The International diaspora Engagement Alliance (IdEA) promotes and supports diaspora-centered initiatives in entrepreneurship, volunteerism, philanthropy, diplomacy, and social innovation in countries and regions of diaspora origin. IdEA is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that engages global diaspora communities, the private sector, civil society, and public institutions in collaborative efforts to support economic and social development.
IdEA opens opportunities for diaspora communities to give back to their countries of origin or ancestry. IdEA’s activities are organized around five principal pillars: entrepreneurship, volunteerism, philanthropy, social innovation, and diplomacy.
Diaspora communities make vital but little-recognized contributions to the progress of their countries of origin or ancestry. They often share goals with governments, businesses, and NGOs. Common objectives include:
- Broad-based economic growth;
- Thriving civil society;
- Widespread participation in good governance;
- Access to global markets for skills and financial capital;
- Robust trading partnerships;
- Growing participation in science, technology and communication innovations.
Many diaspora groups are working to achieve greater impact and a stronger voice in matters that relate to their countries of origin. IdEA supports diaspora communities by:
Diasporas network with private sector, non-profit and government partners at IdEA meetings and conferences. Through these events, participants develop concepts as well as operational plans for projects that bring about stronger diaspora engagement with countries of origin. They also learn from the experience and knowledge of others.
Diasporas gain access to new resources through IdEA partnerships. IdEA connects diaspora members to business competitions such as the African Diaspora Marketplace and the Caribbean Idea Marketplace, implemented by IdEA partners. It is developing a portal to encourage donations to diaspora organizations.
IdEA offers technical assistance and training for members of the diaspora who participate in IdEA programs.
IdEA’s website makes it easy for diasporas to keep up-to-date with the latest data and analysis about trends in diaspora engagement and opportunities for collaboration.
IdEA, together with its partners, designs projects that reflect the goals of the Alliance. Diasporas can find information about these projects on the website and apply to participate.
What is a diaspora?
Diaspora means “to scatter” in Greek, but today we use the term to describe a community of people who live outside their shared country of origin or ancestry but maintain active connections with it. A diaspora includes both emigrants and their descendants.
While some people lose their attachment to their ancestral homeland, others maintain a strong connection to a place which their ancestors may have left generations ago. Many Americans come from mixed heritage and therefore can claim membership in multiple diaspora communities.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton launched IdEA at the inaugural Global Diaspora Forum in May 2011. IdEA is a non-partisan, non-profit organization managed via a public-private partnership between the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Migration Policy Institute (MPI).
The Global Partnership Initiative (GPI) is the entry point for collaboration between the U.S. Department of State, the public and private sectors, and civil society. Launched by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2009, GPI aims to strengthen and deepen U.S. diplomacy and development around the world through partnerships that leverage the creativity, innovation, and core business resources of partners for greater impact.
The Global Partnerships Division (GP) at the U.S. Agency for International Development builds public-private partnerships that can have some of the most significant and sustainable impact on major development challenges. Since its inception in 2011, GP has led the Agency in forging over 1,000 cross-sector alliances with businesses, non-governmental organizations, foundations, and associations utilizing its Global Development Alliance (GDA) business model to leverage valuable resources and innovative approaches that can more than double the impact of economic and social development initiatives.
The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) is an independent, non-partisan, and non-profit think tank dedicated to the study of the movement of people worldwide. MPI provides analysis, development, and evaluation of migration and refugee policies at the local, national, and international levels. It aims to meet the rising demand for pragmatic and thoughtful responses to the challenges and opportunities that large-scale migration, whether voluntary or forced, presents to communities and institutions in an increasingly integrated world.
IdEA is advised by its Strategic Partners, a select group comprised of donors and high-level stakeholders from the business community, diaspora organizations, foundations, U.S. government agencies, and international organizations. This collective provides strategic guidance and is instrumental in enabling IdEA to implement its programs and events.
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IdEA Program Partners collaborate with IdEA in designing and implementing projects that promote diasporic engagement.
IdEA internships operate through the Office of the U.S. Secretary of State’s Global Partnerships Initiative or the Migration Policy Institute’s Migration and Development Program. Please visit these websites for further information:
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International diaspora Engagement Alliance (IdEA)
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1400 16th Street, NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036-2257