Connecting Diaspora for Development (CD4D)

UNU-MERIT and its School of Governance are implementing an impact evaluation of CD4D, a programme operated by the International Organization for Migration Netherlands. As a continuation of IOM’s Temporary Return of Qualified Nationals (TRQN) project, the programme links diaspora members with Dutch residency to institutions in their countries of origin. This will be done via physical and online assignments with organisations in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Ghana, Morocco, Sierra Leone and Somalia. The project is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The impact evaluation takes place over 3.5 years and aims to identify why diaspora members and host institutions choose to participate in CD4D, what the expectations of diaspora members and host institutions are for the CD4D programme as well as the experiences of host institutions, colleagues, and participants during the programme. The evaluation furthermore focuses on analyzing the form and frequency of knowledge transfer and identifying potential barriers. This allows to determine the impact of the the CD4D programme on host institutions, colleagues, and participants and to assess the sustainability of the impacts. For this assessment, our research team collects quantitative and qualitative data on three levels (participants, colleagues and host institutions) at three different points in time (before the assignments, directly afterwards and one year later). This involves fieldwork in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Somalia.

The outputs of the project will include:

  • Literature Review
  • Baseline Report upon completion of Baseline Data Collection (estimated delivery April 2017)
  • Mid-term Report due April 2018
  • Final Report (estimated delivery Fall 2019)
  • PhD Dissertation
  • Journal Articles

Please visit the Project Website for more information