Diasporas play an increasingly prominent role in discussions on foreign assistance and development policy. Governments of migrant-sending countries are working to attract both the talents and resources of emigrants and their descendants while governments of aid-sending countries hope to improve the outcomes of development assistance by engaging the talents and expertise of diasporas. Independently of governments, many diaspora groups or individuals recognize profitable opportunities in their homelands, or contribute their time, talents, and resources to improving the quality of life there.
This volume examines the development impact of diasporas in six critical areas: entrepreneurship, capital markets, "nostalgia" trade and "heritage" tourism, philanthropy, volunteerism, and advocacy.
It is the result of research commissioned from the Migration Policy Institute by the US Agency for International Development's (USAID) Office of Poverty Reduction, Diaspora Networks Alliance.
What People Are Saying About Diasporas: New Partners in Global Development Policy:
Ambassador William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration:
"The Migration Policy Institute has made another significant contribution to our understanding of the manifold relationships between migration and development. Kathleen Newland and her colleagues survey the development impact of diasporas in six critical areas and identify concrete opportunities for collaboration among diasporas and both their countries of origin and destination. As the leading intergovernmental organization in the field of migration, IOM recommends that policymakers worldwide pay close attention to this book."
Geneive Brown Metzger, Consul General of Jamaica, New York:
"Most governments in developing countries are only starting to think beyond remittances to the other ways that diaspora communities can add to the growth and vitality of their ancestral countries. This book shows how diaspora participation in tourism, philanthropy, volunteerism, and other areas can be an entry point for a broader, more satisfying relationship between Jamaicans at home and abroad."
Dr. Sanjay Sinho, Chief Executive Officer, American India Foundation:
"A compelling overview of the linkages between diaspora populations and how thoughtful efforts to create opportunities for engagement with their countries of origin can make a real difference to development."
Table of Contents
Foreword By Karen D. Turner, Career Minister, Director of the Office of Development Parters, US Agency for International Development
Chapter 1 Six Studies and a Road Map: Diasporas as Partners in Development By Kathleen Newland
Chapter 2 Mobilizing Diaspora Entrepreneurship for Development By Kathleen Newland and Hiroyuki Tanaka
Chapter 3 Diaspora Investment in Developing and Emerging Country Capital Markets: Patterns and Prospects By Aaron Terrazas
Chapter 4 Heritage Tourism and Nostalgia Trade: A Diaspora Niche in the Development Landscape By Kathleen Newland and Carylanna Taylor
Chapter 5 Diaspora Philanthropy: Private Giving and Public Policy By Kathleen Newland, Aaron Terrazas, and Roberto Munster
Chapter 6 Connected through Service: Diaspora Volunteers and Global Development By Aaron Terrazas
Chapter 7 Voice after Exit: Diaspora Advocacy By Kathleen Newland