2021 is an exciting year for the Diaspora Project Support (DiPS) grant mechanism. After 10 years of financial and technical support to Diaspora-led projects we will dedicate some time to changing and improving DiPS. Many of you have previously been involved in our evaluations and provided input to how we can improve. These recommendations together with inputs from research and relevant experts will be used to improve DiPS with the aim of achieving an even greater impact for diaspora organizations and communities in Somalia and Afghanistan.
These upcoming changes mean that there will not be a deadline to apply for DiPS funds during June this year. The next opportunity to apply for funding will be towards the end of 2021, under the proposal guidelines for the new DiPS. More information about the restructuring of DiPS will follow and we look forward to discussing the changes with you. On May 20, 2021 there will be a Questions and Answers session about the New DiPS, save the date for now. We encourage you to keep an eye on our website and Facebook for updates. If you want to make sure you are fully updated, we recommend that you sign up for our newsletter here.
We will continue to offer learning opportunities tailored towards diaspora organizations for the remainder of the year. We highly encourage you to participate in our upcoming workshops with a focus on implementing or developing effective projects as diaspora organizations. The workshops are for organisations who are new to DiPS, for those implementing projects, and for old friends of DiPS. You can find the overview of upcoming trainings here. In October 2021, we also look forward to hosting the Annual Grand Meeting were we once again will have the opportunity to get the diaspora community together. and elect a new Advisory Board, hopefully in person.
Elfi Thrane Bemelmans
Project Officer, DiPS[email protected]
Mohamed Ismail Mahamoud
Field Officer, Hargeisa[email protected]
Field Officer, Kabul[email protected]
Martin Wolf Andersen
Project Coordinator, DiPS (paternity leave)[email protected]