Regional Assessment of Caribbean Diaspora and Information and Communications Technology
The research presented in this article was carried out with the support of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Institute for Connectivity in the Americas (ICA) and is based on surveys and field visits by Chanzo Greenidge and Schiller Jean-Baptiste for the Pan Americas Corporate Project of the International Development Research Centre conducted from February-December 2005. The study’s major aim was to identify current and past ICT4D initiatives in the Caribbean that involve the Diaspora in Canada and the United States of America, as well as to identify other key related actors.
The final report recommends greater co-ordination of the Diaspora’s contribution to ICT-based development in the Caribbean region, the promotion by local and regional policy makers of an enabling environment for investment in ICT-related projects, including social marketing, the involvement of ‘honest brokers’ (institutions seen as disinterested or neutral players in the region) to minimise politicization of government-driven initiatives, and a focus on innovative applications of information and communications technology to commerce, education, and production to improve the quality of life both in the Caribbean and in its North-American Diaspora(s).
- Diaspora engagement