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Summary

When crises erupt, diaspora initiatives and organisations are often first-line responders, quickly sending relief aid, money and volunteers directly to affected communities and support local structures. Due to their ties and networks in their countries of origin, diasporas have access to knowledge of when a crisis is about to occur, are able to assist quickly during crisis, also in areas with limited access to conventional actors, and continue providing support as the crisis stage moves to rehabilitation and recovery.

Diaspora organisations and representatives stand together in a spirit of the commitments required for a more efficient and complementary humanitarian response.