Could a country’s global diaspora not be a lost resource? Instead, could it be the greatest asset available for building a humanitarian response? The ARC puts these questions to the test with the Somali diaspora, and the results may surprise you.
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.
Tara Sonenshine, Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, highlights the enormous potential for diaspora communities to engage in public diplomacy.