GSD Background

Global Somali Diaspora (GSD)

GSD Background

Global Somali Diaspora (GSD) is a global not-for-profit organization working to bring
together and mobilize members of the Somali Diaspora for positive action. GSD
advocates and promotes the full integration of Somali Diaspora communities within
their host nations while also remaining connected to their cultural heritage. Work is
also undertaken by GSD to encourage members of the Somali Diaspora to
contribute to efforts promoting peacebuilding, reconciliation, reconstruction and
development in their homeland of Somalia. Established in 2014 by participants of an
international Somali Diaspora conference convened in Istanbul, Turkey, today GSD
has representatives from Somali communities around the world including the US,
United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, Switzerland,
Italy, Denmark as well as other countries in Africa and Asia. It is a foundational belief
of GSD that a connected and unified Somali Diaspora offers opportunities to meet
mutual challenges as well as opportunities shared by their communities living in their
host countries while also playing a strong and positive role in the rebuilding of
Somalia.

Highlights of Global Somali Diaspora

The Global Somali Diaspora (GSD) was established as the result of a series
consultations and meetings that took place among members of various Somali
Diaspora communities. These discussions continued during an international Somali
Diaspora conference that took place in Istanbul, Turkey, from 21-22 June 2014. It
was during this conference that more than 100 delegates from around the world –
including community representatives, academics, professionals, community
representatives and activists – agreed to the creation of a unified Somali diaspora
organization and elected an interim executive leadership and two boards – Board of
Advisors and Board of Directors – as well as leaders of national chapters. The new
name chosen for this organisation was the Global Somali Diaspora (GSD).
Since its inception the GSD has worked to support and advocate on behalf of Somali
communities and their members living across the Diaspora. Each national GSD
chapter has worked to actively engage with local Somali communities, regardless of
clan affiliation, to address their needs, interests and any other issues of concern.
This has included organizing local events and workshops, empowering members of
their communities to transfer skills and investment back to Somlia, organizing
humanitarian relief in response to natural disasters and terrorist attacks as well as
participating in various national, regional and international conferences.