Diaspora Professionals

Engaging Diaspora Professionals for knowledge and skills transfer is crucial for countries of origin. Research shows that each profession is a kind of mini-diaspora, and Germin is taking this into account by creating professional networks of Diaspora members belonging to various professions, such as education professionals, finance, diplomacy, medicine, and more. Germin has launched an online platform where professionals can register, interact, collaborate, and share knowledge. The ultimate goal is to create the largest database of Diaspora professionals and facilitate collaboration among them, as well as between them and professionals in Kosovo. In addition, Germin plans to develop Diaspora co-working spaces in Kosovo, which can be used by Diaspora professionals when they visit Kosovo, providing them with the necessary space to work and connect with local professionals.

GERMIN is currently actively engaging diaspora professionals in at least three different projects. The first project, supported by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) based in the USA, aims to empower women in politics at the local level in Kosovo by providing mentorship from diaspora professionals. The second project, supported by the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) through USAID, links diaspora investors and entrepreneurs with three Sector Workforce Council leads and grant scheme beneficiaries in sectors of Wood Processing, Agribusiness, and ICT, with the aim of offering mentorship, technical assistance, internships, and promoting diaspora investment. The third project, implemented in partnership with the Kosovo Civil Society Foundation (KCSF) and USAID in Kosovo, aims to provide opportunities for cooperation and exchange between diaspora professionals and NGOs in Kosovo to enhance their abilities and address the lack of professional expertise in specific thematic areas.