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 Ministerial Conference

MIDA Progetto Ghana-Senegal

MIDA aims to  contribute to the socioeconomic development of the African continent by helping  to mobilize competencies acquired by African nationals abroad for the benefit of their home countries.

International Dialogue on Migration 2013
     Diaspora Ministerial Conference
18 and 19 June 2013, Geneva

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) organized, in the framework of the International Dialogue on Migration (IDM) the first Diaspora Ministerial Conference (DMC).

Why a Diaspora Ministerial Conference?

The role of diasporas drives increasing interest among a variety of stakeholders in areas such as development, poverty reduction, economic growth, trade or post-crisis recovery. Avenues are being sought to increase collaboration with diaspora communities in realizing their own aspirations and assisting them to maximize their potential to development.

Why in 2013?

Over the last ten years, a growing number of countries have established government bodies and institutions with responsibility for diaspora engagement. Some have created intergovernmental and parliamentary committees to coordinate actions on both the executive and legislative fronts. Others have created legislative and regulatory frameworks to facilitate diaspora engagement. Others still have established programmes that specifically target diasporas as development actors.

2013 is a momentous year for the first DMC. It reflects and will feed into a broader debate on migration and development ahead of the UN General Assembly High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development in October 2013 and on the role of migration in the post-2015 development agenda

Outcome of the Conference

Over 500 participants including 55 Ministers and high-level government officials, 143 country delegations and representatives of academia, media and private sector reunited at IOM’s milestone high-level conference.  The meeting helped to identify ways to engage, enable and empower diaspora communities; gathered recommendations for diaspora-related policy, research and operations and created networks among ministers and senior officials working with diasporas. The outcomes of the meeting will inform the UN General Assembly’s High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development scheduled to take place in New York on 3rd- 4th October 2013.

Click here for the Summary of discussions

Click here for the Final agenda

Click here for the Background paper

Click here for the Photos of the event

For further information about the DMC please write us at: idmworkshop@iom.int