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  • International Conference on Diaspora and Development. World Bank, Washington DC: July 13-14 2009

    Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

    From the World Bank:

    The Migration and Remittances team of the Development Economics Prospects Group and the Migration Working Group of the World Bank are organizing an International Conference on Diaspora and Development on July 13-14, 2009.

    The diaspora of developing countries can be a potent force for development for their countries of origin, through remittances, but more importantly, through the promotion of trade, investments, knowledge and technology transfers. The conference aims to consolidate research and evidence on these issues with a view to formulating policies in both sending and receiving countries.

    The Keynote session will focus on the “Impact of the Crisis on Migration and Remittances”, while there will be other sessions on

    • Diaspora as a strategy for the global mobility of skills
    • Contributions of unskilled diaspora to development
    • Mobilising diaspora investments
    • Deepening diaspora ties
    • Mobilising highly-skilled diaspora
    • Working with diaspora and diaspora associations
    • Diaspora actions
    • Collective remittances: country experiences
    • Circular migration and returns

    The agenda notes there will be an (unnamed) representative from Ireland speaking as part of the panel discussion on diaspora ties.

    Visit Conference website.