Dorien Deketele is an expert on Diaspora Engagement at the International Organization for Migration. Based at the organization’s Country Office in the Netherlands, she is looking for different ways in which diaspora can be actively involved in the development of their countries of origin. She is working on a project in which diaspora share their expertise (CD4D2) with host institutions in their home countries and also on a project encouraging diaspora entrepreneurs to set up business back home (ED4D). From 2008 to 2012 she was attached to IOM’s Office in Morocco, working on voluntary return, migration and development and community stabilization. She has developed a lot of projects for IOM in the regions of North- and West-Africa. Prior to joining the IOM, she worked as a Human Rights Specialist for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Niger. She holds a Master’s in law and in Development Cooperation from the University of Gent and a Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratization from the European Inter-University Center in Human Rights and Democratization (EUIC).
To learn more about the initiatives and the vision of IOM The Netherlands regarding diaspora inclusion and the role of multilateral organisations, The Broker interviewed two of their senior officials.