Diasporas refer to the scattering of many different societies to numerous locations around the world. “Moving People and Cultures: The Impact of Diaspora Communities on their Country of Origin,” held at the GW School of Business on May 17, created a dialogue for policymakers and practitioners to discuss the impact of diaspora communities on economic development, post-conflict reconstruction and international security.
The forum was held as part of the “unConference” program for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Global Diaspora Forum. The International Council for Small Business (ICSB), the GW Diaspora Research Program and the Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence (CFEE) hosted the event.
Panelists included GWSB faculty members Jennifer Brinkerhoff, professor of public administration and international affairs at the Elliot School of International Affairs and co-director of the GW Diaspora Program, and Anu Phene, associate professor of international business. Yevgeny Kuznetsov, senior economist of innovation and growth at The World Bank Group, also participated. Ayman El Tarabishy, executive director of the ICSB, moderated the forum.
Brinkerhoff discussed how diasporas and non-governmental organizations play a large role in helping to respond to failures in the government and in the market. She also discussed what makes a good partnership between two countries and how it can be maintained. Phene discussed the reasons behind the development of ethnic communities in the United States and how access to knowledge and resources causes influxes of immigrants to concentrated areas.
Posted by gwsb on May 26, 2011 | Filed under: GWSB News.