Realizing the Developmental Potential of Diasporas - Conference
This seminar will focus on the much claimed but little studied proposition that the contribution of Diasporas to sending economies extends well beyond the remittance flows these economies receive. Particular attention is paid to the issue of Diaspora investment and entrepreneurship. There will be an analysis of the financial and non-financial channels of Diaspora contribution and areas where policies can effectively leverage diaspora capital to facilitate development. The speakers will emphasize the importance of public policies to widen the role of Diasporas in contributing to development. They will also suggest a categorization of diaspora activities and a framework for understanding diaspora diversity and its impact on development.