Diasporas

New Partners in Global Development Policy

Foreword by Karen D. Turner

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 by the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of Poverty Reduction, Diaspora Networks Alliance.

Contributors include Roberto Munster, Hiroyuki Tanaka, Carlyanna Taylor, and Aaron Terrazas.