Tag Archives : MENA


Volunteering in Unstable Environments, Lessons from Egypt’s Coptic Diaspora

In the wake of the Arab Spring, the organization Coptic Orphans wanted to help Egypt but was concerned about the safety of its volunteers. Nathan Hollenbeck discusses the difficult choices that diaspora organizations like his face when providing services to their homeland during a crisis.

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Ashoka’s Global Diaspora Initiative

The renowned social organization takes on a new challenge, and this time they are looking to the diaspora. Read about Ashoka’s plans to build an enabling framework for diaspora members to direct their entrepreneurial skills and resources towards their homelands.


Fostering Diaspora Mobilization in Humanitarian Action and Beyond

Fatima Hassan co-founded Iftiin, the Somali Forum for Leadership and Development, to connect professionals, students and communities in the global Somali Diaspora. During the famine crisis this past summer, Iftiin mobilized awareness campaigns and helped raise thousands for aid organizations by utilizing Facebook, Twitter and professional networks.

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