- 5-6 September 2019
- St. George’s, Grenada
This workshop will aim at presenting and exploring opportunities, challenges, lessons learnt, and best practices through presentations of governments and other stakeholders. It will provide a neutral space for participants to share their experiences and present on-going and past activities. It is recommended that participants view the recent Webinar on the Potential of Diaspora and Development in the Caribbean prior to arrival at the Workshop.
Specifically, this Workshop will help consolidate the information that countries shared related to their own diaspora engagement during the Migration Governance Needs Assessment. The workshop will provide further opportunity to identify activities and capacities as well as, challenges, needs, and priorities and consider how to best address them. This workshop will use these conclusions as well as those learned within the workshop to produce concrete recommendations for follow up. This workshop will provide the opportunity to establish a CMC Network on Diaspora Engagement for Development. In this online portal we have a space dedicated to this network that is available for current and future discussions, information exchange, and sharing publications among members of the network, you can access it here.
At the end of the workshop, participants will have acquired an in-depth understanding of diaspora-related activities and projects aimed at strengthening the link between diaspora and development, and how these efforts can link to overall National Development Plans, focusing on leveraging the well-educated and knowledgeable diaspora members through the transfer of human, social, cultural, and economical capital to specific sectors in their countries of origin. They will moreover become an active part of a CMC Network on Diaspora Engagement for Development to build on the work already undertaken and to further improve exchanges and integration with the Caribbean diaspora.
The CMC will invite representatives that are in decision-making capacities on their country’s diaspora engagement policies – including from agencies from the ministries of foreign affairs, planning and development.
The IOM will cover, to the extent possible, the travel, housing and meals of one participant from each invited State. Alternative funding may also be available for countries and territories of the region.