Monday, 11 June 2007

IOM/UNITAR Seminar: Diaspora as Development Actors

Migration and Development Series 2007 Diasporas as Development Actors Tuesday, 4 September - Wednesday, 5 September, 2007, Conference Room TBA, UNHQ

This two-day seminar will gather diaspora organizations and government representatives from around the world to explore and discuss forms of engagement geared towards two issues: i) promoting home country development, and ii) addressing challenges of co-existence and integration in host communities. The seminar will be dedicated to discussing models of cooperation related to the multiple contributions that diasporas make to development in their countries of origin. In this regard, it will look at how diaspora organizations can support government policies and programmes and foster private sector development through, for example, foreign direct investment. It will also focus on the enabling frameworks that countries of origin and residence need to provide in order to facilitate diaspora engagement as “development actors”.During the two days, thematic and regional working group sessions will be held, allowing for the presentation of existing best practices, an exchange of views and experiences, and a discussion of innovative approaches with all stakeholders involved.
A draft agenda will be posted shortly.

For further information on this Workshop Series, please contact Sarah Rosengaertner of UNITAR at, (212) 963-9196 or Amy Muedin of IOM at, (212) 681-7000 ext. 209.

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