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International Workhop Announcement: Mobilize Diaspora 4SD - Mobilization of Intellectual and Financial Resources from Diaspora for Knowledge Based Sustainable Development in SEE, Sarajevo, 12 October 2011‏

International Workshop  MobilizeDiaspora4SD Mobilization of Intellectual and Financial Resources from Diaspora for Knowledge Based Sustainable Development in SEE 12 October 2011, Sarajevo, Parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina

(Pre-Conference event of the TAIEX conference “Emigration Issues in the
Western Balkans - joint approach to linking migration and development of the
countries of origin“ of Ministry for Human Rights and Refugees of Bosnia and
Herzegovina (Department for Emigration/Diaspora)


· Austrian Science and Research Liaison Office Ljubljana

· Regional Cooperation Council, Sarajevo

· UNESCO Venice Office <>

· Center for e-Governance Development in SEE CeGD Ljubljana

· Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

· International Association for the Advancement of Innovative
Approaches to Global Challenges Vienna - Ljubljana

· Ministry for Human Rights and Refugees of BiH - Department for

Background and Objectives of the Workshop:

This workshop is a follow-up to the International Workshop “Scientific
Diaspora and ICT- Using Modern Information and Communication Technologies to
Harness the Potential of Southeast Europe's Scientific Diaspora” organized
June 2009 by ASO Ljubljana, RCC, UNESCO Venice Office and CeGD (see for agenda, list of
participants, presentations etc.).

The rationale of the workshop is based on the fact that

- highly skilled professionals from the fields of science,
technology and business have emigrated from Southeast European countries in
extremely high numbers

- this “brain drain” is a substantial systemic problem for science,
education and innovation systems in Southeast Europe and therefore

- ways have to be found to reconnect highly skilled emigrants with
sustainable development efforts in their countries of origin

At the 2009 workshop the focus has been on Brain gain programmes, virtual
mobility and diaspora knowledge networks, Web 2.0 opportunities for cross
sectoral and international e-collaboration and Web 2.0 applications in RTD
governance as a new way / new culture of participatory and interactive
delivery of public services. There has been strong consensus at 2009
workshop that involving the human resources of diaspora in economic and
social development of SEE countries is extremely important and that
projects, programs and institutions need to be developed to facilitate the
mobilization of intellectual and financial resources as well as social
capital of diaspora for sustainable development of their countries of

At the 2011 follow-up workshop we aim at outlining concrete project
initiatives on regional level related to diaspora resources and sustainable
development in SEE

- explore collaborative ways through which a research consortium
gathering researchers and other key actors from different EE countries could
be established. The aim of it would be to identify funding opportunities to
jointly advance empirical and policy oriented research on skilled mobility,
diaspora engagement and development impact in the EE region[1].

- discuss the proposal of forging a multi-stakeholder partnership
with diaspora on knowledge based sustainable development in Southeast

- looking at the feasibility of establishing a network of Global
Challenges (GloCha) centers in SEE countries as new institutional framework
for organizing such a multi-stakeholder partnership for sustainable
development that would include diaspora

- outlining a common information and documentation system for
documentation and collaborative (web 2.0) assessment of the relevance of the
different types of contributions (knowledge, volunteerism/time, funding, in
kind contributions, ..) for sustainable development and

- discuss the role of public finance instruments (matching funds,
tax benefits, etc.) that would encourage engagement of foreign/diaspora and
domestic stakeholders in such collaborative sustainable development efforts.

- discuss possibilities to involve the private sector in diaspora
related development efforts in SEE

The Sarajevo workshop “MobilizeDiaspora4SD - Mobilization of Intellectual
and Financial Resources from Diaspora for Knowledge Based Sustainable
Development in SEE” and the plan of establishing a network of GloCha Centers
in SEE have strong links with the preparatory process for United Nations
Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Rio de Janeiro in June
2012 and shall provide input to UNESCO Science, Technology
and Innovation Global Assessment Program

With the initiatives that will be discussed at MobilizeDiaspora4SD workshop
in Sarajevo, Southeast European countries can develop a role model of an
innovative and inclusive (diaspora!) multistakeholder partnership for
sustainable development which can be presented at Rio+20 conference and
later on replicated in other parts of the world.

The potentials of GloCha centers as local focal points of a multilevel
governance multi-stakeholder innovation system towards sustainable
development have been discussed also at IAAI & ASO Ljubljana international
conference “Knowledge, Youth and Global Commons - Orienting Knowledge
Systems and Inter-Generational Relations towards Sustainable Development and
Rio+20” , 15. & 16. September 2011, Maria Loretto Palace, Klagenfurt am
Wörthersee (Austria)
with very favorable assessments from leading experts in the fields of
knowledge and management of societal change processes.

Another test of IAAI/GloCha concepts – with favorable outcome - has been the
workshop "Rio+20 – A Window of Opportunity for a Multi-Stakeholder
Partnership on Global Commons Growth" at 64th UN DPI NGO conference
“Sustainable Societies; Responsive Citizens” Bonn/Germany, Monday, 5
September, 2011

For further information (Agenda, Registration Form) see

Deadline for the registration is 8.10.2011

We intend to offer also a limited financial assistance (covering hotel costs
in Sarajevo (2 nights)) for the Scientific Diaspora Experts from South
Eastern European Countries (SEE). Please send an email with information
about your institutional background, relevant qualifications and motivations
for attendance in case you would like to receive support for participation
in the conference to