Diasporas and Development

Diasporas and Development

by Barbara J. Merz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674024559

ISBN-13: 9780674024557

Pub. Date: 03/28/2007

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Just as trade, finance, information, and technologies are moving rapidly across borders, so too have labor markets and transnational migrant communities. Migrants are sending large quantities of money back to their countries of origin in the form of philanthropy, remittances, and commercial investments. They are also sharing knowledge and skills learned or

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Overview

Just as trade, finance, information, and technologies are moving rapidly across borders, so too have labor markets and transnational migrant communities. Migrants are sending large quantities of money back to their countries of origin in the form of philanthropy, remittances, and commercial investments. They are also sharing knowledge and skills learned or developed abroad. Is greater global equity an inevitable consequence of such diaspora philanthropy, or can this giving actually aggravate inequity? Diasporas and Development examines the positive--and sometimes negative--impacts of diaspora engagement in Africa, Asia, Central America, and the Caribbean.

How can the equity impact of this global giving be maximized? Might creative intermediary mechanisms or public policies help channel diaspora philanthropy in positive directions? They also explore motivations for the dark sides of diaspora engagement such as support for extremist organizations, organized crime, ethnic violence, and even civil war. Diasporas and Development aims to deepen the understanding of the promise and pitfalls of diaspora philanthropy and how it might help bridge the distances between societies in an unequal world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674024557
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2007
Series:
Studies in Global Equity Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
274
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Conference Participants

Contributors

1. Overview: Diasporas and Development

2. Focusing on the State: Government Responses to Diaspora Giving and Implications for Equity

3. What Can Remittances and Other Migrant Flows Do for Equitable Development?

4. The Janus Face of Diasporas

5. Diaspora Philanthropy to Asia

6. African Diasporas

7. Diaspora Engagement in the Caribbean

8. Central American Diasporas and Hometown Associations

Index

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