media release

Diaspora Contributions to Development

September 09, 2011

Joanna Ashworth, 604.317.9202,
Scott McLean, SFU Vancouver, 778.782.5151,

Simon Fraser University, in partnership with CUSO-VSO and the BC Council for International Education, will host the final of a five-part public dialogue series on Engaging Diaspora in Development. The series, which has been held at SFU’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, has explored the unique ways diasporas from the global south, settled in Canada, are leading initiatives to create change in their communities of attachment.

The final public dialogue, taking place on September 14, at 5:30 p.m., is entitled ‘Diaspora Contribution to Development: Opportunities and Lessons Learned’ and will identify ways that diasporas contributes to development, while exploring the requirements that enable diasporas to have a greater impact on personal capacity development, public policy mechanisms and institutional support.

“Through the project, we’ve reached a consensus that development is about creating the space for choice and that development needs to address uneven income distribution and huge disparities between rich and poor,” says Joanna Ashworth, project director and senior research associate with SFU's Centre for Sustainable Community Development. “It needs to focus on governance as well as health, education, and other poverty reduction strategies.”

The event is open to the public, however advanced registration is required online.

What: Public Dialogue on Diaspora Contributions to Development: Opportunities and Lessons Learned
When: September 14, 2011, 5:30-9 p.m.
Where: Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 West Hastings Street

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