Tobin Jones / DRC

New DiPS in 2021

In 2021 DiPS is putting ten years of experience, evaluations and feedback into making a new and improved grant mechanism. Read more below.

New DiPS in 2021

After 10 years of giving grants to diaspora organizations for projects in Afghanistan and Somalia, and after a number of evaluations of the funding mechanism, we have identified some changes we would like to implement. Below is a brief outline of the changes we would like to make, and what we foresee to remain unchanged.

We would very much like to have your feedback to each of the ideas and to how we run the funding mechanism.

Sign up for the consultations of the Action Track and the Voice Track below. Consultations on the capacity development and administrative requirements will be announced in the early fall.

What is the same?

  • The overall objective of creating positive change for people in Afghanistan and Somalia remains.
  • DiPS continues to be a funding mechanism for Afghan and Somali diaspora in Denmark.
  • DiPS will continue to provide training and coaching to organizations that apply for funding.
  • Diaspora driven: Your continued inputs are still very important to us in shaping our direction. And diaspora advisory boards will still be elected to support and advise on the grants and what we do.

What is new?

From being very focused on the impact of the projects in Somalia and Afghanistan, DiPS will now have a stronger focus on you – the diaspora – to further strengthen the positive role you have in your countries of origin.

More specifically we plan to implement the following changes:

  • The funding available for projects is now called the “Action Track”. This will be divided in two funding opportunities: small grants for less experienced organizations, and larger grants for more experienced organizations. The “Action Track” is available to Afghan and Somali diaspora organizations in Denmark only.
  • DiPS will increase its efforts to strengthen the capacities of diaspora civil society organizations – tailored to the needs of the organizations and the types of projects implemented. This is to be done with the organizations and follow their ambitions.
  • We will aim to simplify the administrative requirements for grants holders.
  • We are exploring possibilities of providing a flat admin fee for the diaspora organizations that have projects.
  • For small projects, there will be no requirement for own contributions but for large ones there will.
  • We plan to introduce a “Voice Track” which will be a smaller funding mechanism available to Somali and Afghan diaspora organizations across Europe. The “Voice Track” will support joint advocacy, and collaboration between diaspora organizations in Europe.

Photo: Jamil Ghafuri

Action Track

The “Action Track” will consist of two funding opportunities targeting two types of organizations:

  • “Small Grants” (up to DKK100,000) will be smaller in size and will be for new organizations and organizations with limited experience with donor funded projects. The aim is to allow more organizations obtain their first grant and to build their capacity and experience. Those with Small Grants will be offered many opportunities for training and coaching. The idea is that diaspora organizations can get help to realize their ambitions to become a stronger organization with closer connections to back home or - with time – grow and play an even bigger role for communities in Afghanistan and Somalia.
  • “Impact Grants” (DKK100,000-500,000) will be larger in size and will be open to the more experienced organizations. There will be a strong focus on the quality of the application and the impact on the ground. Grant-holders of Impact Grants are expected to be able to know the basics of project management (how to write applications, reporting, financial management etc.). Training and coaching opportunities will focus on strengthening the diaspora organization and will be based on the ambitions/needs of the organizations.
  • Recipients of impact grants are expected to mobilize 20 per cent “own contribution” which can either be as cash or in kind.

Activities under each of the grants should continue to focus on improving the situation for people in Somalia and Afghanistan. However, we want to allow organizations to do parts of their activities in Denmark, or internationally, as long as there will be some level of impact in Afghanistan and Somalia. This could, for example, be working to improve diaspora collaboration across Europe.

Voice Track

“Voice Track” is new in DiPS. The objective is to support a stronger voice from diaspora civil society actors across Europe to influence the situation in countries of origin (Somalia and Afghanistan). It will be a granting mechanism and we hope to see applications from Afghan and Somali civil society from European countries.

Since the Voice Track is new, the types of activities that people / organizations will apply for funding for are not known to us. However, we imagine it could be for participation in conferences, collaboration between organizations around certain issues, dialogue with international stakeholders, dialogue with Somali or Afghan governments etc

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Photo: Jamil Ghafuri

Capacity development (training and coaching)

We believe the content of the capacity development should be tailored to the general and individual needs of the organizations. For us it is important that the capacity development:

  • enables the organizations to implement the grants in a good and accountable way. This is mainly relevant for organizations applying for the small grants.
  • enables the organizations to define their organizational ambitions and to support with capacity building to reach these ambitions. This is mainly relevant for the more experienced organizations.

Simplification of administrative requirements

This has been a strong wish from participating organisations. It is our ambition to reduce the administrative requirements as much as possible while still being able to account for how the money has been spent towards Danida and the Danish taxpayers.

Currently our idea is to make the administrative requirements proportionate to the size of the grant that the organizations receive.

Diaspora Project Support (DiPS) Team

Annette Bw

Annette Smedemark Christensen

Project Specialist, DiPS

[email protected]
Elfi Bw

Elfi Thrane Bemelmans

Project Officer, DiPS

[email protected]
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Mohamed Ismail Mahamoud

Field Officer, Hargeisa

[email protected]
Sofia Jarvis

Sofia Jarvis

Interim Project Coordinator, DiPS

+45 33735006 [email protected]