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Leveraging Talent Abroad for Home Country Development: Lessons from Asia and Europe for Pilot Diaspora Networks in Latin America

Washington, DC.
Brownbag Lunch Seminar, February 8, 2007


Diaspora Networks

How can talent abroad help advance changes in home countries? The brain-drain pattern of migration long drew many of the most promising students from poor countries to lucrative and challenging careers in developed countries. Today this pattern shows signs of turning into a back and forth movement, or diaspora network, in which talented students still go abroad to continue their studies and work in the developed economies but then use their own global networks, and especially those of their diasporas, to help build new establishments in their home countries.

First half of a talk reviewed evidence for this claim on the basis of World Bank's recent book "Diaspora Networks and the International Migration of Skills. How Countries Can Draw on Their Talent Abroad". Second part of the talk reviewed experiences of recent pilot initiatives to leverage technical talent from Latin American economies to promote innovation at home - redes de talento para innovacion, notably ChileGlobal, Mexico' Red de Talentos Para Innovacion and a pilot in Argentina.


PdfLeveraging Talent Abroad for Home Country Development: Lessons from Asia and Europe for Pilot Diaspora Networks in Latin America. Yevgeny Kuznetsov (PDF, 1021Kb)


Yevgeny Kuznetsov is Senior Economist, Knowledge for Development Program at the World Bank Institute. In the World Bank he is a leader in analytical work and pilot initiatives to utilize financial and knowledge capital of expatriate communities for development of their home countries. Prior to joining the WBI, he was in the private sector development cluster of Latin America Region leading major reports, lending operations and pilot projects in Mexico, Chile, Central America and Argentina. He has written extensively on institutional and technological evolution in semi-industrialised and post-socialist economies. He joined the Bank in 1995 after working for Foreign Policy Studies Program of Brookings Institution.

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