This DEMAC study reviews the work of six diaspora organisations (DOs) in Syria and Somalia. It provides a critical analysis and a case study approach to advance the understanding of diaspora organisations’ contributions in humanitarian settings. This research inquires how small- and medium-scale Diaspora organisations add value in remote and restricted settings where mainstream humanitarian actors face challenges of access, local ownership and sustainability. It concludes on areas of complementarity between DOs and the institutional humanitarian sector, outlining DOs strengths and weaknesses, achievements and areas where they should be supported.
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