Webinar: Diaspora Consultation – Southwest Europe

On the 26th and 27th of March 2021, the EU Global Diaspora Facility (EUDiF) and International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) organised the event  Diaspora Consultation: Southwest Europe’, at which the Romania-China House was represented by Mrs Alina Balatchi-Lupascu.

The event gathered participants from 32 diaspora organisations based in Southern, Central and Eastern Europe with connection to a multitude of countries worldwide. to discuss their interests, needs, opportunities and challenges as development actors in their countries and regions of origin.

The diaspora consultation was inaugurated by Mr Ron Hendrix on behalf of The European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO), the project’s funder, who presented the EU’s perspective on the potential of diaspora for development and the DEVCO’s interest in supporting diaspora development actors via the EUDiF. EUDiF’s  Senior Project Manager Aurélie Sgro introduced the EUDiF initiative and invited all present to engage in a dialogue meant to consolidate knowledge, encourage dialogue and exchange and mainstream diaspora expertise.

During the event, participants shared stories about their work in both their country of origin and in the EU, ranging from the creation of networks and the promotion of alliances to the protection of women’s rights or humanitarian support to targeted local groups. Through workshops, the group identified common interests, needs, opportunities and challenges and developed recommendations in response to the needs and challenges.

Alina Balatchi-Lupascu, on behalf of the Romania China House, presented the projects and outreach work of this unique flagship organisation, in promoimg and initiating cultural and commercial initiatives and bringing on board a wide range of stakeholders. The Romania-China House is a unique NGO model which conjures efforts from both origin and host countries, the expat community and the host civil society. The pandemic context allowed the NGO to use ITS network and expertise to support the humanitarian work and efforts of the Romanian government.

During the workshops, Mrs Balatchi Lupascu mitigated our approach: Think globally, act locally, emphasising the need for knowing the target audience and establishing a core team that has the knowledge and ability to collect, interpret and transpose information into a narrative that translates as  a departure point for more informed policy-making and diaspora engagement strategies.

In terms of  the needs, including in terms of capacity building, or challenges, Mrs Balatchi Lupascu underlined  the strong track record of the Romania China House to challenge the narratives about migrants, the work with local authorities in constructing an inclusive environment but also cultivate trust by addressing the core issues facing the community.

Romanian Chinese House has set a strategic objective to have an important contribution in enhancing dialogue and cooperation between countries and peoples, in promotion with priority partnerships in the cultural, academic – scientific and economic areas. The Romanian-Chinese House is a legal entity of private law, a non-profit, non-governmental and independent association. Romanian Chinese House it is the most important promoter of cooperation between Romania and China in Romanian civil society.

EUDiF is a new project implemented by ICMPD with the objective of enhancing development collaboration between EU-based diaspora organisations, countries of origin & the EU. The project runs from June 2019 until the end of 2022 and will, inter alia, conduct a global mapping of diaspora engagement, deliver capacity building, organise consultations and exchanges with diaspora and countries of origin, and deploy diaspora expertise for development projects.

 

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