Diaspora and Development

Enabling, Engaging and Empowering Diaspora for Development

 

Setting a New Framework for Global Diaspora Dialogue

Governments and experts share experiences in order to identify better ways to engage, enable and empower diaspora communities, and promote them as development actors.

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Diaspora members can play significant roles in the development of their country of origin. At its turn IOM can play a significant role in facilitating engagement between diasporas and their countries of origin.

Migrants and mobile populations benefit from an improved standard of physical, mental and social wellbeing, which enables them to substantially contribute towards the social and economic development of their home communities and host societies. 

Migrant children participate in the Global Handwashing Day in Cairo 

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While discussions of migration and development have become more prominent in recent years, policy and programming remain embryonic. Mainstreaming Migration into Development Planning: A Handbook for Policy-makers and Practitioners responds to the gap between talk and action, acting as a step-by-step guide for policymakers, giving practical meaning to the concept of Migration and Development.

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Local content policies: a channel for diaspora reintegration in countries of origin?

Lunchtime side event at IDM 2013:
Diaspora Ministerial Conference

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Governments at both ends of the migration cycle increasingly recognize the value of diasporas’ spontaneous engagements with their countries of origin and are seeking ways to cooperate with them.

Developing a Road Map for Engaging Diasporas in Development, offers policymakers and practitioners a user-friendly and practical guide on the state of the art in governmental diaspora initiatives. 

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"The leadership of African Women in the diaspora is a prerequisite in finding sustainable solutions to the development of their country of origin."

Ms. Ndioro Ndiaye,  Former Deputy Director General, IOM

In 2012 remittances sent to developing countries reached an estimated USD 401 billion. Recently IOM programmes have focused on the facilitation of remittances—the private financial transfers of migrants—and the development impact that they can have on communities and countries of origin.

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The Migration for development in Africa (MIDA) initiative links the skills and expertise in the diaspora to the development of home countries. The MIDA Ghana Health project aims to build a bridge between available resources of the Ghanaian diaspora and needs, opportunities and policies in the health sector in Ghana.

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In order to carry out its vision of migration and development, IOM implements programmes in the form of capacity building for governments and communities, delivery of social programmes and community development.

A native of Sierra Nevada enjoys a bath at the Indigenous Knowledge Centre (Centro de Saberes Indigenas), built by IOM with USAID funding.

Governments at both ends of the migration cycle increasingly recognize the value of diasporas’ engagements with their countries of origin. Developing a Road Map for Engaging Diasporas in Development, offers policymakers and practitioners a user-friendly and practical guide on the state of the art in governmental diaspora initiatives.

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MIDA

"Migration for Development in Africa" (MIDA) is a capacity-building programme, which helps to mobilize competencies acquired by African nationals abroad for the benefit of Africa's development.

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IOM’s 3E’s Strategy to Enable, Engage and Empower Diaspora

Drawing on its long-standing experience, IOM has formulated a comprehensive strategic approach centred on the 3Es for action: to enable, engage and empower transnational communities as agents for development – with each area involving a range of interventions by governments and other stakeholders, supported by IOM through policy advice and programming.

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Maximizing the positive relationship between migration and development has long been a focus of the work of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

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Diaspora Related Projects