On March 21, 2013, it was announced that the Canadian International Development Agency and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade would merge into a new Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD). The second Jr. Fellows policy brief of 2013 explores the new opportunities that will emerge for a more coherent approach to diasporic engagement initiatives that combine the existing policy directions under a single umbrella. Authors Manuelle Chanoine, Meredith Giel and Tâmara Simão offer recommendations to DFATD about how to work with diasporas in Canada to facilitate and improve engagement with their respective sending regions. They note that engagement should vary according to different levels of formal and informal government diasporic engagement, ranging from countries with weak government engagement to those with strong engagement.

The CIGI Junior Fellows program at the Balsillie School of International Affairs provides masters level students with mentorship opportunities from senior scholars and policy makers. Working under the direction of a project leader, each junior fellow conducts research in one of CIGI’s program areas. This series presents those policy briefs that met CIGI’s publications standards.