The North-South Institute


Diaspora Engagement for Change in Fragile States: Strengthening Health Systems in Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe

Emigration, weak capacity in health training and low health personnel-to-patient ratios are plaguing transitions from instability to development. The North-South Institute is partnering with the International Organization for Migration on a pilot project that will deploy diaspora health professionals to strengthen health systems and improve maternal and newborn care in Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe. A research component led by NSI will examine the impacts of short and medium-term diaspora placements and disseminate policy options and best practice to stakeholders.


Policy brief: Improving Health Systems with the South Sudanese Diaspora: An Alternative Model for International Development, by Barbara MacLaren (NSI), April 2012.

Report: Human Resources for Health Challenges in Fragile States: Evidence from Sierra Leone, South Sudan and Zimbabwe, by James MacKinnon and Barbara MacLaren (NSI), April 2012.

For more information, please contact:

Barbara MacLaren