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    Diaspora strategy reports, principles of good practice published by NIRSA

    By Noreen Bowden | June 16, 2009

    A series of papers on diaspora strategies has been published by the National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis at Maynooth University. The papers have been published in conjunction with the “Exploring Diaspora Strategies: An International Comparison” workshop, which was held in January this year.

    The workshops included speakers such as Yevgeny Kuznetsov of the World Bank, Ray Bassett of the Irish Abroad Unit, Gurucharan Gollerkeri from the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, Alan Gamlen of Oxford University, and Mark Boyle, Rob Kitchin, and Aine O’Neill, all of NUI Maynooth.

    In one of the reports, “Exploring Diaspora Strategies: Lessons for Ireland”, authors Delphine Ancien, Mark Boyle and Rob Kitchin make a number of recommendations under the following headings:

    1. Administrative structures in support of diaspora strategy making
    2. Building infrastructure, building new bridges: creating and fostering information flows and portals
    3. Extending citizenship: offering welfare assistance to diasporeans living abroad
    4. Building diasporic Irish-mindedness
    5. Encouraging philanthropy to support Ireland
    6. Developing business and knowledge networks
    7. Encouraging return migration and providing return facilitation services
    8. Developing an affinity diaspora

    The reports include:

    • Exploring Diaspora Strategies: An International Comparison
    • Exploring Diaspora Strategies: Lessons for Ireland
    • The NIRSA Diaspora Strategy Wheel and Ten Principles of Good Practice
    • The Scottish Diaspora and Diaspora Strategy: Insights and Lessons from Ireland

    Download the reports from the NIRSA website.

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