Local level initiatives


The ROI project –Progetto per un Ritorno Operativo Imprenditoriale– was part of a rights-based programme for Roma people promoted by the municipality of Bologna. Specifically, ROI is a return programme for those families who were voluntarily inclined to return to Romania. They were helped to start a small entrepreneurial initiative in their country of origin, by supporting their access to local microcredit facilities.
In 1996, the NRI Sabha, Punjab, was founded as a non-governmental organization whose primary object was to strengthen the ties between the Punjabi diaspora and the people and culture of their motherland, and to help with their grievances, especially those concerning properties issues. Despite its set-up as an NGO, the NRI Sabha is chaired by the state government’s Commissioner for NRI Affairs. Its chief patron is the Chief Minister of Punjab ex-officio, while its elected president has to be a former NRI, which includes foreign citizens of Indian origin.  
The Vatan Seva Initiative by NRG Foundation, Gujarat, seeks to target non resident Gujarati’s residing in other countries, to bring them closer to their roots through various ways of participation for the betterment of Gujarati community. The regional sentiment across the various communities is very strong, such that it often percolates in the various, socio-cultural and economic domains of the Indian society. Government of Gujarat seeks to benefit from this social phenomenon. The NRG Foundation in Gujarat was set up by the state Government of Gujarat to assist non resident Gujaratis...
Since February 2011, the crisis in Libya caused a massive return of economic migrants to Ghana. With assistance from the International Organization for Migration (IOM), UNHCR, and the Government of Ghana, over 18,500 Ghanaian migrants were successfully evacuated, with the majority returning to the Brong Ahafo region (52%) followed by the Ashanti region (13%). Many of the returnees returned to Ghana showing obvious signs of psychological stress and trauma. Although the Government of Ghana, through the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), the Ghana Health Service (GHS) and...
The West African Health Informatics Fellowship Program (WAHIFP), to be based in Ghana, is a platform to mobilize external health informatics expertise of both Ghanaian and other West African Diasporas as well as health informaticians of non-African origin outside the West African sub-region to help build health informatics capacity first in Ghana. In a second step, the project will use Ghana as a platform for extending the health informatics capacity building efforts to other West African countries.
The program/initiatives/activities focus on establishing direct relations on two levels. The first level is cooperation between city departments, such as planning and waste management. The second level is between communities and organizations in both cities, such as schools, women groups and NGOs.