Building Institutional Cooperation between the Diaspora and Homeland Governments in Africa: The Cases of Ghana, Nigeria, Germany, USA and the UK
This policy-relevant study was undertaken in order to gain a better understanding of how interaction and engagement between the African diaspora and homeland institutions in the past decade have facilitated the development of formal cooperation between the two entities. The study examined trends and developments from experiences, policy constraints and catalysts of best practices and has identified key drivers for institutional cooperation between the diaspora and homeland governments from which valuable lessons can be learned. This study - the first of its kind - is a collaborative effort involving institutions and researchers from both home and host countries working in the field of migration and development. It articulates the voices and perspectives of diaspora and homeland researchers on a topic that they themselves have identified as a research priority in this field. The study was published in order to contribute to the policy dialogue currently taking place in the field from a perspective which has, until now, been largely overlooked despite its critical significance. Furthermore, the study advances knowledge in the field by contributing to our understanding of the long-term sustainability of diaspora-driven development activities in the homelands. In this regard, the study not only addresses a new research agenda but also fills a knowledge gap in the field of migration and development. This publication proposes policy measures and feasible strategies that can foster the development of formal, effective and sustainable institutional cooperation between diaspora and homeland governments, significantly increasing the contribution of the diaspora to the overall development of their countries of origin in a sustainable and large-scale manner. Enhanced institutional cooperation can also help the governments of Africa integrate diaspora-driven development into their respective domestic development strategies, such as the Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers and plans for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. The book is intended to inform policymakers in the field of migration and development of the benefits to be gained from formal institutional cooperation with the diaspora development practitioners.
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