?

Why is the Ukraine crisis is different from other crises around the world? Might that conflict change the global dynamic of engagement with Diaspora Organizations? These and more questions we will reflect with our panelists on chances and challenges and address concern of institutional actors, who may raise questions whether diaspora aid is in line with the “Do no harm” approach, or whether they have sufficient technical skills and capacities.

Stronger together!

This panel discussion 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, as well as entry points for engagement and increased cooperation, by recognizing each other for their unique added value.


Join us for this panel and register below!



Registration Deadline

18 May 2022

Event Type



DEMAC - Diaspora Emergency Action & Coordination


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