Engaging Diasporas in Development. A Review of Pilot Project Pakistan

PRIO Paper

Erdal, Marta Bivand & Cindy Horst (2010) Engaging Diasporas in Development. A Review of Pilot Project Pakistan. PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.

The Pilot Project Pakistan (PPP) was launched in 2008, with the aim to test ways of engaging with diaspora organization to enhance their development efforts. This report presents the findings from a review of this model, with recommendations for the future of diaspora-development engagement in Norway. In accordance with policies outlines in White Papers 13 and 15 on NOrwegian development and foreign policy, the PPP has sought to engage Norwegian-Pakistanis, both as part of the 'new' Norway and in acknowledgment of the special competence and dedication they possess with regard to development in Pakistan. While the pilot has only been operational for a year and a half, there are clear indications of success with regard to enhancing the development impact of diaspora initatiives, through an increased understanding of development processes and requirements.

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