[ Networks ]


The diaspora networks are not exhaustive, as we captured instances of online/offline cooperation at certain moments in time. In most cases, we mapped the diaspora ecosystem over a period of two years, exploring how groups and organisations interact, and with whom. Once we update a network, we can observe changes over time, the evolving priorities, agendas, and behaviours that tend to reshape cooperation. Moreover, networks are not static, but always evolve in response to external factors (for example, Brexit, a global pandemic, wars, refugee crises). A network transforms also when new organisations emerge, others dissolve or change the outlook and cooperative practices based on lessons learnt.


It may not be intuitive to explore at first, but once you click on a network, a small world opens. Upon selecting a node (entity) an information pane pops up to the right, indicating the category, sub-category, and type of actor, medium (online/offline/both), geolocation (if the case), and other statistical measures useful for future analyses and research. The Zoom IN/OUT controls, expand or contract the map to show/hide labels (for nodes and links). To the left, the Group Selector filters nodes/entities based on Category (i.e.: private sector, media, diaspora groups & organisations, public authorities).
A node represents an entity, diaspora or otherwise. The connecting line (the link) between two nodes indicates the type of interaction (cooperation) and is labelled as such. We maintained the type of interaction with the highest weight (the more impactful).


A recent, ongoing effort focuses on mapping government and international responses to the unravelling crisis in Ukraine. Amongst others, we conduct these analyses to inform humanitarian assistance, exploring whether connectivity (between all these initiatives) can render relief efforts more effective.


The interactive networks are a useful resource for: home and host country institutions seeking to adapt diaspora engagement policies; international organisations; diasporic communities and civil society at large. For diaspora associations and groups, the interactive networks act as enablers. Why? Organisations no matter how small can: 

  • Scope for similar initiatives or diversify their partnerships to reach a wider audience.  
  • Identify new opportunities for cooperation, pooling of resources with other diaspora associations pursuing similar goals or projects, as well as new sources of funding. 
  • Observe how their own networks change over time and strategise accordingly. 
  • Take informed decisions and leverage support, through better community engagement and institutional outreach.

As we continue to update the networks, engaging the community in this ongoing effort is important to us. If you represent a newly founded diaspora organisation or group (formal/informal), not yet included in the network, please contact us and we’ll make sure to update in due course. We are open to any inquiries that may help you navigate and understand your own network. For a full picture of how all these dimensions fit together check the COMMUNITY PROFILES section, as well as the full ‘Understanding Diasporas’ reports (Initiatives Section). 


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