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Diasporas of Highly Skilled and Migration of Talent

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International migration of skills and talent is a growing field of academic inquiry as well as emerging field of practical expertise. As countries move to second-generation  reforms and focus on long-term growth agenda, they increasingly reach to their Diasporas as an entry point to articulate and implement such agendas. This section is devoted to the Diaspora-related research and growing number of WBI activities in this area. We are grateful for the generous support of the DFID Knowledge and Skills for the New Economy partnership.


New and Noteworthy

bullet point for eventsGlobal Projects of a Global Irish: Articulating Peace and Reconciliation Platforms in the World.  Washington, D.C, March 4, 2010. 

bullet point for eventsDiaspora Engagement with Fragile States: Lessons and Prospects.  Washington, D.C, November 9, 2009.

bullet point for eventsLeveraging Diasporas to Scale Up Social Entrepreneurship in Human Development: the Experience of Coptic Orphans.  Washington, D.C, September 15, 2009.

bullet point for eventsAccessing Global Knowledge Workshop. New Delhi, India, March 17, 2008. 

bullet point for eventsThe Global Role Model - Yevgeny Kuznetsov discussed in the interview why GlobalScot is so relevant for middle-income developing economies. August 2007.


bullet point for events How to Leverage Talent Abroad to Benefit Home Countries? Experience and Results Agenda of Diaspora and Venture Capital Networks. A one-day workshop on Diaspora Networks. Washington, D.C, June 13, 2007.


bullet point for eventsLeveraging Talent Abroad for Home Country Development: Lessons from Asia and Europe for Pilot Diaspora Networks in Latin America. A brown bag lunch seminar for the recent book “Diaspora Networks and the International Migration of Skills - How Countries Can Draw on Their Talent Abroad", and review experiences of recent pilot initiatives to leverage technical talent from Latin American economies to promote innovation at home. February 8, 2007.


bullet point for events A meeting of ChileGlobal Diaspora network was held in New York from June 22 to 24, 2006. See the materials (PDF, 3.59Mb) of the meeting, in Spanish. A meeting of Mexico' network of Talent was held in Mexico City on June 20 and 21, 2006. See the report (PDF, 29Kb) on the meeting and the current status of the initiative.


bullet point for eventsPromoting Innovation Networks for High-Productivity Employment. Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 14-15, 2006. The seminar brought together participants from Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Russia, Israel, USA and UKto share best practice in promoting innovation networks and clusters, including experience on venture capital industry. Particular attention was devoted to Diaspora networks as a tool to open up and reform national innovation systems. (Spanish)


bullet point for events Diaspora Networks and the International Migration of Skills: How Countries Can Draw on Their Talent Abroad. WBI Development Studies, Edited by Yevgeny Kuznetsov, K4D Program. June 2006.


bullet point for eventsWorld Bank report on International Migration, Remittances, and the Brain Drain 

bullet point for eventsOn requests of the governments, K4D Program has provided advisory services to develop relevant pilot initiatives in Chile, Mexico and ArgentinaThis section summarizes developments in this field of work.

bullet point for eventsThis issue of Bridges, a quarterly on-line magazine on science and technology policy in Europe and North America, published an article on the "Globalization of Science & Technology and the Role of Diaspora Networks." Jutta Kern, the deputy director of the Office of Science & Technology at the Embassy of Austria in Washington, D.C., demonstrates how the promise of scientific and technological progress is increasingly coming to bear on matters of international development aid and how the concept of the knowledge-based economy might eventually replace the more traditional axioms of international development. The article also provides links to a number of relevant publications and websites.  






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