Tuesday, 3 December 2019, 9:00 - 18:15
Don Bosco Haus Veinna
St. Veit-Gasse 25, 1130 Vienna
Detailed Program of the conference
2 December 2019, 19:00 - 21:00 Uhr
Panel discussion: Afghanistan Between War and a New Beginning
This guide identifies promising development projects implemented by Afghan diasporas in Europe since the Taliban were ousted from power by U.S.-led coalition forces in 2001. It also attempts to assist development agencies and donor countries to utilise the human potential of Afghan diaspora communities.
It is increasingly recognised that diaspora communities have a significant impact on the economic, social and political development of their country of origin through targeted projects ranging from knowledge and skills transfer, direct investment, trade, empowerment of women, support for health and education centres, to the provision of humanitarian aid. Both, countries of residence and countries of origin are increasingly recognising the values of diaspora communities and seeking to integrate them in a variety of ways. Host countries support diaspora organisations by integrating them into development cooperation, migration and integration policy, while home countries seek to integrate diaspora talent, innovation, networks and resources.
The Afghan diaspora is no exception: Many Afghans in Europe have organised themselves into social, cultural, sports and women's associations. They fight prejudices and discrimination, organize political and cultural events, as well as training and further education measures. These organisations are also very active in helping newly arriving Afghans and refugees to get started in Europe. In addition, Afghan CSOs are increasingly becoming actors in development in their country of origin.
The first European conference of Afghan Diaspora organizations in Austria aims to honour the diversity of Afghan associations and to present and discuss good practices from different European countries. The conference also brings together actors from the Afghan community with public institutions and international organisations, as well as development NGOs and practitioners. In addition, the conference will provide recommendations for future measures and for better integration of Afghan diaspora organisations into development and migration policy.