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Edited by Krishnan Sharma, Arun Kashyap, Manuel F. Montes and Paul Ladd

Realizing the Development Potential of Diasporas

Realizing the Development Potential of Diasporas
Edited by Krishnan Sharma, Arun Kashyap, Manuel F. Montes and Paul Ladd

ISBN: 978-92-808-1195-7
264 pages; paper; US$36.00
April 2011

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In Realizing the Development Potential of Diasporas, a collection of international experts, including academics, policymakers, practitioners in the private sector and representatives of diaspora communities contribute to furthering our understanding of how the growing population of expatriates from the developing world can be effectively leveraged to promote development in their homelands.

The issues covered include those relating to diaspora diversity and its impact on development, the potential of expatriates to further entrepreneurship and business development in their homeland, the effectiveness of remittances in furthering inclusive development and policies to better engage diasporas as drivers of development. Examples and case studies are provided in addition to the analysis and these focus on the experiences of specific diaspora networks, home country institutions promoting diaspora engagement, migrant entrepreneurs and financial institutions facilitating remittances. This book is written by experts and practitioners from a range of public and private organizations and institutions including Microfinance International Corporation, Western Union, Citibank, The Indus Entrepreneurs, Highland Tea Company, ChileGlobal, World Bank, United Nations, Inter-American Dialogue, African Foundation for Development and The George Washington University.

Krishnan Sharma is an Economist in the Financing for Development Office of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). Arun Kashyap is an Advisor for Private Sector Development in the Private Sector Division of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Manuel F. Montes is the Chief of the Policy Analysis and Development Branch at the Financing for Development Office of UNDESA. Paul Ladd is an Advisor to UNDP on issues related to inclusive globalization, including development finance, debt sustainability, trade and migration.

Table of contents

Foreword, Alexander Trepelkov

Introduction: Opportunities and challenges for mobilizing the potential of developing country diasporas, Krishnan Sharma, Arun Kashyap, Manuel Montes and Paul Ladd

Part I: Setting the stage

Part II: Diaspora funds and the poor

Part III: Diaspora entrepreneurs and development


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