UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland | Director: Professor Liam Kennedy
The Hilton Hotel, Charlemont Place
Diasporas are becoming more and more important in the age of global interconnectivity. They connect homelands and host countries through intricate networks of people and organizations and so contribute to the transfers of people, capital and knowledge across borders.
How and why do diasporas connect disparate peoples and cultures? Today, governments and agencies are seeking to understand the forms and functions of diasporas and engage them to provide new opportunities for investment, knowledge transfer, tourism, conflict transformation, and many other matters.
There is growing international dialogue on the importance of linkages between diaspora and development. Some countries have created ministries, institutions, and programmes to promote diasporas as development agents. At the same time, there are diaspora-led initiatives to shape arenas of social, economic and political development through innovation. There has been a simultaneous proliferation of the number of commercially driven diaspora products emerging across the globe.
The Forum, presented by the UCD Clinton Institute and supported by Irish Aid, will discuss the forms and functions of diasporas in development practice. It will bring together international policymakers, corporate/sector leaders, and scholars to address global examples of diaspora engagement, explore fresh trends and share best practices.