Migration & Development: Diaspora Engagement
The diaspora plays an important role in achieving development outcomes. Its engagement can help strengthen the link between migration and sustainable development. The 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDGs) targets acknowledge their role and consider diaspora engagement as instrumental to the development process.
It is now widely recognized that migrants and diasporas have a core role to play to contribute to development in their countries of origin. What is less clear, however, is how to concretely promote their contributions to development. Over the years, a myriad of initiatives have emerged to engage diaspora and harness the potential of these development actors. Usually with mixed results and always with a certain impression that there is a “continual untapped potential” and that these actors are difficult to “capture”.
As regions experiencing high emigration and strongly relying on resources provided by their diaspora, countries in the Western Balkans, Eastern Europe, and South Caucasus do not escape this phenomenon. There is an increasing focus on diaspora engagement by the governments and their partners.
This Learning Brief provides an overview of these issues in these regions and lays out several good practices and lessons learned on diaspora engagement.
Developed as part of RECONOMY, an initiative aiming at acting as a regional facilitator by fostering partnership and knowledge sharing, the goals of this tool are manifold: take stock of the existing knowledge and experience, share the learning, stimulate the reflection, and promote exchange and partnership.