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Zohra and the hackathon: diaspora cooperation

  • Zohra and the hackathon: diaspora cooperation

    As a child of a Tunisian guest worker family in Germany, I feel part of both countries: in Germany I study computer science at the University of Cologne and often go to the Tunisian Cultural Association. During the holidays I visit my relatives and friends in Tunis with my parents.

  • Zohra and the hackathon: diaspora cooperation

    Alongside my studies, I am engaged in a German-Tunisian student group that is committed to the successful integration of Tunisian students at German universities. In 2011, my life changed through the Arab Spring, whose events I followed through social media.

  • Zohra and the hackathon: diaspora cooperation

    Feeling enthusiastic about the optimistic spirit of the Arab Spring, our student group organized information meetings and discussions on the topic at my university. But after a while this was no longer enough for us - we wanted to help shape Tunisia‘s social transformation rather than just commenting on it from the outside.

  • Zohra and the hackathon: diaspora cooperation

    My student group holds a lot of potential: all members are experts on different topics, yet we all share the common desire for a peaceful, democratic and open Tunisia. In order to contribute to this goal, we decided to establish a common knowledge platform between Germany and Tunisia.

  • Zohra and the hackathon: diaspora cooperation

    As part of this knowledge platform we established so-called “Hackathons”, which refers to organized brainstorming on a specific problem. I believe that the Hackathons are a way to bring together experts from Tunisia and Germany and I hope that solutions can be found for current issues in Tunisia.

  • Zohra and the hackathon: diaspora cooperation

    The solutions developed by the „Hackathon“ are supposed to serve as the basis for pilot projects in Tunisia. Through my contacts with various migrant organizations in Germany, I learned about the Center for International Migration and Development (CIM), a working group formed by GIZ and the Federal Employment Agency. CIM advises diaspora groups and supports them through networking meetings and financial contributions. Could this be a chance for our group?

We would like to thank the GIZ Sector Project Migration & Development for providing us with the Stories about Migration and Development for further usage. The brochure can be downloaded in PDF format on the website of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Download: Stories about Migration and Development

There you can also find a selection of links to documents and websites providing further information on migration issues.

BMZ: Migration – Documents and links

June 2017

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