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Engaging Diasporas: How Governments and Development Agencies Can Support Diaspora Involvement in the Development of Origin CountriesJune 1, 2006
This study analyses how governments and development agencies have implemented "migrants and development" policies over the past three decades to promote the engagement of diasporas and their members in the development of countries of origin. It focuses specifically on the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and France, but also considers Belgium, Germany, Italy and Spain. The author concludes that in general, it would be a mistake to assume that diaspora groups and their members should be taught how to "do" development or how best to spend their remittances. Diaspora organisations have survived independently for many years; any attempt to patronise or to state "what is best for them" would appear to be a recipe for failure. The challenge for development actors is not to make diaspora organisations more like them, but to build on their unique strengths.
The paper presents current American perspectives on stakeholder interactions in philanthropy, with the focus being on foundations. In particular, it demonstrates the human dynamics of these interactions and suggests how these interactions can be improved. Moreover, the paper includes brief descriptions of stakeholder interaction patterns for foundations in some other countries - Belgium, Brazil, Hong Kong, India, South Africa, Thailand and United Kingdom.
Drawing on the findings of the Johns Hopkins Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project, this report provides a broad overview of the civil society sector in countries spanning all six inhabited continents and includes just-released data on developing countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. The report provides a comparative overview of the civil society sector in 35 countries; analyzes the scope, size, composition, and financing of the sector, including new data on nonprofit employment, volunteering, expenditures, and revenues; examines geographic patterns and characteristics of the nonprofit sector; and presents data in dozens of easy-to-read charts.
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