2016
DOI: 10.1080/09739572.2016.1183889
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The African diaspora’s public participation in policy-making concerning Africa

Abstract: This paper examines the involvement of African diaspora organizations in Dutch and European policy-making concerning Africa. It addresses the extent to which their inclusion or exclusion in public policy processes in their destination countries is likely to impact (development) policies relating to their countries of origin. The findings are based on a collaborative research project that involved knowledge institutes and African diaspora organizations in the Netherlands. The data consist of 35 in-depth intervi… Show more

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“…It estimated the remittance flows to low-and middleincome countries to be about 550 USD billion, from the previous 529 USD billion in 2018 (The World Bank, 2019). Diaspora remittances have an important role in supporting local livelihoods, community development projects, innovations and entrepreneurship (Norglo et al, 2016;Rodima-Taylor, 2015). International remittances have become a major source of foreign currencies for most African countries, with private remittances constituting the largest source of international financial flows to Africa (African Economic Outlook, 2015;…”
Section: African Diasporas' Remittancesmentioning
confidence: 99%
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“…It estimated the remittance flows to low-and middleincome countries to be about 550 USD billion, from the previous 529 USD billion in 2018 (The World Bank, 2019). Diaspora remittances have an important role in supporting local livelihoods, community development projects, innovations and entrepreneurship (Norglo et al, 2016;Rodima-Taylor, 2015). International remittances have become a major source of foreign currencies for most African countries, with private remittances constituting the largest source of international financial flows to Africa (African Economic Outlook, 2015;…”
Section: African Diasporas' Remittancesmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…Human beings have long used migration as a means of survival and renewal and in their search for new beginnings; this indeed, paved way for the term 'diaspora', meaning "dispersed people". Diasporas are often influenced, by events in their country of origin (Norglo et al, 2016). a wealth of literatures on the subject Diaspora highlights the contributions of Diasporas towards poverty reduction and overall development projects in their country of origin through remittances (Black & Sward, 2009;De Haas, 2012;Kamau & Kimenyi, 2013;Newland & Patrick, 2004).…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…It also strengthens the state by legitimizing governmental actions and democratic governance (The Republic of Kenya, 2018), as well as influencing budget implementation (Awire & Nyakwara, 2019). According to Norglo et al (2016), public participation improves policies, participants' capacity and social capital as well as providing legitimacy to public institutions' decisions. Moreover, it promotes sustainable decisions by taking into account the needs and interests of all the participants, provides information to participants on their need to participate, and communicate how their input affected the decision (The Republic of Kenya, 2016).…”
Section: Public Participationmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…However, some diasporic groups may lack not information as such, but familiarity with Dutch institutional and policy environments where the relevant services can be accessed. From a policy-making perspective, the Dutch liberal democratic political system is sufficiently decentralised to provide an overall environment in which non-state actors can engage in the policy process to some extent (Norglo, Goris, Lie, & Ong'ayo, 2016;Ong'ayo, 2019). At municipal level, residents and citizens have opportunities to place issue on the municipality's policy agenda through their own initiative (either individually or collectively).…”
Section: Diaspora Collective Action: Cooperation With the Municipalitymentioning
confidence: 99%