With participation of the EU Delegation, national authorities and members of two Sierra Leonean diaspora organisations met from 11 to 12 June 2019 in Freetown to validate policy recommendations developed under the “Diaspora Engagement for the Protection of Migrants throughout Emergencies” (DPME) Initiative. The latter is one of the four capacity building initiatives of the EU-funded project “Migrants in Countries in Crisis (MICIC): Supporting an Evidence-based Approach for Effective and Cooperative State Action", which is implemented by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) in various countries around the world.
The DPME Initiative has aimed at enhancing diaspora engagement in the protection of fellow Sierra Leoneans overseas caught in a country experiencing conflicts or natural disasters as well as crisis-affected returnees. The initiative produced 20 policy recommendations that call for improved government-diaspora collaboration and the need for an environment enabling diaspora to engage as critical humanitarian and development partners.
Recommendations included preparedness measures required immediately in planning for and responding to any crisis that may affect Sierra Leonean nationals abroad, including post-crisis operational actions to which diaspora could contribute.
At the heart of discussions was also a roadmap of the Government of Sierra Leone for putting some of the short to medium-term recommendations into operation. Finally, an agreement was reached on the follow-up actions by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the two associations regarding the dissemination of the DPME Initiative’s policy messages and the broader outcomes among other diaspora communities and organisations.
To view the full draft recommendations, kindly click on this file
Here is also a link to the news on the two Unions’ meeting with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperations.