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The image of Diaspora in development - A study on three Scandinavian development NGOs collaboration with the Somali Diaspora

Oscarsson, Felicia LU (2015) STVK12 20151
Department of Political Science
Abstract
Diasporas potential to spur development have in the recent decade been discovered in the development industry along with the proliferation of the migration and development nexus. An increasing amount of Diaspora programmes within migrant’s host countries’ development non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have been initiated. The Diaspora programmes in Denmark, Norway and Sweden NGOs let the Somali Diaspora become a part of the greater Development apparatus. In this qualitative study I investigate the case of Scandinavian NGOs engagement within the Somali Diaspora by asking what image of the Somali Diaspora and what development approach that has guided these programme. The study is based on key informant interviews, a participant... (More)
Diasporas potential to spur development have in the recent decade been discovered in the development industry along with the proliferation of the migration and development nexus. An increasing amount of Diaspora programmes within migrant’s host countries’ development non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have been initiated. The Diaspora programmes in Denmark, Norway and Sweden NGOs let the Somali Diaspora become a part of the greater Development apparatus. In this qualitative study I investigate the case of Scandinavian NGOs engagement within the Somali Diaspora by asking what image of the Somali Diaspora and what development approach that has guided these programme. The study is based on key informant interviews, a participant observation and document material from the NGOs.Findings shows that the image is based on the idea of the Somali Diaspora possess a hybrid identity that can be a transmitter of knowledge about the need of development in both locations. The Somali are further portrayed as having a constant commitment and ability to improve the needs-based approach because of their culture capital. The Diaspora engagement in the programmes is portrayed as a unified group that can mobilise for change, which is strengthened through the facilitation of dialogue and the learning platforms. The recognition turn and the participatory and sustainable development approaches have guided the NGOs cooperation with the Diaspora. (Less)
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author
Oscarsson, Felicia LU
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organization
course
STVK12 20151
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
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keywords
Diaspora, Development, Migration, Somalia, Non-governmental Organisation
language
English
id
5435639
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2015-07-14 12:37:39
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2015-07-14 12:37:43
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  abstract     = {Diasporas potential to spur development have in the recent decade been discovered in the development industry along with the proliferation of the migration and development nexus. An increasing amount of Diaspora programmes within migrant’s host countries’ development non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have been initiated. The Diaspora programmes in Denmark, Norway and Sweden NGOs let the Somali Diaspora become a part of the greater Development apparatus. In this qualitative study I investigate the case of Scandinavian NGOs engagement within the Somali Diaspora by asking what image of the Somali Diaspora and what development approach that has guided these programme. The study is based on key informant interviews, a participant observation and document material from the NGOs.Findings shows that the image is based on the idea of the Somali Diaspora possess a hybrid identity that can be a transmitter of knowledge about the need of development in both locations. The Somali are further portrayed as having a constant commitment and ability to improve the needs-based approach because of their culture capital. The Diaspora engagement in the programmes is portrayed as a unified group that can mobilise for change, which is strengthened through the facilitation of dialogue and the learning platforms. The recognition turn and the participatory and sustainable development approaches have guided the NGOs cooperation with the Diaspora.},
  author       = {Oscarsson, Felicia},
  keyword      = {Diaspora,Development,Migration,Somalia,Non-governmental Organisation},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The image of Diaspora in development - A study on three Scandinavian development NGOs collaboration with the Somali Diaspora},
  year         = {2015},
}