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Diaspora Strategies in Transition States: Prospects and Opportunities for Armenia

Kitchin, Rob and Boyle, Mark (2011) Diaspora Strategies in Transition States: Prospects and Opportunities for Armenia. Working Paper. NIRSA - National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis.

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Abstract

The Armenian Ministry of Diaspora, in collaboration with the National Competitiveness Foundation of Armenia and USAID, is currently working to conceptualize, develop and implement a diaspora strategy for Armenia. We were invited to Armenia to meet with various actors involved in diaspora initiatives and to present an overview of how other countries engage their diaspora, with a particular focus on business and professional networks, to the Board of the National Competitiveness Foundation of Armenia and to suggest potential paths forward. We visited Armenia from November 11th to 15th 2009, presenting to the Board on November 14th. During our visit we met with a number of representatives from organizations forging links between Armenia and its diaspora (full list in Appendix 1). The purpose of this report is to present some preliminary thoughts on the emerging Armenia Diaspora Strategy. Our analysis should be read as embryonic and partial given it is based on solely on three intensive days of meetings with senior actors in Armenia (see Appendix 1) and desk research. To be clear then from the outset, this is a commentary paper designed to ask questions and provoke debate and is not a formal substantive analyses of the Armenian approach to engaging its diasporic population. A more complete picture could only be achieved through further research both with respect to institutional capacity and diaspora engagement programmes in Armenia and in relation to the nature and existing organizations and networks within the diaspora.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Keywords: Diaspora Strategies; Transition States; Armenia; Armenian Ministry of Diaspora; National Competitiveness Foundation of Armenia; USAID; Diaspora Strategy;
Subjects: Social Sciences > Geography
Social Sciences > NIRSA-National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis
Item ID: 2929
Depositing User: NIRSA Editor
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2012 15:37
Publisher: NIRSA - National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis
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