The need to have dialogues on topics of diaspora affairs and transnationalism cannot be over emphasized, especially after witnessing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic globally.
This is just one aspect of what the Global Research Forum on Diaspora and Transnationalism (GRFDT) does by forming a consortium of researchers and policy makers from international institutions and organisations.
According to the GRFDT’s website, its mission and vision includes:
- To generate ideas through discussions, seminars, conferences, etc. on various issues related to Diaspora and Transnationalism.
- To engage in and promote interdisciplinary research on Diaspora and Transnationalism.
- To organize advanced level training in research and undertake evaluations in Diaspora and Transnationalism.
- To publish periodically and/or occasionally journals, books, working papers, newsletters and policy briefs and maintain reference library and online archives, etc.
- To promote dialogue among academicians, policy makers, industry & civil society on various emerging issues relating to Diaspora & Transnationalism.
- To compile and disseminate ethical issues related to research and policy on Diaspora and Transnationalism.
- To create and maintain a database of professionals, academicians and policy makers and facilitate research and studies on Diaspora and Transnationalism.
- To collaborate and work with public and private institutions and organisations focusing on issues related to Diaspora and transnationalism.
- Any other activity the society may identify in future that is relevant and related to Diaspora and Transnationalism.
The GRFDT also works to interact with global diaspora experts and publishes Roots and Routes, a monthly newsletter that focuses on different aspects of migration, along with pertinent issues related to the diaspora and international affairs.
By working as an academic and policy think tank, GRFDT is currently based in India and have organised several virtual panels on migration policies during the COVID-19 global pandemic as part of their efforts to promote diaspora engagement on its platform.
To contact Global Research Forum on Diaspora and Transnationalism (GRFDT), please visit: https://grfdt.com
By: Theresa R. Fianko
Additional Sources: Global Research Forum on Diaspora and Transnationalism (GRFDT website