The COVID-19 pandemic is the first acute global crisis that most of us have experienced in our lifetime and thus calls for new levels of coordination and collaboration. In light of this, you are invited to take part in this first of its kind Global Diaspora Virtual Exchange on Response to COVID-19. For more information please see here: https://idiaspora.org/event-calendar/global-diaspora-virtual-exchange-response-covid-19. The Global Diaspora Virtual Exchange aims to:
- Create a space for collaboration where diaspora groups from different communities can share experiences and best practices in order to maximize their impact within their efforts to respond to the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.
- Showcase and bring attention to the important work that diaspora groups are already doing on the ground in order to encourage policy makers and practitioners to strengthen their collaboration and support to such efforts.
In order to maximize opportunities for virtual exchange, a number of different channels are available to participants. Firstly, participants are invited to share examples of successful interventions, best practices, and opportunities for collaboration through the iDiaspora forum and, secondly, participants can discuss their experiences during the Virtual Exchange Event which is planned for two hours. After the event, IOM will compile and the inputs received through the iDiaspora forum and during the Virtual Exchange Event in an outcome document showcasing diaspora initiatives and best practices which can be disseminated to policy makers and practitioners to encourage further collaboration with diaspora groups during the crisis and moving forward
Within the iDiaspora forum you are invited to share:
- your success stories and best practices here: https://idiaspora.org/successful-interventions-response-covid-19
- your opportunities for collaboration here: https://idiaspora.org/looking-colaborators-response-covid-19
During the event there will be two opportunities for exchange, initially a panel of six diaspora individuals who will present their concrete experience in supporting the response to the current COVID-19 crisis and/or similar emergencies in the past and subsequently all participants would be invited to share their experiences during a plenary discussion in order to identify best practices. The Panel discussion will be moderated by Kemo Camara of OMEK and will include the experiences of diaspora leaders from around the world such as:
- Adel Karoui of the Albideya Association
- Dr. Charles Senessie of the Afro-European Medical and Research Network
- Mark Kosmo of the Global Albanians Foundation and Sihana Bejtullahu of Germin Kosovo
- Niloufar Rahim of KEIHAN
- Peter Kwok of the UK Federation of Chinese Professionals
- Yohannes Assefa of the Ethiopian Diaspora Business Forum
We hope you can join us to share your experiences and we look forward to hearing your stories and best practices.
The iDiaspora Team