The forum is being organised by the UCD Clinton Institute and is being supported by Irish Aid (DFAT) and Diaspora Matters. It takes place on the 31st October and 1st November in Dublin, Ireland.

Global Diaspora and Development Forum

Global Diaspora and Development Forum


There is growing international dialogue on the importance of linkages between diaspora and development. In both policy and academic sectors there is an emerging if uneven focus on the topic, as governments and agencies attempt to identify and mainstream optimal modes of diaspora engagement for home and host country development. As we approach an important crossroads leading up to the post-2015 development agenda, there remains a knowledge gap on the forms and functions of diasporas in development practice.

This forum is designed to help close this knowledge gap. It will bring together international policymakers, scholars and a diverse range of diaspora actors and representatives to address global examples of diaspora engagement, explore fresh trends and share best practices.  Panels topics include, Diaspora Capital, Philanthropy and Remittances; Investment Flows; Diaspora Networking; Gender; Diaspora Development and Conflict Transformation.

Speakers include:

Sonia Plaza (World Bank)

Ambassador Eva Akerman-Borje (Global Forum on Migration and Development)

Derek Evans (CUSO International)

Angel Jones (Homecoming Revolution)

Teddy MS Ruge (Co-Founder of Hive Colab and

Ambassador William Lacy Swing (Institute Of Migration)

Kingsley Aikins (Diaspora Matters)

Julien Simon (EUROMED)

Semhar Araia (Diaspora African Women’s Network)

Further information on all speakers, panels and registration available on: