Upcoming IdEA Events

Diaspora Leadership Training

Diaspora Leadership Training (DLT) is a four part workshop series designed to help diaspora members identify and cultivate their skills as leaders in international development. This series is a spin off of the successful diaspora leadership training workshop held during Global Diaspora Week 2014. The series will be led by Semhar Araia - CEO of Semai Consulting, founder of the Diaspora African Women's Network (DAWN), adjunct professor at the George Washington University Elliott School for International Affairs, honoree of the White House Champion of Change Award, and attorney for the implementation of the Eritrea-Ethiopia peace agreement.

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DLT will allow participants to gain critical skills for diaspora leadership in their communities and in international development; as well as provide the opportunity to network with like-minded diaspora leaders. Specifically, participants will:
  • Discover their potential as leaders and change makers
  • Tap into their goals and objectives as diaspora representatives
  • Learn the keys to success for effective leadership and organizing
  • Understand the basics to constituency building for international development
  • Explore different methods of diaspora engagement in international development
  • Connect with like-minded entrepreneurs and "change agents"

All sessions will be held in Washington, D.C and will be limited to 30 participants. Session themes and costs are:

  • May 16: Leadership 101, Cost: $50
  • June 6: Diaspora Agendas & Constituencies, Cost: $30
  • June 27: Diasporas in Development 101, Cost: $30 
  • July 18: Putting Diaspora Leadership Into Practice, Cost: $30

You can choose to attend one, some or all sessions. Register for all four sessions for a 10% discount and receive additional training with a consultant. Receive 30% off the original price as an IdEA member by using the code:IDEADLT2015.

We hope to see you there!

Register for Diaspora Leadership Training

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This webinar will take a look at how cross sector collaboration can help maximize development impact in an efficient and effective way. USAID's Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI) will discuss how NGOs can partner with USAID, and how individuals and organizations can most effectively support disaster relief efforts overseas. The webinar will be held Wednesday, May 6th at 1PM EST.   The Second Annual Global Diaspora Week will be held October 11-17, 2015. This will be an introductory webinar detailing what the goals of this year's GDW are, how to get involved as an event host and tips on throwing a successful event provided by past GDW event hosts! Tune in on Thursday, May 28th at 1PM EST.

IdEA: International Diaspora Engagement Alliance
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Migration Policy Practice - December 2014 - January 2015 Issue

December 2014 - January 2015



PROJECT SYNDICATE: Peter Sutherland on "The Migration Opportunity"

MAR 2, 2015

LONDON – In the last year, more than 4,000 men, women, and children have lost their lives attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea from Africa to Europe. Their tragic deaths have done nothing to slow the human tide, which is swelling by the week, as smugglers on the coast become increasingly brazen and cruel. Thousands of migrants have been rescued from the frigid waters since the beginning of this year alone.

Against this backdrop – and that of the fear sown by the terrorist attacks in Paris and Copenhagen – the European Union is set to develop a new – and critically important – agenda on migration. When EU commissioners gather to debate how to proceed, they must overcome the temptation to grasp at short-term, knee-jerk solutions, and instead develop a truly creative, comprehensive plan of action both at home and abroad.

The last time Europe faced such a turning point on migration was in 2011, when the Arab Spring triggered a flood of new arrivals fleeing violence and chaos in North Africa. But the moment for bold action – the creation of a Mediterranean Marshall Plan that would channel investment into immigrant integration – passed without being seized. Instead, the EU made a few bureaucratic tweaks to its asylum system and consumed itself with debates about non-issues, such as migrant “welfare cheats."

In 2014, the EU's emergency funding for migration and asylum totaled a mere €25 million ($28 million) – a pathetic exercise in collective action, albeit one supplemented by funds from member states. Last fall, Italy's bold Mare Nostrum sea-rescue operation, which had saved hundreds of lives, was replaced by a far feebler EU initiative that has struggled to carry out its mission.

Adding to the problem is an imbalance of commitment and compassion within the EU itself. Sweden and Germany have taken in the majority of asylum seekers from Syria and elsewhere, while most other EU member states have admitted few or none. The UK, for example, offered just 90 resettlement spots for Syrian refugees last year. (By contrast, Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan are spending billions of dollars to host nearly four million refugees.)

Greece, Italy, and Malta have borne the brunt of the impact of accommodating new arrivals, with all of the financial, social, and political costs this entails. As a result, the ongoing tragedy in the Mediterranean is placing EU solidarity under serious strain.

Continued inaction will not make the problem go away, nor will it benefit European leaders in their next domestic elections. “Cracking down on smugglers," the go-to solution for many in the EU, will take many years to have an impact, given the instability of many North African governments. Meanwhile, further destabilization of the Middle East – a very real prospect – could compromise the security of tens of millions of people who, under international law, would have a legitimate right to claim asylum.

A better, more active approach is needed. The immediate necessary response is resource-intensive but operationally viable: a robust joint EU sea operation with an explicit rescue mandate.

When asylum seekers reach European shores, the EU should take collective financial and administrative responsibility for processing and accommodating them, regardless of where they disembark. And it should take solidarity a step further when it comes to Syrians, equitably distributing the responsibility to host them across all member states.

Meanwhile, in order to lighten smugglers' boats, the EU should commit to resettling many more than the 30,000 Syrian refugees it has pledged to accept thus far. A number closer to 250,000, at least, would seem fair – given the millions being sheltered by Lebanon, Turkey, and Jordan.

Meanwhile, EU foreign ministers should intensify talks with African countries in order to establish new, legal, and safe means for those at risk who want to cross the Mediterranean. This could entail extending humanitarian, labor, and family-reunification visas, with applications processed overseas. The EU should consider longer-term goals, like creating a common Mediterranean market to allow North African economies to grow, eventually transforming the region into a destination for migrants rather than a transit zone.

Most important, Europe needs to strengthen itself from the inside out. The continent is in desperate need of a dramatically different approach to diversity. The countries of the EU have two options: They can either make a vain attempt to revert to outdated, mono-ethnic models of statehood, or they can accept diversity with the realization that their national cultures will not only survive, but flourish.

Doing so would in no way entail compromising any core European values. But it would require a commitment to respect all who adopt those values, regardless of their race or religion. Some see the Mediterranean as Europe's soft underbelly. But it is the failure to build stable, diverse societies that is the continent's true Achilles heel.



Peter Sutherland, Chairman of the London School of Economics and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for International Migration and Development, is former Director General of the World Trade Organization, EU Commissioner for Competition, and Attorney General of Ireland.




Project Syndicate


Filipina Immigrants In Canada Get Breast Cancer At An Earlier Age Than Others — Study


Philippine Daily Inquirer
by INQUIRER.net US Bureau


DALY CITY, California – Filipino women who move to Canada tend to get breast cancer at a younger age than women from other parts of East Asia or Caucasians, according to a recent study.
The study titled “Breast Cancer Amongst Filipino Migrants: A Review of the Literature and Ten-Year
Institutional Analysis” found they were also more likely to be diagnosed with a more aggressive form of cancer and to undergo a mastectomy.
Of the 782 patients studied at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, which has a sizeable Filipino patient population, Filipino newcomers to Canada were diagnosed with breast cancer at a younger age (53), compared with other East Asians (55) and Caucasians (58), the study showed.
“The Canadian Filipino community is a growing community and this new research raises the question of whether our current Canadian guidelines calling for mammograms starting at age 50 are meeting specific cultural needs of different ethnicities when it is known that it takes years for a breast cancer to develop,” said Dr. Jory Simpson, a surgical oncologist in the CIBC Breast Centre of St. Michael’s and one of the study’s three authors.
The study also showed that 22.6 percent of Filipinos tested positive for human epidermal growth factor receptor 2, a protein that promotes the growth of cancer cells. In a statement, Simpson said this was “disproportionately high” compared with East Asians (14.4 percent) and Caucasians (15.1 percent).
At least 35 percent of Filipino women with the same size tumors as other groups underwent mastectomies, higher than Caucasians at 22.5 percent and East Asians at 28.3 percent, the study further said.
“As Canada continues to ethnically diversify this new research only highlights and magnifies the need to take on a more personalized approach to preventing and treating breast cancer,” said Simpson, who explained that women of different ethnic origins have different risks of developing breast cancer.
When women from an area of low incidence of breast cancer to an area of high incidence, their risk increases, possibly due to new environmental influences such as diet interacting with pre-existing genetics. Simpson said he believes his study – albeit a small sample at one hospital – is the first to look at the incidence of breast cancer in Filipino immigrants to Canada.
According to Statistics Canada, Filipinos are the third largest non-European ethnic group in the country. Of the 328,000 people of Filipino origin who live in Canada, many are young women.
“Many questions remain such as: how do we increase awareness about the benefits of screening mammography in the Filipino community? Should screening start at an earlier age? And finally, how do we ensure that the Filipino women are getting the adequate treatment given the aggressive nature of their breast cancer? Addressing these disparities should be viewed as a priority in breast cancer research,” the study noted.



Philippine Daily Inquirer
by INQUIRER.net US Bureau



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