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Diaspora volunteering

A diaspora is a group, or organisation of people who have current or distant roots in another country. VSO worked with diaspora organisations and communities to harness the unique contributions of diaspora volunteers to fight poverty in their countries or continents of origin up until 2012. 

UK diaspora organisations offer grassroots links to diaspora communities in the UK, transnational links between the UK and countries of heritage, as well as extensive in-country networks.

VSO worked in partnership with the Diaspora Volunteering Alliance a large network of UK diaspora organisations. The DVA is well established and provides capacity building support to diaspora organisations.  It is actively seeking to expand its membership and partnerships.

How has VSO worked with Diaspora communities the UK?

With funding from Department for International Development (DFID) from 2008 to 2011, VSO successfully worked with 14 Diaspora organisations to manage over 600 volunteering placements around the world.  The programme was awarded the top score for development impact overseas by DFID.  We also managed a capacity building programme to strengthen UK-based Diaspora organisations in volunteer management, organisational development, fundraising and financial management. 

If you are a diaspora individual who is interested in volunteering overseas with VSO, please visit our volunteer pages.

If you are a Diaspora organisation looking to develop a partnership with VSO, please visit the where we work page for further information on our country programme focus areas and contact details for our Country Offices.

If you are a diaspora organisation seeking capacity building support, become a DVA member by emailing coordinator@diasporavolunteeringalliance.org.

The Diaspora Volunteering Alliance

VSO successfully supported the establishment  of a flourishing umbrella organisation, the Diaspora Volunteering Alliance (DVA)[m2] , who continue to provide a range of services to diaspora organisation

  • A hub of information on diaspora volunteering opportunities that are available
  • training and mentoring in volunteer management, organisational development, fundraising and financial management.
  • Networking opportunities with other diaspora organisations, funders and other stakeholders
  • Advocate on behalf of their members to policy makers and funders