Engaging Diasporas as Development Partners for Home and Destination Countries

Challenges for Policymakers

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This publication explores different challenges posed to home and host country governments engaging with their diasporas for development purposes. How to define diasporas? How to gather data on diasporas? How to incorporate diaspora contributions into development strategies? How to identify most relevant partners within the diasporas? What incentives are conducive to diaspora contributions? What resources are available within diasporas and how can their impact on development be maximized? What is the role for policy? These are some of the questions raised in this publication.



Partnering with relevant diasporas

Diaspora individuals and diaspora-organized entities are extremely varied. Decision makers willing to collaborate with diasporas in home and host countries are faced with a multitude of interlocutors who often represent diverse interests. For home country policies engaging diasporas for development to be realistic and effective, the home country’s development strategy and the particular choice of diaspora members willing to engage themselves either for motives of philanthropy or profit, in particular development activities in their home countries, will need to be compatible and mutually supportive.


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