Is there a role for migrant organisations in development in the home country? Exploring opportunities for the contribution of a migrant organisation to local community development : Case study: DAYA - Northern Ghana

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Since many years the interest in the relation between migration and development has increased worldwide. The last years diasporas are increasingly seen as agents of development, especially the role of remittances has increasingly became the subject of research. These remittances, which can be flows of money, goods knowledge or social values, are becoming more important for developing countries and are a great source of income. Most research is done on the effect of financial remittances: the money migrants send home to their families and friends. However in this research attention will also be paid to remittances based on knowledge, ideas and social values. Of late years the attention concerning the migration-development nexus is shifting to the concept of community development; the presence of, or access to public (not commercially exploited) facilities at a geographical spatial entity level. This is the case when a larger share of the community can take advantage of the combined remittances sent by migrant organisations. These kind of organisations are started by migrants originating from the same country, region or community. Often these associations and their members represent a transnational identity because they are rooted in as well the home country as the destination country. They may be formally or informally organised and their activities and objectives can be philanthropic, political, social and economic in nature. The Dagomba Youth Association (DAYA) in The Netherlands is a migrant organisation consisting of migrants from the Northern Region of Ghana. In this research we will look at the relation between migration and development and what the opportunities are of a migrant organisation like DAYA, for contribution to community development in their region of origin in the future.
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