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Title:ASC-KDCN-VSO Kenya volunteer project maximizing the value of the Kenyan diaspora
Authors:Akinyoade, AkinyinkaISNI
Ongáyo, Anthony Otieno
Series:ASC infosheet
City of publisher:Leiden
Publisher:African Studies Centre
Geographic terms:Kenya
Abstract:The Netherlands has had a special relationship with Kenya in the field of foreign trade and development cooperation since the 1950s (Kazimierczuk 2015). At a more private level, it is also recognized that the Kenyan diaspora are well equipped to transfer Dutch knowledge and entrepreneurship across the cultural divide back to counterparts in their country of origin (Kinuthia and Akinyoade 2012). With this background, the ASC (African Studies Centre Leiden), VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) and KDCN (Kenyan Diaspora Community in the Netherlands) with the support of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs organized a volunteer project titled 'Maximizing the value of the Kenyan diaspora'. This infosheet reports on the experiences of the twelve volunteers, selected from the Kenyan diaspora community (KDCN) in the Netherlands, who were recruited for their professional expertise to work and share knowledge with Kenyan businesses and organizations, each of whom spent three or six months with host organizations, contributing to diverse developmental activities related to their professional expertise, skill and experience. [ASC Leiden abstract]