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News • LAC
April 13, 2021
Event series: Latin America & the Caribbean, 20 April

Join the third of our five-part regional event series will take place, covering Latin America & the Caribbean, with a focus on digitalisation on Tuesday 20 April, 16:00 (CEST).


As part of the regional thematic event series taking place from March to May 2021, on the 20 April 16:00-18:00 (CEST), EUDiF and the Latin American and Caribbean Economic System (SELA) are joining forces to host a public webinar for the Latin America & the Caribbean (LAC) region. The theme of the event is digitalisation in diaspora engagement, a key trend in the region.

We will kick off the event with a discussion of the findings about diaspora engagement in the region, based on EUDiF’s global mapping of diaspora engagement policies, practices and priorities around the world, which included 24 LAC countries. Dr Manuel Orozco, Director of the Center for Migration and Economic Stabilization at Creative Associates International, who was the lead researcher on LAC, will join EUDiF’s Dr Fanny Tittel-Mosser to compare and contrast diaspora engagement policies and trends in the region.

After setting the scene, there will be a panel discussion to discuss digitalisation in diaspora engagement within the region, followed by questions and comments from the audience – come ready to get involved in the discussion!

Panellists

  • Paulo Illes, Executive Coordinator of Rede Sem Fronteiras
  • Laura Porras-Alfaro, Senior Programme Manager at Plan International
  • Tomás Páez Bravo, Coordinator of the Venezuelan Diaspora Observatory
  • Other speakers to be confirmed!

Digitalisation

Digitalisation in diaspora engagement can include a broad range of topics. One area is that of e-government and digital consular services; in particular, how the governments from countries of heritage engage with their diaspora using digital means to ease administrative procedures and facilitate their access to services. Another topic of interest is the digitalisation of diaspora, through the creation of online communities with the aim to keep strong ties with the country of origin and to contribute to its development.

Recommended reading

We have put together some interesting documents to prepare for this event. Of course you can access all 24 country factsheets via our library or compare countries directly using the interactive map, but now you can also learn about the region as a whole, thanks to our newly published LAC overview. You can also dive into the 22 digitalisation initiatives our researchers highlighted during the global mapping, 7 of which are from LAC.

Other events

The LAC event is one of five regions for which we are running twinned thematic events between March and May 2021. For each region there is a public webinar themed according to the trends highlighted by our global mapping. The public event then feeds into a government roundtable that enables peer-to-peer exchange on the theme and other shared regional interests.

This regional series, combined with the diaspora consultations we have organised across Europe, help us scale up the conversations on diaspora-engagement for development in advance of our first forum, which will be open to all those in Europe and our partner regions who are interested in diaspora and development.

Coming up:

  • Africa: Youth engagement [4 May]
  • South & South-East Asia & the Pacific: Potential of labour migration [18 May]

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