Committed, networked, undervalued? Diasporas as drivers of development

Living between two home countries: the role of diasporas in developing their countries of origin




Living between two home countries: the reasons why people leave their countries of birth are as diverse as people themselves. But it is never easy. Many therefore remain connected to their home countries even after setting up home in a new country, often choosing to get involved in financial, social, political or cultural activities.

The impact made by migrants gives their home countries a major boost, and their work can be a powerful driver when it comes to developing their countries of origin. The United Nations 2030 Agenda emphasises this positive contribution to inclusive growth and sustainable development. However, the wide-ranging dedication of people living in diasporas is often overlooked and undervalued.

How do diasporas contribute to developing their countries of origin at present? And how can they contribute in future? Where can they seek support and what is being done already to strengthen the diasporas in Germany? These questions and others will be discussed on Wednesday, 14 November at the ‘Forum Entwicklung’ organised by Frankfurter Rundschau, hr iNFO and the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), with panelists Kirsten Schüttler (World Bank), Kizito Odhiambo (start-up founder and winner of the Hessische Gründerpreis), Nora Seddig (GIZ expert on diaspora cooperation) and Matida Ndlovu (manager of a venture-capital company).

Venue and date

Saalbau Südbahnhof
Hedderichstraße 51
60594 Frankfurt am Main

Wednesday, 18 November 2018, from 18:30 to 20:30

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