Sierra Leone \ Experiences \ Diaspora Engagement Strategy
The Government of Sierra Leone, with support from UNDP and other development partners has over the past three years been implementing a Diaspora Capacity Building Initiative through which Sierra Leone diaspora talent has been identified and deployed as a skills-gap filling measure to bolster public sector capacity. Through this initiative, over 30 diaspora experts were mobilized.
This project, is however, phasing out and drawing from its experience, the government, with support from UNDP, is now working to articulate a Diaspora Transformation and Engagement Strategy anew, so as to better engage with Sierra Leonean diaspora, leveraging their intellectual and financial capital for developmental gain in Sierra Leone.
As this work gets underway, we wanted to benefit from experience elsewhere in articulating a diaspora engagement strategy. Specifically, we would be interested in documentation and case studies that address:
1. the strategic, tactical and operational considerations in relation to engaging the diaspora community, insulating it from partisan interests;
2. the institutional arrangements that would maximize the potential of the diaspora and their expectations as well as the interests, concerns and priorities of potential funding partners;
3. channels of communication necessary to foster dialogue and outreach with the diaspora, including options for capitalizing on the growing social media tools and platforms;
I thank you in advance for your responses.
UNDP Sierra Leone/HRMO