Thomás Debass, Regional Director, Global Partnership Initiative, Office of the US Secretary of State
Kathleen Newland, Director of MPI’s Migrants, Migration and Development Program
Pradeep Ramamurthy, Senior Director of Global Engagement at the National Security Council (TBC)
Karen D. Turner, Director, Office of Development Partners, US Agency for International Development
Diasporas play an increasingly prominent role in discussions on US cooperation with other countries. Diaspora groups and individuals are often deeply involved in efforts to reduce poverty, improve the quality of life, and promote sustainable growth in their ancestral countries across the developing world. Their self-generated efforts are attracting growing attention among policymakers. Governments of migrant-origin countries are working to attract both the talents and resources of their emigrants while governments of migrant-receiving countries hope to strengthen their ties and improve the outcome of development assistance by engaging immigrants and their descendants. However, practice has developed faster than policy. Key questions remain unanswered. How are diasporas similar to and different from other development actors? Where do the interests and capabilities of diasporas, donor governments, and developing countries overlap or contradict each other? What are the challenges of partnering with diasporas on specific development initiatives?
Over the past year, MPI has partnered with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to examine how diasporas contribute to – or detract from - development efforts in their countries of origin. MPI and USAID have published an edited volume of the research. Please join us for the release of the book where speakers will discuss new thinking on the role of diaspora engagement in US foreign and development policy.
The book will be available for purchase. A reception will follow the event.
You can pre-order a copy of the book for pick-up at the event by clicking here. Copies are also available for sale in our online bookstore.
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