Strengthen your country of origin through volunteer work

Are you working with a migrant organisation to improve the lives of people in your country of origin? Do you have good ideas that you would like to put into practice in cooperation with local partners? The Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM) can provide support and advice to help you achieve your goals.

What we offer

  • Annual funding of up to EUR 44,000 per project for small-scale projects
  • Advice on submitting applications, project management and PR work
  • Training on methods for successful knowledge transfer in preparation for project implementation
  • Targeted assistance in planning, implementing and sustainably anchoring your project in local structures from our coordinators in around 25 priority countries
  • Organisation of exchange, networking and specialist events

Your profile

  • You work with a non-profit diaspora organisation registered in Germany that was predominantly founded by and is represented by migrants.
  • You carry out non-profit, development-related projects in one of our priority countries.
  • Your project has a development focus and contributes to sustainable development in your country of origin through knowledge and technology transfer.
  • You work closely with local partners who are also involved in planning and implementing the project.
  • You are able to contribute at least 10% of the total funds requested.

Diaspora organisations as bridge builders and knowledge mediators

The German Federal Government’s Integration Commissioner estimates that there are around 20,000 diaspora organisations in Germany working to strengthen cultural cohesion and exchange through various non-profit activities. Many of these associations are also involved in projects in their countries of origin, thereby contributing actively to sustainable development at the local level. They facilitate the exchange of knowledge between their old and new homes, foster innovation and help improve living conditions for local people.

Send us your project idea!

On an annual basis, CIM issues calls for proposals to promote development projects carried out by diaspora organisations in their country of origin. Whatever your organisation wants to support – new education projects or the use of modern technology in your country of origin, training of teachers and specialist personnel, or providing information on themes such as HIV/AIDS, energy efficiency and environmental protection – you can submit your project proposal!

We can help you prepare your application, plan your project and locally implement your project idea.

This service is available in the following priority countries: Albania, Cameroon, Colombia, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo, Morocco, Nepal, Nigeria, Palestinian Territories, Peru, Senegal, Serbia, Tunisia, Ukraine and Viet Nam.

Real life experience

It made Julieth Hernandez sad when she met children in Colombia who did not even have a ball to play with. Today, she is actively involved in the Colombian-German Friendship Association and its “Sport against violence” project. With ‘little games,’ children learn how to interact with others and how to resolve conflicts without resorting to violence.


Find information or assistance for your ideas.