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Global Diaspora Project

Diasporas of Highly Skilled and Migration of Talent

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Welcome to Global Diaspora Project

A new diaspora agenda builds on the premises that the increased salience of diaspora networks has more than a direct economic impact on home countries- either through technology transfer or “knowledge networks”.

Schedule of the Project

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 events International Migration and Institutional Development in Home Countries: Implications for North Africa, February 4, 2009, Natasha Iskander (NYU), Yevgeny Kuznetsov, Matteo Morgandi 
bullet point for events Diaspora Philanthropy as a Vehicle for Institutional Change in Home Country: Lessons of Irish Funds, March 18, 2009, Kingsley Aikins -CEO and the President of the Irish Fund
bullet point for events Enhancing Youth Entrepreneurship in Argentina by Leveraging its Diaspora, May 4, 2009, A. Mashad - Endeavor, Argentina & M. Lafuente -Diaspora Entrepreneurship Pilot
bullet point for events A New Agenda for India Diaspora, June, 2009, TBC -Devesh Kapur - UPenn 

Diasporas of highly skilled can contribute to institution-building in home countries. Multiple incremental contributions from highly-skilled diaspora members lead to the transformation of home-country private and public sector institutions.

The Mac Arthur Foundation supports a project which focuses on two main objectives: (i) advancing the understanding of why and how such institutional developments are happening and (ii) developing approaches to incorporate the findings in institutional development of developing countries.

The project will work with empirically-based case studies of diaspora-home country interactions. Several focus countries -- Mexico, Russia, India, Argentina, South Korea and Morocco -- will be explored in depth. The objective of these case studies is to inform and advance the policy debate; thus, the specific focus will differ from country to country.

Policy and institutional development, or – how to incorporate the findings in institutional development of developing countries – will be analyzed through policy research focused on specific issues and articulation of South-South networks of diaspora professionals.

View the four blocks of the project here:

bullet point for events Documentation of Taiwan-type (China) dynamics in the interaction of innovation clusters at home and technological diaspora abroad
bullet point for events Pragmatic Diaspora agendas going beyond innovation clusters
bullet point for events Policy and institutional implications for design of relevant reforms and diaspora initiatives
bullet point for events Open migration chains

Highlights
Comparable surveys of the technological diasporas of Russia, Argentina, and South Korea will allow for cross-country comparisons.
In India the focus is on diaspora’s role in mundane yet strategic issues of public service delivery (including education, health, energy and transportation).
This section will explore the challenge of institutionalization of diaspora search networks.
This study will document emergence of open migration chains -- sequences of educational or job opportunities which allows a migrant to move to progressively complex educational and job tasks necessary to work in the global environment.



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