In addition to doing their day-to-day job as medical professionals, the Somali diaspora provide on-the-job training for young Somali doctors, particularly on the latest techniques and best ways of providing medical services.
Photo: © IOM /Mary-Sanyu Osire
Sweden supports diaspora to develop Somalia
In September 2013 Sweden signed a three year agreement with International Organization for Migration (IOM) for support to their Diaspora Project in Somalia. Through this project, skilled Somalis living abroad will be deployed to support government institutions in the sectors of Public Financial Management, Health care and Justice. The one-year contracts are offered to Somalis around the world with the aim to place 20 diaspora experts in Somali institutions every year.
Sweden is one of several donors to the QUESTS-MIDA* project, which is a joint initiative between IOM and the UN Development Programme (UNDP). The objective is to utilize the knowledge and expertise of the Somali diaspora to build capacity in the country’s institutions – brain gain instead of brain drain.
The first positions are now advertised and published on the project website. Applications for the vacancies are done on the website, where you also can find contact information in case of any questions.
Sweden’s support to QUESTS-MIDA is part of Sweden’s new five-year result strategy for aid to Somalia. The strategy implies a tripling of the former financial support, in addition to continued humanitarian support.
QUESTS-MIDA =Qualified Expatriate Somali Technical Support – Migration for Development in Africa