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Reflections from the Global Forum on Migration and Development

The Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) is flexible, multi-stakeholder space where governments can discuss the multi-dimensional aspects, opportunities and challenges related to migration.

At this year’s Forum, MIGNEX co-convened a side event to discuss “Achieving Objective 19 of the Global Compact on Migration: How Can Government Partnerships Better Support Diaspora Contributions to Sustainable Development?”

By Hannah Murray, Jessica Hagen-Zanker – Published on

How can governments better support diaspora contributions to social, cultural and economic development?

Governments around the world are increasingly aware of the importance of diaspora networks in the development of countries of origin. Yet the focus on diaspora contributions, in policy and development circles, too often centres on financial remittances alone. Our event reshaped the conversation to consider how indirect and less visible impact contribute to development, and how governments around the world can harness those insights. MIGNEX’s Leander Kandlinge shared insights from different MIGNEX research areas, including diaspora-led annual carnivals in New Takoradi. We reflect on some of the lessons from the discussion here.

 

Leander Kandilige at the GFMD 2024. Copyright: Valeriano Di Domenico
Leander Kandilige at the GFMD, 2024. Copyright: Valeriano Di Domenico
MIGNEX at the GFMD
Forum Mondial sur la Migration et le Développement. Copyright: Valeriano Di Domenico
Akwasi Ababio, Director of the Diaspora Affairs, Office of the President, Ghana at the GFMD.
Akwasi Ababio, Director of Diaspora Affairs, Ghana at the GFMD, 2024. Copyright: Valeriano Di Domenico

MIGNEX at the Marketplace for Ideas

MIGNEX also had a stand at the Marketplace for ideas. This gave us an opportunity to discuss MIGNEX findings with a wide range of different stakeholders. 

Jessica Hagen-Zanker at the GFMD
Jessica Hagen Zanker at the GFMD, 2024. Copyright: Valeriano Di Domenico
Melissa Siegel and Hannah Murray, GFMD 2024.
Melissa Siegel and Hannah Murray, GFMD 2024. Copyright: Valeriano Di Domenico

Upcoming events

MIGNEX has an exciting year ahead, including a Policy Conference on 25 April, and Academic Conference 25-26 June. For updates on how to get involved, sign up to our quarterly newsletter.

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