Diasporas, Development and Governance in the Global South

Increasingly, governments in the Global South are turning to their own extra-national diasporic populations in order to boost economic development, build global trading and investment networks and increase their political leverage overseas.

Beginning in 2012, this project will enhance international understandings of the role of diasporas in development, identify best practices for policy engagement of diasporas and facilitate Canadian diaspora engagement in development. It consists of three parts:

  • critical examination of efforts by international organizations and governments in the South and North to facilitate development in the Global South through engagement with diasporas;
  • identification of new trends and best practices in diaspora engagement; and
  • assessment of the current and potential role of migrant diasporas in Canada in the economic, social and political development of the Global South.

The project will achieve these objectives by bringing together leading international researchers and policy makers for a focused discussion and dialogue on the governance of diaspora engagement. Project leaders will produce a background research paper on global diaspora engagement in development, host an international policy conference focused on the international actors in diaspora development (planned for May 2013) and publish a volume of papers on the conference theme. 

This will be the first initiative of its kind and is long overdue given the growing interest of states and international organizations in programs and policies to facilitate greater diaspora engagement.