Connecting Diaspora for Development: A Dialogue on Diaspora Engagement

Connecting Diaspora for Development: A Dialogue on Diaspora Engagement

Mar 18, 2021
10:00 am to 11:30 am
  • Brussels

The IOM Regional Office for the EEA, the EU and NATO and the IOM Mission in the Netherlands are pleased to invite you to our webinar on Thursday 18th March 2021 – 10.00-11.30 (CET)

This event will discuss the role of diaspora in fostering sustainable development.


Two diaspora experts supported through IOM’s Connecting Diaspora for Development (CD4D2) project will share insights about the way their assignments contributed to knowledge-transfer in their countries of origin. Furthermore, together with a panel of thematic experts, we will explore ways in which the diaspora can be included successfully in development efforts.

The event will be introduced and moderated by Geertrui Lanneau, Senior Regional Specialist on Labour Mobility and Human Development at the IOM Regional Office in Brussels. The panel discussion will be moderated by Kiza Magendane, knowledge broker at The Broker and co-author of the recently published knowledge dossier on diaspora inclusion in development.

Featuring speakers:  

•    Zuhur Ismail, Business Administration Specialist and member of the Somali diaspora

•    Jela Keyany, Lawyer, Programme Manager and member of the Iraqi diaspora

•    Charlotte Müller, PhD Fellow Migration and Development, Maastricht University

•    Fridah Ntarangwi, Entrepreneur and Founder of Zidicircle

•    Marina Diboma, Deputy Managing Director, Netherlands-Africa Business Council